large edition | 05
special edition | 01
small edition | 20

Jan Jacob Slauerhoff
Leeuwarden Lonkt

Leeuwarden, Voorstreek 26, in front of the parental home
Late summer 1919

Slau and Simon Vestdijk visit Leeuwarden. They knew each other laterally from the HBS and study medicine in Amsterdam, while the admiration for each other’s writing and poetry connects them.

Jan Jacob Slauerhoff together with Simon Vestdijk in front of Slauerhoff’s parental home. This street on the Voorstreek has also been completely restored to its old atmosphere; modern elements and facades have been removed and “replaced” by other existing old facades, which can of course still be found in the city. It has been looked up, photographed and edited in the present time to create this final image with the atmosphere of the early twentieth century.

Jan Jacob Slauerhoff (nickname “Jan”, for his friends “Slau”) was born as the fifth of six children in a Protestant middle class environment in Leeuwarden. He suffered from asthma attacks. To relieve this, he spent a few months every year on Vlieland with his family. Slauerhoff went to the HBS in Leeuwarden. In 1916 he moved to Amsterdam to study medicine. During his student days he met Simon Vestdijk (also from Leeuwarden). Slauerhoff participated in student life, but also remained on his own, reading, writing. Inspired by some French poets from the Romantic era (Baudelaire, Verlaine, Corbière and Rimbaud, among others), he opted for a bohemian-like, detached position.

In 1921, while he was still a student, his debut collection Archipel was published. The poetry of the then 23-year-old Slauerhoff was received with praise. Slauerhoff would remain fascinated by islands throughout his life. In his later work too, the island developed into a metaphor on which to project his desires. At a literary student club that Slauerhoff attended at the time, he met Truus de Ruyter. She would be the first in a series of women with whom he did not dare to commit. Truus wanted security, he wanted to go to the sea. When the end of his studies approached and the engagement to Truus was broken, Slauerhoff knew for sure: he would leave the homeland and go to sea.

As a ship’s doctor, Slauerhoff made long journeys by ship. The isolation on board suited him well. He retired to his cabin to work on his novels, stories and poems.

During his life van Slauerhoff published a total of 10 collections of poetry, 3 collections of short stories, 3 novels and 1 play. One year after his death, one new novel by Slauerhoff was published posthumously. He has also translated a number of prose works from Spanish, Portuguese and French. Slauerhoff’s poems, novels and stories are reprinted to this day.

The series Leeuwarden Lonkt
Maartje Roos has captured fragments from the lives of famous Leeuwarders in a contemporary manner. Recognizable locations and elements of the current city have been used to go back in time. The Stadhouderlijk Hof, for example, can be seen in its old form by using modern photo techniques and the still-present parts of buildings in the city.

In total, so far, 33 extras have posed in historical costumes. Three dogs, three horses, a cat and birds have appeared before the lens. Special ballet clothing had to be made. And it has been quite a quest to get the right ballet hall, pram, grand piano, mirror and car from that time. Even the actual household effects of Troelstra were unpacked from the Tresoar store in Winschoten for the first time after fifteen years.

Thanks to:
Stichting Nieuwe Stadweeshuis, Stichting Siebolt Foundation, Tresoar, Princessehof, Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden, Friesche Balletschool, Museum ‘t Ald Slot, Kunstkade, Stichting Oud Oranje, ‘t Andere Museum van oldtimer tot kant, Atelier Kantweelde, It Hoarnleger, Panta-Rei Antiek, De Kanselarij, Team Horsthuis, Saskia Wagenvoort visagie & grime, Stichting Oud-Oranje, Jongsma Grime en Haarwerk, Kostuumcentrale S.T.A.P., Gaele Landheer, Bonny Kalsbeek, Het Stadhouderlijk Hof, Baukje Schrijft, Boonstra Elektronika, Stichting De vier Pelikanen.

