Today I drove down to Vinkeveen, a small village south of Amsterdam surrounded by lakes, to find a spot to stall our little boat. It is in a parking lot on a trailer, but the space will be renovated and I have to move it. So we got in the car and went for a search along the waterfront. While driving I spotted a striking line of pollard willows and I just had to stop. And take a picture.
Pollard willows. A skyline of black fists punching a custard sunset can have a powerful effect on the heart.
But! Putting it up here, on the blog, it reminds me of Mountain, a photo instalation of snapshots used in a chandelier-like construction, hanging in mid-air, depicting a mountain topped with eternal snow. Each generic picture of trees, stone, sky and snow – snapped with a phone camera by an anonymus photographer – unites with the next, and together they form one image. (Similar to creating an image out of many little ones, grouped by color or pattern, a popular theme in photography nowadays, see Obama) It is the work of modern photographer Ola Lanko. Using the images made by others.
Since the introduction of mobile phones and their camera’s many pictures have been taken by many phones. Now there’s an ad for a new phone stating to be the best camera to make a call. Everybody just takes pictures all the time.
[voice outside the page:] You know what the trouble is with photography nowadays? Everyone has a camera and everybody is a photographer. We are drowning in images.
>> Ola Lanko and more contemporary photography atQuickscan#2, t/tm 8 mei in the Nederlands Fotomuseu, Wilhelminakade 332, Rotterdam. Di-vr 10-17u, za-zo 11-17u.
Note: Remember the work of David Hockney, one of the greatest artists of our time. In my opinion.