Dirk Kome: Rockanje
Rockanje; my parents and brother
Before my graduation at the Rietveld Academie (1999) I wanted to make a series where I, the photographer, would seem absent. In this way I give the spectator the feeling he or she is there, standing next to my subject, instead of being a bit of a voyeur.
With this in mind I started the series about my parents and my brother. They are so used to my presence that I can move around unnoticed and take pictures without them being aware and feeling the need to pose. This way a picture becomes a layered story instead of a fictional representation.
They live in an old fashioned not-modernized farm, but that's only the arena. Their pictures are about two boys, a girl and the animals they live with. Individuals with each their own hopes, desires and insecurities. A mom, a dad, a son, and their subcutaneous mutual tensions. After my graduation I didn't feel it was finished. I kept on photographing and noticed a new layer was added. The layer of time.
A lot has changed the last fifteen years. My parents were 53 and are now 67, my brother was 25 and is 39. My brother is still single, lives at home and sometimes in a trailer next to the farm. My parents became grandparents. Their bodies more fragile, their hair grey. They're not as strong as they were, while my brother's strength and influence grew. For some time means growth, for others deterioration. Photography captures the time and makes it visible.