Dark Dunes

Dark Dunes - cover

Dark Dunes

The photo book Dark Dunes is about an enthusiastic amateur photographer who took his best pictures during the German occupation of the Netherlands. He was very meticulous in his handling of the medium of photography. Not only did he write down shutter times and aperture stops in the margins of his negatives, he also recorded the time of day, what the weather was like and what year it was: almost all between 1940 and 1945. He photographed landscapes, tulips, country lanes, and sometimes the cloudy sky.
A photographer who looks through the lens without seeing the age and world that he's living in.
This series of negatives is questioning how photography can conceal the reality, instead of revealing it, and can be escapistic, instead of engaging.
All photographs are printed as I found them: as negatives. Included are some newspapers whose publication dates correspond with the dates the photographer wrote in the margins of the negatives.

An insert sheet with the English translation of the essay (by Wilco Versteeg) is also included.

The photobook is designed by Willem van Zoetendaal and can be ordered via mail@reinjelleterpstra.nl or via Publisher Willem van Zoetendaal. Pre order price is € 22,- / $ 25,- excl. shipping costs.
(I hope to hand over the book in person, on a book launch, later in 2020)

concept Donkere Duinen – © Rein Jelle Terpstra
Design- Willem van Zoetendaal
Epilogue- Wilco Versteeg
Language Dutch, with English text on insert paper
Translation Taco Hidde Bakker
Dimensions- 16,5 x 22 cm,
48 pages FC
Scans Roy Taylor
Printing and binding Drukkerij Tienkamp, Groningen, Amsterdam
Publisher Rein Jelle Terpstra / Van Zoetendaal Publishers

reinjelleterpstra.nl, vanzoetendaal.com
Distribution ideabooks.nl

ISBN 978-90-72532-46-6

© Amsterdam 2020