‘Many friends are jealous of my freedom'

‘Many friends are jealous of my freedom’

Einar: “Actually, I’m a musician. I come from a musical family. I started taking guitar lessons when I was seven. Much later I went to the conservatory. I lasted there for two years. I just wanted to get into the light music.

“I became a songwriter. That was a phenomenon in the 1960s. You also had the protest song then. I made them, and I tried to write beautiful chansons. That worked sometimes. At a certain point I became a bit more commercial. I put together bands and we performed a lot, also on radio and TV.

Until 2010 I was very active. Then during a performance I noticed that I suddenly started doing wrong things with my left hand, which plays the key of the guitar. I thought: that must be because I played too much. During the day I was busy playing guitar and fitting lyrics. After consulting all kinds of care providers, I ended up with a hand surgeon.

“My hand stopped listening to my brain – focal dystonia. It didn’t hurt, I would have sought help much sooner. It is probably due to an excess of play and too little relaxation. I can attest to that. I don’t settle for anything easily, I just keep going. Sometimes it also drives me crazy.

“I had surgery on that hand, but I haven’t touched a guitar since. I had to rehabilitate for months and basically learn to play again. But I was too old for that. Then I should always have played at a second or third level and I can’t. I fell in a terrible hole. It was very sad.

“I spent a year and a half behind the proverbial geraniums. Finally I thought: I’ll go for a walk and take a camera with me. Then I came here in Kralingen on the Oude Dijk, a very beautiful old shopping street. It lay open: the tram rails twisted upwards, and there were masses of broken asphalt and stone. I went back to it every day for a year while the renovation lasted, and took pictures. That was my first exhibition. That’s how shooting started. And seven years ago I made the switch to conceptual photography.”

warm package

Einar: „Sanne, the cat, wakes me up in the morning. Then we will have breakfast together downstairs. I’m always up very early – around seven or seven o’clock. Sanne then wants to eat.”

“I always like that she can go up at night when she feels alone. Then I wake up and I feel such a warm package against me.

“Then we make breakfast, sit on the couch and watch the morning news. Or on Teletext. Then we want to see if we might be the only ones left in the world. Then I just get going on my computer. Then I edit photos. Or I go upstairs where there are two cameras, to photograph certain things. In between I do have telephone conversations, with friends or with galleries, to see when I can exhibit.

“I also go shopping or go for a run in between. Very occasionally I have a meeting with friends in the cafe. To have a drink and laugh. But about 80 percent of the week I’m just on my own – well, with Sanne then.

“Of course I eat whenever I want. Then I sit back at the computer and update things. Sometimes business stuff, sometimes photos. Around ten o’clock any better films come on the BBC. Or I watch a sports summary. Then I lie down on the couch, and the cat on top of me. Then we just have a good time.”

Everyday reality

Einar: „I do have a girlfriend, but I deliberately live alone. Many friends who have been living together or married for years are jealous of my freedom within the relationship. But it is not always pleasant. I live alone in the first place because I have no other choice. Everyday reality, the duties and demands of the environment, I don’t care much for that. If you want to make something that is really worthwhile, you have to be alone a lot.

“It used to be very bad for me. When your world tilts and you recover from it and look around you, you know a lot of things aren’t really that important. It is important that you stay upright. And that you try to have fantastic contact with some people who are worthy and to nurture that. I also have a daughter. She is very important to me, a lifeline. I don’t really know without her.

“For me, three things are number one. My daughter with her boyfriend and my grandson, my girlfriend and my photography. I see my daughter once every three or four weeks. We call each other a lot. I see my girlfriend once a week. And we do have telephone contact in between. My girlfriend travels a lot, which also gives me freedom.

“I just work on weekends. It is exactly the same as on weekdays. The cat is old, needs medication and needs to eat five times a day. I can’t leave that to anyone. Otherwise I would get on my bike to France at the weekend. My girlfriend and I have a house there. Unfortunately, the cat does not have eternal life, so that will come again.”

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