Down by the Water

2020 - 2021

“The longer I do not travel, the more I turn to the place where I live. I see how my new environment takes care of me. How the baker and the greengrocer bring my groceries to my doorstep every Saturday morning. How all kinds of people call this their village, their neighborhood, their home. I see families who have lived here for generations, I see refugees, outcasts and graduates, I see urban diversity mixed with a small-town state of mind."

“I see urban diversity mixed with a small-town state of mind.”

Robin de Puy (b. 1986) has lived for several years in Wormer, a small village surrounded by water just to the north of Amsterdam. She is fascinated by the American countryside, and during the recent lockdown discovered that her new environment proves to be very universal, with the same sort of local small-town icons that she has often encountered during her travels through the rural landscapes of America.

For example, she meets an eleven-year-old shaman who shows her around barefoot in forbidden territory, she drives around with four giggling brothers in the back seat, and she meets a palm reader who immediately gives her the keys to his house. Dozens of encounters follow and, slowly, not only a photo book is created but also a world in which she starts to feel at home.

Book sale: Hannibal Books

31,7 x 24,3 cm
140 pages
Bilingual edition English-Dutch
ISBN 978 94 6388 789 2

Robinde Puy