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november light

In his recently discussed poem 'November', J.C. Bloem describes the peculiar Dutch light of this month of rain and gloomy fog as "ongekleurd namiddaglicht", literally "colorless late afternoon light". So what does this light look like? It seems impossible to photograph in any evocative way because it would just look grey and, well, colorless.

Two years ago I posted some shots of November fog in the polder. Here are a few more attempts...

November near Kokengen - 1

November near Kokengen - 2

November near Kokengen - 3

November near Kokengen - 4

To be fair, there are also some beautiful November days, when the light is clear and crystalline, and the sun sets in a slow, deep burning of color...

November near Kokengen - 5

November near Kokengen - 6

November near Kokengen - 7

November near Kokengen - 8

(Photos taken near Kokengen - on different days.)


dutch light

While on the subject of observing Holland , another interesting documentary is ' Dutch Light ' ('Hollands Licht', 2003), investigating the myth of the unique quality of light in Holland. It is the dramatic, almost tangible light of 17th … Read the full post »

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