And of course the actors/models:
Jeroen Dijkstra (Simon Vestdijk) Jona de Berg (J.J. Slauerhoff), Renske Kloet (figurant), Tryntsje Kooistra (figurant), Tjipke Hendrik Kooistra (figurant), Grietje Kooistra (figurant), Jan-kees Geersing (figurant), Elise Marije Naomi Jepma (Anna van Nassau), Sijbren Reitsma (schildknaap), Sijbren Reitsma en Auke Eelkema (Willem Lodewijk van Nassau), Bommel (Kooikerhondje), Rinke Schroor (pianist), Machteld Marra (Greetje Zelle), Bente Bruning (ballet), Mireille Knopp (ballet), Marleen Boomsma (ballet), Michelle Post (ballet), Teddie Woudstra (ballet), Evelyn Bosma (ballet), Marije Hoekstra (Saskia van Uylenburgh), Ruben van Vliet (Rembrandt), Gaele Landheer (figurant paard en wagen), Linus Harms, (figurant), Nelleke Roos (figurant), Maartje Roos (figurant), Boris (Vizsla draadhaar), Sigrid Runia (Mariijke Meu), Femke Joustra (dienstmeid), Rudie Hiemstra (J.H. Knoop), Christopher Morgan (Willem IV), Lalique White (Koningspoedel), Tessa vd Ende (Nienke van Hichtum), Pascal Henry William Huiting en Lutzen (P.J. Troelstra), Saskia Wagenvoort (figurant), Miriam Letsch (Titia), Marthijs Veldthuis (Jan Cock Blomhoff).

