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The ancient Greeks had two words for time: xρόνος (chronos) referred to the constantly ongoing, chronological time and καιρός (kairos) to a time in between, a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens. So when we qualify a certain moment as the right moment, or the supreme moment, or even the moment that time seemed to stand still, we talk about kairos.

Somehow I feel these two words and their respective meanings are particularly relevant in the process of film-making and photography. When making films – and I am basically a filmmaker – we are constantly aware of the importance of time. In deciding on the duration of shots, the duration of scenes, the duration of the film as a whole, we work – and often play – with chronos. And for each shot, especially in documentary film, as with each photo in photography, we have to look for, see and seize the right moment. We may not always succeed, but we are constantly alert and on the look out for kairos.

I have spent a good part of my life making films and have travelled to different corners of the world. Photography has been or become, over the years, a cherished side-activity. In this blog I would like to share my photos, those that I like best, with you. Once a week I will put up another image, a photo of the week, and reflect on it in writing. To me they may be “καιρός remembered”, to you, I hope, a welcome moment of pleasure and thought.

2 comments on “This blog”

  1. I am looking forward to looking at your pictures, largely because I am quite an ardent appreciator of kairos myself, even though I’ve only very recently learned about the Greek word.

  2. […] Photo: Steam clouds at a Power Plant in NZ, by  Louk Vreeswijk […]


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