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Only time for work, study and sitting in the car

Important matters

Matthijs Rouw


Important matters

Only time for work, study and sitting in the car

Matthijs Rouw


After graduating, you start a promising future. When you loose your job because of the crisis, you’ll surely manage to recover and maybe things will even become better. Instead of waiting for a job close by you go for more security, since the mortgage has to be payed. Standing still equals moving backwards and the hunger for personal development is never fully fed, even if it were because you can study whenever you want. It all comes with the cost of some other matters, but you just can not have it all.


Monday 6:40 car 7:30 work 17:00 car 18:00 class 21:30 car 22:20 home


“When you were born, they reinstituted daylight saving time. As a child you never came home on time, as a teenager you never went to bed on time. When I call you and get your voicemail, I say I thought I’d call you, because you don’t call me.”


“I used to put you in my doll carriage .”


Dad has ‘green fingers’ and because of him I also like plants. When something seems to be wrong with a plant, I call him to ask if he has a solution. Once a year we repot all of my plants.


©2010 Matthijs Rouw, Haarlem, the Netherlands www.fotomatthijs.nl This book is part of the triptych Important matters, which consists of a large giclée print, this book and a video clip. It was made for the 3rd year project Work, in times of crisis during the photography course at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands. The tryptich was presented from january 7th - 14th 2010 in HOOP - creatief warenhuis, the Hague. Thanks to: the portrayed Sabine Dobber, Ingrid Dobber and Jaap Rouw, tutors Guus Rijven, Anja de Jong and Ton van Kints, classmates Iztok Klancar, Eva Boeter, Barend Fieret, Esther ‘t Hart, Piet Janssens, Mara Jong, Tatja Noordam and Meire Vieira.


Important matters  

The project Important matters is a biographic work. It concerns the issue of the Western hunt for carreer building, personal development an...

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