Friday, January 12, 2007

Untouchable delight

The documentary Dutch Delight (Hollands Licht, 2003) by Pieter-Rim de Kroon and Maarten de Kroon tries to unveil the myth of Dutch light. Dutch light, immortalized by many great poets, painters and photographers. They tried to unravel the mystery of Dutch light. The result is beautiful cinematography. We still try the impossible: to make visible what is invisible. Light is invisible. We know it is there, out there, because we can see those things touched by it. But is Dutch light so different from Indonesian light? In Bali one can experience similar sceneries: blue skies and ever changing formations of cumulus clouds. But here in Jakarta the light is indeed very different. Perhaps due to air-pollution. And the air seems untouched, often greyish. The untouchable delight cannot be unraveled, it can only be shown.

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