Rein Jelle Terpstra, Dark Dunes (Donkere duinen); Fotomuseum, The Hague

For people who lived in countries occupied by the Germans during World War II, that time became a trauma, which became hereditary for generations to come. In fact, those who deny this or do not know it, understand little of the society they live in.

As the generation that lived through World War II becomes smaller and smaller, that war period is increasingly becoming a myth. In the process, it is forgotten that there was also an everyday life.

For instance, there was an anonymous photographer who took pictures of the landscape, objects and things from everyday life. The negatives were collected by artist Rein Jelle Terpstra (1960).

The photographer added the dates, shutter speeds and aperture stops. The negatives are now presented at Fotomuseum Den Haag in the exhibition Donkere duinen (“Dark Dunes”).

The negative images are presented as a kind of dream images; knowing that in dreams, any obviousness can turn into doom or open-endedness. At the same time, enlargements of front pages of the Algemeen Handelsblad – a daily newspaper during the war – are exhibited as if to illustrate the doom lurking behind the pictures.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Rein Jelle Terpstra and to Fotomuseum, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters


One thought on “Rein Jelle Terpstra, Dark Dunes (Donkere duinen); Fotomuseum, The Hague

  1. Ik was er vanmorgen en het maakte veel indruk op me. Aan het lezen van de kranten kwam ik (nog) niet toe, de beelden, zo mooi en passend in negatief gehouden gaven de duistere sfeer uitstekend weer….


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