Van der Meer is a photographer who a couple of years ago made a brilliant book about football fields. Somehow he managed to take a picture of an ordinary pitch, anywhere in the country and turn it into a landscape of mythical proportions. I was well impressed. Similar to that book he then continued taking pictures of goalies everywhere. And again they do not fail to impress me. A goal keeper is a loner in a team. Germans have a nice word for it: “ Einzelgaenger” So every picture depicts a lonesome hero, somewhere on a field in the Netherlands or Belgium.
In between those pictures there is a letter exchange between Jan Mulder, columnist, tv-personality, ex-professional football player and Jan Plekker, a goalkeeper himself. Also nice to read, though they do not have anything to do with the pictures. I think it is one of the most expensive books I ever bought, nearly a euro for every picture in the book. Yet it is all worth it.