“The searchers all knew how to decipher winter signs – how, as Russian hunters say, to read the white book. The frozen river was a wind-stripped tabula rasa bearing just enough snow to record a track. But the snow missed nothing: a meticulous record keeper, it captured the story and held it fast. The missing man was a meandering narrative of one line only: a single set of boot tracks leading away and never coming back.” – Journal entry from a quote in The Tiger by John Vaillant.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I started collecting the used coffee filters of our ten o’clock koffie uurtje (coffee hour). This typical Dutch habit became even more a necessity to bring somewhat normality in our lives. Originally known for its gossiping quality, during our koffie uurtje we talk about our feelings, worries, confusion, fears and hopes as a reaction to the everyday Covid-19 news. This Coffee Filter Book has now 322 coffee filters, each filter equaling a day during the pandemic, and are filled with my day-to-day impressions.