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Dop & Roos

By MartinVanners  
My 5 year old son Dop had been best friends with Roos, a four-year-old girl, for most of his life. Growing up together living just a block apart, they were practically inseparable. When I was told that Roos would be moving to another village at the end of summer 2014, I decided to spend the time the children had left together photographing what I feel was an Ă‚‘uncomplicated, unconditional friendshipĂ‚’.

I continued to add to the photo series until the day Roos left, both to record the wonderful memories of their friendship, and also as a way for me to re-experience the joys of being young. Last year, the series has gone sort of viral, being published on several big websites across the globe. It even became frontpage news in a local newspaper in The Netherlands (the country where I live).

The image showing here was the first photo I took, which made me decide to start doing the series. It ended up being the final image of the series, since the symbolism of "Dop has to let go of his best friend" was really clear in this one.

Interested in seeing the complete series about "the last summer with a first love"? Here's where you can find it.

Tags: Photo journalism Love Friendship Childhood Childhood memories unconditional love

Voters: Drummerdelight, jasonrwl, DeSilver and 20 more

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jasonrwl Plus
10 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 7:15AM
a wonderful, thoughtful but so simple image that coveys all you describe with pure skill. A joy to see.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 8:01AM
This is a beautifully done mono!
Good work...
Isabel GrinGrin
pablophotographer 8 1.5k 368
2 Sep 2016 8:10AM
Martin I think I shall congratulate your parenthood skills first, devoting attention and time to your child and his friends. Photographically as a moment it is shot at the right time and it is executed correctly.
Very touching image, will check the series for sure!
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 8:31AM
mex 12 27 3 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 9:24AM
For me this shows the power of photography, the set is excellent as a docu, well done Martin.
cheers Phil
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 9:35AM
As an image, without the explanatory write up above, it stands solidly on its own two feet. The quality of the photography, the mono conversion, the subjects and the composition.

However, with the write up it's elevated upwards by more notches than I care to think about! It's one of the most poignant, beautiful and visually stunning images of childhood I think I've seen in a long while.

If I wore one, I'd take my hat off to you ... but as I don't wear one, have an award instead Grin

Simply stunning, for all the right reasons.


MalcolmM Plus
14 1.4k 5 Scotland
2 Sep 2016 9:38AM
As Tanya said....
Thanks for all your lovely comments!
RobboB Plus
13 133 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2016 7:53AM
It's true! A picture does say a 1000 words. But your added description multiplies the meaning even more. Wonderful
Thanks RobboB!
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
2 Oct 2016 5:36PM

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