Cas di Cultura is hosting an expo of 50 b/w portraits of loving people, carefully styled by Dutch photographer-to-the-stars Kees Tabak, a man who had made a career out of making talented, driven, beautiful people look even better in print.
The expo Love Multiculture Aruba 2020 documents people Tabak met on the island over the last two years. My house doctor. My favorite parliamentarian. An art curator. One of the women I exercise with. They are all pictured with the partners. A young woman and her lovely baby. Just one baby. A few besties in pairs. A threesome. Apparently Tabak has been living here quietly, but once a photographer, always a photographer.
He must be good.
The photographs reveal an amazing kaleidoscope of people all looking bravely into the camera lens, allowing Tabak to get into their soul and connect.
The results are rewarding for us the viewers.
Our ordinary people, look like rock-stars.
They are dramatically lit, but gently posed in perfect harmony, interlocked in FIFTY different, but genuine embraces.
I went to look at the expo and my faith in humanity was restored.
We are a beautiful species.
If we just take time out to connect, to feel the love, and the flow of humanity, we overcome all barriers, of race, religion, politics, differences melt away, just beauty remains.
Of course the perspective is important, the eye of the photographer, and his impeccable taste.
The expo is what Tabak sees. A little light manipulation, and tada, perfection.
I am taking a page out of his book: Look at the world with more loving eyes. I will get to see more-beautiful things.