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11 maart – boekpresentatie Caspar Claasen: Even Firemen

Het boek ‘Even Firemen’ is een persoonlijk verslag van fotograaf Caspar Claasen over hoe zijn dochter Lora (8) hem hielp – meestal onbewust, alleen al door haar aanwezigheid – bij zijn worsteling door een ‘donkere en prachtige periode van angsten en depressies’, zoals Claasen die tijd zelf omschrijft.

Claasen in zijn Engelse toelichting: ‘In the fall of 2013 I suddenly panicked. Just like that. And then it multiplied. Into thousands of fears, thousands of horrible things that could possibly happen. And a lot of those scenarios involved Lora, my then 4 year old daughter. (…)’

‘Meanwhile, I was working, or trying to, as a photographer and a freelance visual designer. But I also was with Lora a lot of the time. Which to me was great… but exhausting. I suffered from immense headaches, dizziness and tiredness. I avoided friends and family and crowds, while at the same time feeling isolated, lonely and depressed. I was not the fun and friendly and active dad I wanted to be. Which gave me more stress. (…)’

‘So in a way I was, perhaps, confronting my own fears by photographing Lora. By simply spending time with her. Having fun, or at least trying to have fun, and sometimes pretending to have fun. But it helped. I actually started believing the numerous people who told me, again and again, who had always told me, that I was doing fine. That Lora was doing fine. And always has been.’

Presentatie Even Firemen
Zondag 11 maart
16 – 18 uur
PhotoQ Bookshop

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