Azaruja #1, 23/7/2001 11:58
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"There is nothing worse than to know ones way in a house that doesn't exist anymore." — Rudy Kousbroek (1929-2010)
When one remembers a certain experience or incident, the memory can be accompanied by all the other aspects that were present at that time: the weather; the time of year or day; the temperature; and the location, with all its specific atmospheric facets like its texture, its color, its sound, its smell and, of course, its light. All the memories from my early youth—until my ninth birthday—are connected to the atmosphere of the house in which I was born. Whenever I find a place that still has this interior light I know instantly and exactly where to set up my camera to take the photograph that will illustrate the atmosphere I'm looking for—it is the same as that of the house I lost forever. Every time this happens, it feels like putting on an old coat, and every time it brings me back to my early youth and my native soil for a moment. Call it an obsession or maybe even an addiction; I don't care. To me, it is of unimaginable importance and a great pleasure.
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