Distant Dutch Dreams

20 October 2017

Photographer Renee De Groot
Models Willem Het Hart at Max Models
Ilja van Vuuren
at KNOWN Model Management
Tristan Wagemakers at Brooks Modelling Agency
Words Maria Memet

Summer light encircles the empty room where golden sounds and harmonic loyalty have been left. Distant smells of damp pinewood, tranquil forests and familiar tastes of untouched water are already becoming distant memories. Amorously strolling with absolute Dutch charm, clutching their bicycles, the boys demonstrate the real Holland formula. Earth dipped interiors and rich-wooden laden walls, feelings of nostalgia, memories of home start to seep through. An abundance of syrupy grapes, wild blackberries and fresh red tomato’s grow in back gardens. Willem Het Hart at Max Models, Ilja van Vuuren at KNOWN Model Management and Tristan Wagemakers at Brooks Modelling Agency - all Dutch boys - are curiously followed in their own environments during the summer holidays for this tender documentary series by Renee De Groot.

Unravel each model's pensive tales in the story below - drifting in delft blue porcelain-like, summer solace. Willem sitting in a dusty attic surrounded by rhythmic adore. The throb of the drums and poetic sounds of the piano echo through the hollow walls, as he produces the sounds. Ilja, roaming idyllically in the tepid water air by the water just outside Amsterdam, quietly breathing at a steady paste. Tristan's watchful gaze, as his eyes cross the grapes, blackberrys and tomatoes in the back garden. Sitting unwearyingly among the smudges of sunlight around his dwelling.

Blissful summer days make for sentimental moments to store for darker days. Spiralling into yearning of the past, once vanished into the cold. Memories of floating in the crystal warm waters. BBQ smells filling the sticky, lazy skies. Home comforts surrounded by the serenity of their parents home. What are their plans for next year? Maybe they'll see where the breezy air takes them, maybe they have it all figured out or maybe they will create new distant dutch dreams.
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