door Maaike Kappers
During lockdown, photographer Joram Blomkwist (41) sometimes felt like a dog that couldn’t be walked. “I’ve lived in Amsterdam for 23 years, and there have been times when nightlife was really important for me. And not just for me. Nightlife serves a major social function for many people in the city.” Blomkwist decided to search out these deserted clubs and capture them in photos. Over the course of three months he visited 19 clubs in Amsterdam with a cart full of photography equipment. He photographed every club from the same angle facing the empty stage, with lighting coming from underneath the camera. The result is a series of portraits showing arguably the most deserted locations of the past year.
‘BUITENVELDERT BLIJ, 1,5m DICHTBIJ’ (BUITENVELDERT HAPPY, AT 1.5M DISTANCE)