“water” poem by Wislawa Szymborska

A drop of water fell on my hand,
Blood-let from the Ganges and the Nile,

from the Ascension-day voyage off a seal’s whiskers to heaven,
from water out of the shattered pitchers in the cities of Y’s and Tyre.

On my index finger
the Caspian Sea is open

and the Pacific meekly joins the Rudawa,
that same stream that floated as a little cloud over Paris

in the year seven hundred and sixty-four
on the seventh of May at three in the morning.

There are not enough mouths to utter
all your fleeting names, O water.

I would have to name you in all tongues,
pronouncing all the vowels at once

while also keeping silent–for the sake of the lake
that waits to be named

and doesn’t exist on this earth, just as the star
reflected in it is not in heaven.

Somebody drowned, someone dying was
crying out for you. It was long ago and it was yesterday.

You have saved houses from fire, you have carried off houses
as you did trees, forests as cities.

You’ve been in christening fonts and courtesan’s baths.
In kisses and coffins.

Gnawing stone, nourishing rainbows,
in the sweat and the dew of the pyramids, the lilacs.

How light is all this in the raindrop.
How gently the world touches me.

Whatever, whenever, wherever has happened
Is written down on the waters of Babel.

by Wislawa Szymborska, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996
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Sponsor and get this Artbook!

there will be a book about this trip and you can also sponsor the exhibition!


The Boat

Sailing yacht “GEMINI” is a Frisian 46, designed by Dick Koopmans sr., a well-known Dutch designer. She is cutter-rigged, has a steel hull and was built in 1986 weighing nearly 20 tons. Due to her heavy construction she is very suitable for long distance voyages and easy to handle by a small crew. Dim. 13.65 x 4.02 x 1.85 m.
Sailing Yacht GEMINI
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Today I implemented GoFundMe, an easy way for you to sponsor the exhibition (funds will not be used for the voyage!).
For US$ 30, you sponsor the exhibition ànd receive a handbound book about the whole voyage with a lot of photographs, details and -hopefully- anecdotes.
So don’t hesitate and join the project!

my youngest grandson Jay
PS. 5 dec. is also Sinterklaas in Holland, a very special folklore festival. Nothing to do with racism whatsoever, just one big happy kids party.
Check it out!

on the picture: my youngest grandson Jay and Sinterklaas

Who am I?

I have a long career as a studio photographer. For the last 7-8 years I divide my time between Zeeuws-Vlaanderen where I work doing art and cultural community projects and The Hague where my wife, children and grand-children live.
Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is a small remote part of The Netherlands, enclosed between Belgium and the river Scheldt where, in comparison to the number of inhabitants, many artists live and with a strange history of wars and inundations.
I am also the founder of Circle-24, an international foundation of artists (since 1989) who keep eachother informed about trends and technologies.
The picture below is where I live.

the Lighthouse



I will join my brother on his voyage around the world for a period of 10 weeks.
I think that will give me plenty opportunities to photograph WATER. You can read all about his travelling here: and see where he has all been here and here.
Frans is the sailor (has always been). I am afraid I hardly know anything about sailing, to be honest. Although we have been together on former trips, Scotland, England, France. So I just do as I am told and will share my adventures with you in detail …



Why water?

Water (as in: ocean) and air (sky) are both givers of life. Visible sky is water in a different form, as in mist, damp, rain or snow. All these forms are more or less transparent and hard to fetch, grab unless with a container. They share their colour palette but, depending on light and atmospheric circumstances, can take any colour or hue really.

This should be interesting enough for an art project, don’t you agree?

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