I’ve been working with these archives for years now, but I never grow tired of it. I’m mostly interested in their photographic collections, rather obviously so I suppose, and they are still a source of wonder to me. Not so much because I keep finding new things (that too, cause it’s huge), but mostly because I look at these pictures differently now than I did a couple of years ago. First of all, my frame of reference has changed quite a bit since then. Five years ago, I wasn’t particularly interested in photography. I didn’t practice it myself, and I had very little experience in looking at images. Second: for various projects I’ve been collaborating with photographer/artist J.S. over the last two years, including doing research and selecting images from these archives. He has an interesting way of looking at images. I don’t always agree with his choices – or I don’t understand them – but working with him is always refreshing and exciting.
I had a bit of a slow day yesterday. It was a national holiday, but I decided to go to work anyway. I took a handful of images from the hard drive that I particularly like for some reason. And I’d like to not explain why. For a change.
Photos taken from the Archives for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.