  • large edition | edition 07 + AP edition small | edition 07 Anemone Nemorosa Sunbeams beyond the shadows revive! fertile power explosion nearby, in Royal Forest colorful and (im) perishable, over and over again from the first leaf unfolding to the powerful bellowing An oasis, a utopian place in the forest full of power and […]
    large edition | edition 07 + AP edition small | edition 09 Lotje Cultural Living Heritage | the last of their kind A series in the making about endangered pet breeds Lotje, a young lady of 2 years and pregnant for the first time. She is a model for me as an ode to the […]
    Anemone Coronaria
    large edition | 07small edition | 09 Anemone Coronaria (Translation from Dutch:) the world upside downa quiet (er) life gas masksmouth masksdistanceinside outsideoutside inside sneakingsearchingwandering death and destruction out of balancecounterbalanceleanlean togetheroffer comfortfind comfort see beautyand bloom The flowers, in this still life, have been carefully selected in their meaning. Flowers that fit into the […]
    Zwarte haan – Black rooster
    large edition | 07small edition | 07 Zwarte haan In the spirit of Jan Mankes Black rooster A reaction to Jan Mankes’ “White rooster” from 1917, a beautiful painting showing his (then already) rare white Frisian rooster, I show the now very rare black variant of the Frisian Hoen. According to official guidelines, there are […]
    Ter Borch untitled
    large edition | 03small edition | 07 Ter Borch untitled Recognizable the work of the painter Gerard ter Borch and the city Zwolle. Back to the 17th century. I used Ter Borch’s genre pieces as a source of inspiration. On these genre pieces people can be seen in their daily environment, who stand in mutual, […]
    Nooi de starm
    large edition | 05small edition | 07 Nooi de starm The island Schiermonnikoog | after the storm June 2019 | Artist in Residence Schiermonnikoog KunstDOK Schiermonnikoog surprised and inspired me A beautiful quiet island with large wide beaches, I had never seen them that big. Small and insignificant, yet oh so happy I felt there, […]
    Eartiids Earnewâld
    large edition | 05small edition | 15 Eartiids Earnewâld Identity & changeAn image of the village of Earnewâld what it must have looked like a century ago. With the Agnes church tower as its focal point, seen from the old lock. I started looking for the stories and professions that determined the identity of this […]
    Goud Fries | Goudpel haan
    large edition | 07small edition | 07 Goud Fries Golden Frisian Tribute to the Frisian grouse – Friese hoen – Goudpel (Gold pelt) – and Frisian Harlinger tile work. The Frisian fowl is an old breed that already existed on the mounds in the early Middle Ages. Here a winner gold pelt rooster shows off […]
    Janke 278
    large edition | 07small edition | 07 Janke 278 Ode to the Red pied frieze cattle.With a noble head, beautiful eyes and a red-spotted body, Janke 278 is standing here in an authentic grup stable in Friesland. The Frisian red and white cow is an endangered cow. Fortunately, there are more and more farmers and […]
    Willem lodewijk van Nassau
    large edition | 05 special edition | 01 small edition | 20 Willem Lodewijk van Nassau Leeuwarden Lonkt Leeuwarden Stadhouderlijk Hof, autumn 1587 Willem Lodewijk, stadholder of Friesland, leaves for Franeker to make arrangements about the wedding ceremony between him and his cousin Anna, daughter of Willem van Oranje. The Stadhouderlijk Hof in the atmosphere […]
    Maria louise van Hessen kassel
    large edition | 05 special edition | 01 small edition | 20 Maria Louise van Hessen Kassel Leeuwarden lonkt The Princessehof, Leeuwarden December 13, 1742 Marijke and her son, Stadholder William IV, are presented during the lunch by court gardener Johan Hermann Knoop, the first boiled potato. The story goes that on 13 December 1742 […]
    Saskia van Uylenburgh en Rembrandt van Rijn
    large edition | 05 special edition | 01 small edition | 20 Saskia van Uylenburgh Leeuwarden Lonkt Leeuwarden, Het Hof van Friesland July 3, 1634 Saskia, in the presence of her brand new husband Rembrandt van Rijn, filed a complaint and thereby renounces the property assets of her family. After that she leaves Friesland for […]
    pieter jelles troelstra
    large edition | 05 special edition | 01 small edition | 20 Pieter Jelles Troelstra Leeuwarden Lonkt Nieuwestad 113, Leeuwarden Late summer 1890 Living room setting of lawyer / writer / politician Troelstra, together with his first wife Sjoukje Bokma de Boer (pseudonym writer Nienke van Hichtum). The marriage is not going well. There are […]
    Mata hari
    large edition | 05 special edition | 01 small edition | 20 Margaretha Geertruida Zelle Leeuwarden Lonkt Leeuwarden, salon IJ. van der Wielen Early 1890 Young Greetje Zelle during her ballet lesson with dance and music master H. De Jong. Greetje will later become known as Mata Hari. Later known as Mata Hari, the young […]
    J.J. Slauerhoff
    large edition | 05 special edition | 01 small edition | 20 Jan Jacob Slauerhoff Leeuwarden Lonkt Leeuwarden, Voorstreek 26, in front of the parental home Late summer 1919 Slau and Simon Vestdijk visit Leeuwarden. They knew each other laterally from the HBS and study medicine in Amsterdam, while the admiration for each other’s writing […]
    master fan alle ringen | lord of the rings
    large edition | 15small edition | 35 De twa tuorrenMaster fan alle ringen The two towersLord of the rings I have imagined the magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien, the endless grassy plains of Rohan to the Greidhoeke of Friesland. Art project “De Twa Tuorren” The most beautiful book in the most beautiful Frisian Liuwe Westra […]
    Erpel, 1885 Nuenen
    large edition | 09small edition | 20 Erpel, 1885 Nuenen ‘Gisteravond zag ik door het raam van een boerenwoning een gezin aan de aardappel en de schoonheid daarvan liet me niet meer los’. – ‘Last night I saw a family on the potato through the window of a farmhouse and the beauty of it didn’t […]
    large edition | 09small edition | 20 Ljochtstill Silence Still Stand still Attention Surroundings Look and see Enjoy From the water, on the water, into the water Sky Air Freedom Ljochtstill Earnewâld | Eernewoude Friesland, water country Art and culture project ‘Ljochtstill’ was allowed to use this photo of me as a promotional image. Ljochtstill […]
    large edition | 09small edition | 20 Rietsnijders Cane cutters Freedom. Natural beauty. Fantastic view. Invisible visible Winter. When the weather is dry, clouds of smoke rise from the reed areas everywhere. The bare-cut herds, the residual waste are burned to the ground, so that the fresh young cane can fully sprout. Tribute to the […]
    Yn it ljocht
    large edition | 09small edition | 20 Yn it ljocht Tribute to the skippers and ship builders of Friesland Water and water sports are very important to Friesland. Nowadays for recreation but in the past the Frisian lakes and waterways were the highways for this province. Almost all transport of goods and people took place […]