I recently visited a photography exhibition from renowned Dutch photographer, Cor Jaring. Before his death in 2013, he entrusted his negatives and slides from 1965-1975 to Amsterdam City archives.
“Cor Jaring was a true Amsterdammer, a street urchin from the Wittenburg quarter, born into a family of dockworkers in 1936. He first came into contact with photography by chance, while doing compulsory military service, and mastered the craft by trial and error. In the 1960’s Amsterdam was all ‘hap-hap-happening’. The sleepy The Netherlands was rudely awakened by the provocative, playful actions of Amsterdam’s youth. Cor Jaring was there and recorded what he saw. The capital became known as rebellious, ‘magical city’. No Dutch photographer identified with the counterculture of the 1960 as strongly as Cor Jaring. From Provos to the flower power, from sexual liberation, to the Butterfly Opera: This exhibition shows that he was more than an eye witness: he was part of ‘the happening’.”
At the end of the exhibition I noticed a broken window glass while walking to the exit door. I shot it because it created an interesting effect, when looking through it, to what was happening outside.
When looking through the broken glass, being still touched by the photos I had seen, I thought of how contrasting they were vis-à-vis contemporary life, which is not less turbulent, but perhaps just more numb and accommodating to what is happening in the world.
I made some photos of his photos. He shot the first hippies, worker’s riots, peaceful anti-war and anti-nuclear demonstrations, and protests against the engagement of Princess Beatrix with Claus von Amsberg, a German and former member of the Hitlerjugend. Enjoy it.
For this challenge, capture something broken: an old window, a vintage sign, a toy never fixed, a contemplative friend. Or go deeper: find beauty in something broken.
I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.
Want to know how to join? Check below.
Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:
This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.
As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab reopened its doors.
You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”
How to join:
Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.
Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.
Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.
Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.
Thanks for joining and enjoy it.
The Clinic – Photo Rehab
Here is the link to add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:
Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well: