The first summer

The first summer

 

The first thing to catch your eye in this photograph by Marijn de Jong is the body of a woman leaning over, her head in the sink of a cluttered kitchen surface. On closer inspection, you see flowing water and a bottle, most probably shampoo: she’s washing her hair. But why here, in amongst the washing up? And why like this, in a kitchen where the sunlight pours in, where only two hastily hung up cloths act as a shield. Some items of clothing rest on the closed top of a gas stove behind her. There are no signs of how someone might be triggered to wash their hair here, and even so, this is surely not something that happens often. There’s a sense of nonchalance to the way this image has been captured, but also of intimacy and trust. She looks completely relaxed, stood in the kitchen where she walks around naked without a second thought, in no way inhibited by a potential gaze from outside and without any qualms about the photographer capturing her in this everyday scene. That’s what makes this image so special. For a moment we’re standing in the kitchen with a women we know, she’s by no means embarrassed and is more than happy to share the moment with us. It’s rare to be so intimate with a person; that the image is black and white increases this sense of trust and closeness. It becomes a timeless picture, in which the lack of colour helps form a whole. An understated, everyday scene becomes one of exceptional beauty.

 

Anthon Fasel

 

fotograaf: 
Marijn de Jong