Sometimes the world hangs together like coincidences. At least ... I think so.
Recently I have added a work of art to the plain wall in my home. And I may have attended art academy, but I didn't have art on the wall at all before. No idea why, but I was probably working on other things. And the way in which that artwork made it to my wall is pretty funny, because it started with reading a book.
Through my love I got hold of the book 'Humankind' by Rutger Bregman. I'm really not a bookworm, but I wanted to read this book right away. I have been interested in social psychology for years and I am also quite gullible ... in other words ... I believe that most people are good and that, through education or environment, people sometimes do not know how to express and thus behave themselves.
One Sunday I started reading, and two days later I finished it. Brilliant! * It's a science book, but you read this history of humanity like a novel. My feeling really corresponded with the book, most people are indeed good.
The author Rutger Bregman writes for the ad-free online platform for journalism, 'De Correspondent' and I am thus kept informed by often 'critical' newsletters they send. Some very interesting, others not. Just like mine :-).
One day, for example, the newsletter of Rutger Bregman suddenly fell into my inbox in which he explains that his book 'Most people are good' has been drawn as a kind of card by an artist. How cool, I thought! And indeed ... the artwork looked beautiful. You could also listen via a link how the artist, Carlijn Kingma, explained the entire work of art.
Listening to the story with my airpods in, I was already busy buying a poster of this beautiful work of art. I was so impressed. But as is often the case with your concentration behind my laptop ... I got distracted. The poster never came.
Months later I was looking for a nice location for a new photoshoot. And that is sometimes quite a task. Because A) we do not know all the beautiful locations in the Netherlands and B) some locations are simply super expensive. But we always find one eventually.
This time however, I really couldn't find any, so I texted my old friend & stylist Marieke van der Kleij. She must know a place, right? And she did! She told me to approach Lenny because he had a beautiful gallery.
Lenny Oosterwijk is a photographer and I have also know him for a long time, but we hand't spoken for years. Way back in the 90's, we used to be friends. He even photographed my fashion academy graduation collection and now he has his own gallery.
I contacted Lenny via Instagram and you can find his reaction below.
Hi Len, how is it going?
I'm looking for a good location for pictures and heard you would probably know a place. It's for tomorrow..
Do you have/know something?
Let me know
How are you? You can call me at *phone number*
In brief? I called, had a nice chat and a day later Kim, the model, the make-up artist and I were on Lenny's doorstep. Marieke had said nothing too much. A beautiful old school building with 4 large halls full of beautiful art.
In 1 room I walked in and turned around and saw ...
Lenny, isn't this uhhh ..?
> Yes, this is a Carlijn Kingma
The one from?
Yes! I received a newsletter via ..
> The Correspondent
Yes! Is this a real one?
> Yes! Lenny laughed
And so I suddenly stood in front of 'The fabric of humanity' by Carlijn Kingma. Sooo beautiful. Lenny had the entire Kingma collection up on the walls. He said that Carlijn Kingma studied architecture at TU Delft. And that when she graduated, her project did not meet the formal exam requirements, which consist of a long list of architectural products. Instead, she made an animated film that moved through fifty of her drawings, rewarding her with a 10! Eventually she started drawing cards to give her thoughts imagination. She calls herself the Cartographer of the Society.
I want that one Len! How much would that be?
Okay, that was a bit of a shock, but trough Lenny I came to put up number 47 of the 70 copies (the original was a zero too many for me) at my house. I now look at it every day when I am working. Yeah!
In the meantime we have already taken pictures at Lenny's three times. Lenny and I have made another bottle of wine victim of our chats and another work of art has already caught my eye. Yes, that's how it goes, I think. But more on that later.
Gallery Untitled Koningsveldestraat 14 in ROTTERDAM
There are now some critical comments on the book, but that doesn't take away from my own positivity. I continue to believe in it and that makes my life a lot easier.
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