The Swiss connection…

This afternoon I visited the Lichtzone gallery in Groningen for a long overdue face-to-face…

Lichtzone is a gallery not funded by the government, but an initiative of a few photographers in Groningen, so they need to be more careful with funds, but they have total freedom in their choice of exhibitions and that is a huge bonus.

Today the exhibition ‘De Vesting’ (The Fortress) of photos of the Dutch island Schiermonnikoog, as photographed by Peru/Italian photographer Luca Solari. The selection on display in Lichtzone features a beautiful set of landscape photographs of the island. All in Black&White to further emphasise the natural lines and the rather unique clouds and skies you get in the Netherlands. The accompanying book also contains portraits Luca shot of the inlanders of the Island. It is a fantastic exhibition and I urge you to go and have a look if you like photography and you’re in or near Groningen. It will be on display all of May.

The way I got to know of this exhibition is perfect case of why I love Facebook and the possibilities it gives and international connections you can maintain through it: A few years ago  I was traveling to Lucca in Italy and I had a stop in Switzerland visiting an old mate Doc. Spoons (currently taking Switzerland by storm as the drummer with Philipp Frankhauser). He had another Dutch acquaintance: singer and writer Mo Millar who is living in Switzerland also and we hooked up on Facebook.

One or two years ago this exposition had already made it’s way to Schiermonnikoog and back then I wasn’t able to make it, but now that it was in Groningen and it was to be opened today I definitely didn’t want to miss it again. As it turns out Mo is married to Luca and that at least solved the riddle for me how Mo was connected to this exhibition. It was great to finally meet Mo and Luca in real now! Thank you for a great afternoon, for the wonderful photos and inspiration for new work and I hope we’ll meet again. There are plans somewhere to head back to Switzerland at some point :)