Via Facebook and Instagram I asked whether the followers could see which symbols or hidden messages can be found in the photos I took for the series “Life in Quarantine,” “Working from Home” and the photos I take with the title “ Lockdown 2.0. ” It was too hard, I guess… Don’t worry. I am happy to help you to parse or analyse photos.
De eerste foto
Het lijkt enorm lang geleden. Die eerste foto die ik plaatste in de serie “Leven in Quarantaine.” Eerlijkheidshalve moet ik wel even verduidelijken dat deze eerste foto gemaakt werd zonder dat ik de intentie had om er een serie van te maken. Dat werd het wel.
De foto maakte ik zeven dagen nadat de eerste lockdown begonnen was in Nederland. Officieel sprak men toen van een ‘intelligente lockdown.’ De scholen sloten de deuren en ons werd opgeroepen om thuis te werken.
It seems like such a long time ago. The moment I took the first photo that would become part of the series “Life in Quarantine.” I have to admit that I didn’t think about starting a series of photos when I took the photo that you can see below. It turned out to be the very first photo.
I took this photo on the seventh day of the first lockdown (March 2020) in The Netherlands. Back then, the government referred to this as an ‘intelligent lockdown.’ Schools closed and people worked from home.
Even before the children were homeschooled, my better-half worked from home. The patterns or the rhythm of our lives were changed when the schools closed.
As a self-employed photographer and writer, I had to find out the hard way what a lockdown can do. No more work. No photos, not writing and no creating new websites. After being a homeschool teacher, I did what the children did. Especially what the oldest one did just before I took this photo: being bored.
“I do miss BMX lessons,” was the cue to invite our oldest one to step onto the table. The table in our living room. It had become the place where the children received their education and where my better-half worked.
This photo is part of the series “Working from home.” After the reopening of the schools, a special situation arose. The children went to school. The parents continued to work at home. My other half was constantly working to ensure that companies and institutions had sufficient protective materials at their disposal. That was a difficult task. One where you sometimes don’t want to be disturbed.
Little had changed for me. No assignments, nothing.
Vegan cooking class
It’s true, we do cook a lot of vegan meals around here! This photo shows the mother and the father,’ without the children. The children were home that day.
A reference to 2015. Then I was in Vrouw Magazine (Father’s Day Special), a section of a national newspaper in the Netherlands… Also on an ironing board. To show that sometimes it is a matter of balancing. This time we redid the photo.
Portrait photography course
This is not the ‘official’ photo of the thirtieth day. Each photo session consists of several photos, of which the best is used. Or the worst … whatever you want.
Had enough explanation?
Have you had enough explanation? The photos that were taken in the Lockdown 2.0 series (the current photo series) also contain many symbols. If you are curious about the photos, use the buttons below.