Photographer's Note

Returning was always a tough experience

Captured in Maastricht, the capital of Limburg, the southernmost province of Holland. Until the mid sixties it was a thriving coal mining and industrial region. Nowadays hardly any industrial activity is left. The ruined structure in the background is the former 'Sfinx' earthenware factory that closed its doors some 5 years ago.
I captured this old man, lost in thoughts near one of the old factory entrances. A scene that belongs to what economists call ‘the shift from an industrial to a service economy’.

Some background info about the pic: It was shot from a tour boat in the locks of the ‘Bassin’ (the old river docks of Maastricht) and I had fully zoomed in (200mm=400mm in full frame). The sky was grey-ish and I darkened it a tiny bit during the PSCS6 processing to make the white hair of the man stand out more against it.

The title is a ‘six word story’. About this type of story: In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway made a bet , challenged by some colleagues, that he could write a complete story..... in just six words. He came up with the famous "For sale: baby shoes, never used" . The colleagues paid up and Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work.

(Edit February 1, 2013: In a recent article this Hemmingway story is refuted.)

This pic was posted in the Six word story group of Flickr, it explores the things the "shortest of short stories" can do for photography. And vice versa.

I’m still very busy. This is #3 of the ‘evocation in black & white‘ triptych.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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