Dutch Light

Every time I get off the train in Den Helder before a visit to my beloved Texel I notice the light. It’s different, brighter, colours look more saturated, fresher. In tuesday’s LAB class we watched ‘Dutch Light’, a documentary about the famous light in Dutch art – is it real or is it a myth? Of course watching this film my geographer’s brain started working and theorizing about what could be the case but I’ll have to tap into another vein… the one that makes me vibrate and want to go out when the light is so clear that colours seem almost unnaturally saturated, when buildings, landscape, clouds and the sky seem to be alive.