#032 - Collin van der Sluijs
Edition of 50 prints
“This time around, I did not know the destination of my trip. When I boarded my ight to Croatia I nally had some time to let it sink in, but still I had no clue what was awaiting me. After arriving in Split I went straight to the harbour to catch a catamaran which took me on a ve hour trip to Lastovo island. From the start the nature and the serene quality of the island made the most impression on me, aside from the brightly lit sky at night. There is something to the simple life, where people don’t worry about stuff too much and don’t get involved in each others business. Visiting Lastovo felt like a small escape from reality.
Even though the people on the island live relatively secluded, they proved to be very hospitable. In their broken English, they asked me questions about what I was doing on the island, and they showed a lot of interest in my stories. With one local family I traded a drawing for a dinner, while the family told me everything about their family and the island’s history. It was a blessing to have the island almost completely to myself and sit on the mountain tops with some lunch and a sketchbook.
Every morning I would get up around six in the morning to start drawing along with the sunrise and the fishermen throwing out their nets in the sea. All of my experiences and all of the things I encountered are incorporated into one portrait. The colours are based on this faded mint green that I saw on many of the windows and the old red concrete bricks of which the houses were made.”