Shooter (in Breda)

Apparently, Dutch shooting galleries offer a unique challenge: If you manage to hit the target, it triggers a camera shutter, and your prize is a photo of yourself eye-a-squint and gun-a-shoulder.

Ria van Dijk, now 88, started visiting these shooting galleries in 1936 and has amassed a lifetime’s collection of photos that beautifully chronicle the passage of time.

The Amsterdam publisher KesselsKramer has put out a book of these shooting shots as part of their ‘In Almost Every Picture’ collection.

Breda, July 1953

More pictures here, courtesy of Lens Culture.

(Also file under ‘A Love Note to Quinn’)

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Jeremy Mercer is an author and translator who lives in in the Luberon with his fiancée, two children, five cats, two chickens, ten fish, and one pregnant dog. He is currently on the market for a cheap horse. More at
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