Photos from friends
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how nice it is to look back through your pictures from some trip, and find a great picture taken by a stranger. Imagine my surprise then, when we received two gifts this weekend past. The first was a beautiful book, The Atlas of Experience, which creates a fictionalised landscape. Given our love of things cartographical, imaginary and bookish, this was a perfect wedding gift.
The second gift was a photograph. It was taken on an ancient piece of Chinese magic (or, for the more prosaic, a Seagull Camera). And it was beautifully framed. The picture we were given was taken of me and CIA in Amsterdam some months ago. We had spent the day with a friend of ours on NDSM-werf, a derelict shipyard. It is every bit as cool as it sounds, and really swung me around on Amsterdam, a city I previously thought little of. Our friend had just got the camera, and was taking it out on its first spin, and the result was marvellous.
The other picture, from the same day, is of CIA standing in front of an improbably new building that I cannot find on google maps. Still, there is this other amazing building there, which I am sure we will feel motivated to write about later.
For me, it is absolutely fair to say that photos from friends beat photos from strangers nearly every time.
Photos by our friend, MK on NDSM-werf