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Occasionally, a piece of history presents itself in front of your eyes without you even knowing it. This is what happened with a panorama created by Roelof de Vries and recently uploaded to 360Cities. The panorama shows the great Dutch writer Harry Mulisch in his office.



Harry Mulisch was one of the “Great Three” writers of the Dutch postwar period. He was born in 1927 in the Netherlands. World War II featured prominently in his work. He and his Jewish mother were interned to a concentration camp during World War II but managed to escape thanks to his father’s help. When describing his World War II experiences, he used to say, “I don’t just remember it, I am World War II”.

He became an internationally well-known writer thanks to one of his books, “The Assault“(1982). This work tells the story of Anton, a teenager who lost his family and house during World War II. He tries to forget all the disasters of the war, but it is not easy. This novel has a film adaptation with the same name, produced and directed by Fons Rademakers. This film won the best foreign film and the Golden Globe and the Oscar awards in 1986.



This panorama was taken two years before the death of the author in 2010, at Harry Mulisch’s office. It’s really interesting to investigate the space, all his books and all the decorative objects, also a picture of Albert Einstein. Can you find it?

Roelof de Vries, the author of this panorama, says about this experience:

“For me this was a really special project. I had my company Little Planet for just one year and this was the first big assignment and for one of the biggest Dutch newspapers. Also the whole concept was quite innovative at that time. Meeting Harry Mulisch was amazing.”

The photograph belongs to a series of panoramas called “Writers at Work”, the photographer created this series in collaboration with NRC Handelsblad newspaper and over a year he made a series of panoramas about the greatest Dutch writers. “With a total of 20 panoramas this series tells the story about the writer and his office and the importance of the office for the work he/she creates. So, every two weeks, a journalist and I visited a new writer. The journalist held an interview with the writer about his office and I made the panorama”, says Roelof, from Little Planet.

We are looking forward to see more panoramas from this series, really interesting work. Also, we would like to thank, Roelof de Vries, for his cooperation in writing this post.

The 360Cities Team

Richard Chesher joined in 2007 and has posted 288 images of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Australia. He is an Expert Pro and his images have had over 1.5 million views. He has contributed to the blog before on how to take Underwater 360 Panoramas: This blog is about how to expand the impact of your panoramas with themes and descriptions.

By Richard Chesher, Ph.D.


 Trekking New Caledonia Dumbea River Pool


I love sphere images. For me, a sphere image is a memory bubble; a perceptive memory of a focal point that can be shared with thousands of people all over the world – thanks to and Google Earth. Using the metaphor of a memory bubble has some real advantages (to me) when I am planning an image, or looking for the perfect place to set up my camera.

Think of it like this: Memory bubbles allow viewers to extend their perception through time and space and, from that vantage place, look out and turn their own perception in any direction they wish. So when you create a memory, it will be more effective, more interesting, if the viewer knows more about what they are looking at – so they can share the memory.

I Was Here Style Memory Bubbles

The vast majority of images on are “I was here” images – landscapes, seascapes, aerial images, monuments – documenting that location. It’s what Google Earth likes and what Street-View has made into a viewable interactive model of many cities in the world.

These memory bubbles allow people to locate places they want to visit and, if the images are taken with care, reveal our planet’s beautiful, special, unique places, creatures and events as clear, sharp, delightful memory bubbles; captured from just the right angle, just the right light, when they are looking their finest.


 Ouvea Paradis Beach Footprints


The above memory bubble from Ouvea shows a pair of lover’s footprints along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – the footprints vanished with the next tide but they remain in the matrix, available for anyone to experience.

By providing the viewer with a written description of what the image means to you, the creator of the memory, you help shape the viewer’s enjoyment of the moment. Locations and moments like this are very few and far between, and precious to record. My wife and I waited two weeks to get the light, beach, water, and sky just right to make this memory bubble reveal the beach looking just right.

Themed Memory Bubbles

Memory bubbles become more interesting if they reveal a story, and not just a place or a thing. This is important because it gives the memory bubble an added depth of meaning. One of my favorite themes for memory bubble stories is life in the tropical Lagoon. I make memory bubbles showing behavior of sea creatures; not a photo of a reef or a fish or a shark, but the interacting behavior one senses when actually percieving the moment.


Coral Reef Fish New Caledonia


These brilliant yellow fish form dense schools over the coral reefs during the day – but they move away if a diver approaches to photograph them. To tell the story of these snoozing fish I had to think of a way of moving the focal point of my memory bubble right into their midst – a place they would not let me actually go.

So I anchored the underwater camera in the center of their usual schooling area with a little motor to turn it around. After I swam away and got back in my dinghy the fish resumed to their normal behaviour and the robot camera captured them undisturbed. Getting the image took 6 months of tinkering from the time I first decided I wanted to take it.


Water Sports Noumea New Caledonia


Sometimes a story happens by surprise – like when a sea turtle appeared while I was taking photographs of starfish gathering to spawn in a marine reserve. Surprise opportunities mean you have to be quick to get the shot. Again a description of the surprise adds an important element to the memory bubble – revealing why the girl in the image (my wife) is laughing.


 Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia


The ideal memory bubble image would tell the story without any written comment at all. Like this image recording a mad feeding frenzy of sea birds and fish. – every fisherman will know right away what’s going on here. But not everyone is a fisherman and a description can make all the difference in the world to the viewer’s ability to share the memory.


 Triton Attacks Crown Of Thorns Starfish


Very few people in the world would know what this memory bubble is about – or why it is an important story about the survival of coral reefs in many parts of our world. I wrote a really long description of that memory because it was, for me, quite a stellar day in my life. As with all of my descriptions I write in the first person – this is happening to me – to help re-create the memory bubble in the mind of those who will, in the future, revisit this moment in time.

If you take the time to do the image correctly it obviously means more to you than just the scene. So share the story, too.