Mostly stuck inside and watching the goings-on on the street down below, 2020 and 2021 will be remembered as the hermit years. Socially distant and masked when outside, often bored inside, the combination provided a surprising spurt of creativity throughout the various lockdowns and curfews in Amsterdam. Limited Range is a series of banal yet poignant image sets coupled with observations.
Post-its during lockdown
Just like in the movies
Bin across the road
A cat peers out the window of a backpack it has found itself in on the back of a woman cycling past.
A man walking a dog is circled repeatedly by a policeman on a bike.
A man walks past juggling three oranges unsuccessfully.
A woman strolls past deftly on stilts wearing a bright blue suit.
A woman in a leopard print tracksuit on a bike stretches down to pick up a plastic bottle in the gutter.
A man peddles past with pounding doof-doof music blaring loudly from speakers in his bakfiets.
A scruffy grey-haired man comes by repeatedly to pick up rubbish left near the bin.
A man wearing double denim walking in the rain.
A man pushes a wardrobe along the street on a small trolley.
“In 2016 we know that 2020, not even a decade from now, is going to be very different and possibly quite scary compared to what we have now.”
August 2021 | I’ve just started reading Bit Rot, a book that switches between fact and fiction deftly. A book that engages the brain, that triggers thought. The quote above appeared on page 26. I wonder whether Douglas was aware of just how prophetic that sentence would be when he wrote it. And for so many reasons. I’m really enjoying this book, not sure how I missed the exhibition in Rotterdam.