On January 1st 2017, Miek started a Daily Catch online series. Every day she shared an image of something that had ‘caught her eye’. Miek was curious whether the series would allow me to hold onto the vitality of her new surroundings (made up of such ancient layers). By setting off without a destination or idea and yet sharing a visual report each day, it grew into a sequence that shows just how much tension the landscape is under. She tried to record, in as uncensored a manner as possible, what the landscape itself seemed to spotlight at the moment of her passing through it. There are no more than a few seconds between discovery and capture. Varying the camera position when photographing a find turned out to be pointless. By the second, third and fourth shots, the newness had already been extinguished. The images Miek recorded were not the outcome of photographic experiments, but rather a basic and disciplined exercise in looking, and a way to connect with the environment every day.

The book Dagvangst came out in an edition of two copies and shows besides the daily recordings also maps made by Rutger. Each photo is flanked by a map with the location of the shot, marked by a red dot. Jozee Brouwer made the concept for the book and designed it which resulted in a voluminous 667 page large document. The days that Miek was not on the island due to work elsewhere were filled in by black and white recordings from the edge of the island to keep the coastline the only constant during her absence.

Dagvangst was shown during Into The Great Wide Open festival. In order to give the visitor the opportunity to travel to the island, Rutger built a floating table and sturdy stool in the pavilion so that one could experience a past year from day to day. If you are interested the book is on view in the Knockvologan Studies library.

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Miek Zwamborn