Woudagemaal

Movement of flywheel in the largest steam-driven pumping station in the world: the Woudagemaal in Lemmer, the Netherlands, on the 1st of February 2013. It is impressive to see it in use. It is also impressive that this pumping station is still part of the water management system in the province Friesland and needs to be activated 10-15 times a year to keep the groundwater level at a good level (not too high, to ‘keep dry feet’). When in use, the steam-driven pumping station pumps over four million litres of water per minute from the Frisian ‘boezem’ (drainage pool) into the IJsselmeer. The Woudagemaal is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Original post: 2 february 2013. Update with picture I made in the visitors centre that day: June 2015.

memories

In the soccer season of 1997 – 1998 I visited a couple of time the trainings sessions of the first team of Feyenoord 1 in Rotterdam, one of the major soccer clubs in the Netherlands.
Main goal of my photo project was to follow these supporters, who came day in day out to the trainings field, at that time located near the ‘Kuip’, the impressive stadium from 1937 of Feyenoord. A historic place in many ways.
At those days plans were already there for movement of the trainings location of the first team to Varkenoord and a rebuild of the stadium.
Supporters of all ages there were, and support I got from them. Unfortunately I had to stop because of health hig ups and my movement to the northern part of the Netherlands. The few film rolls I shot until then were not all developed well enough. Not a good start… But and however unfinished, it delivered me good memories, nice contacts, and some small photo memories to me and them to a small piece of time in the great history of Feyenoord.

From 2009 the first team indeed moved for their trainings sessions to the sport complex Varkenoord near the Kuip. The discussion for a rebuild of the stadium or further refurbishment is hot at the moment.

In special and grateful remembrance of Rinus Rotgers, who I met a several times at that time. We wrote already for a short time at that time and round my movement to Friesland.
It means a lot to me that I discovered only now (29 August 2014) now this broadcast of Dutch ‘Man Bijt Hond’ from 2008 about this at that time 96 years old Feyenoord supporter. I saw this picture I made of him in the background of his home.  At time of the broadcast, Rinus Rotgers was 96 of age. I saw he passed away at the day of his 99th anniversary in 2010.

 

‘Oer-supporter Rinus Rotgers overleden’ : link to the Feyenoord website with a link to the broadcast.

 

 

Polare_Scheltema

Photo taken in Amsterdam, february 2014, Koningsplein. Bookstore ‘Polare Amsterdam former ‘Scheltema’. And before that ‘selexyz scheltema’ and Scheltema De Slegte.

From18 March 2014 onwards Scheltema again.

highway drive

 

 

Maastricht, August 2016

Almost nothing can beat taking pictures with my iPhone 4s  & Instant11o app from a car window on a highway. Or from a train window of course.

train window

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June

June 2016

Shooting from out of a train window  with the app Instant110 &  my iPhone4s remains one of the best things out there. The app is not available for sale in the App Store anymore, but I still cherish it. I always use this app with the same black and white preferences. With these preferences ‘I have to dot it’. When the outcome is not ok, the outcome is not ok. No update afterwards.

 

 

it is not a sunny world

Original post: March 2013

The small village Doel (700 years old) in Belgium is threatened with complete demolition due to the future enlargement of the harbour of Antwerp.
The history of demolition goes back to the early sixties, when the first plans for enlargement were developed.
At the moment there are still 26 inhabitants (original inhabitants and renters) in the village who resist the demolition of their homes.
The situation has reached an impasse at the moment.

Walking through the village gives a sad feeling. To me it felt like a mixture of incomprehension, anger, sadness, melancholy, perseverance, history, memories, resistance, attempts at new life, anarchism, creativity, resignation, vandalism and glimpses of invisible inhabitants.
The sun is shining in the same in the streets as the sun shone for the sixties, extensions of the port of Antwerp were not in discussion and inhabitants lived together as in many other villages.
For their living inhabitants were possibly active at the port of Antwerp, the same port an ultimately headed monster turned out to be.

The typical checkerboard pattern of the village dates from the beginning of 16oo, when geometric farmlands for the first time were mapped. The pattern has not changed very much over the years. This fact makes (made) the village a rare example of regional urbanization and nowadays an extra unreal sight.

The strange feeling of walking through the village is further strengthened by the presence of the nuclear plant of Doel near the village.

 

ready for takeoff

Ready before World Championships Soccer, Groningen, June 2014.

on her way

February 2014, Amsterdam, Leidseplein (Stadsschouwburg).

The moment I took this picture, I was trying out my iPhone settings with my Instant 110 app. Suddenly this girl appeared. I think I was hit by her mood and the fact she was walking arond, alone, Only after I had made the picture, I discovered the çlassic’ (modern?) camera around her neck. Maybe something I unconscious already had listed before. Hopes she had a good journey.

Street: after the show

April 2014.

I met this guy and his rockband in the intercity between Amsterdam and Utrecht. I was impressed by the way the band took all there instruments and stuff by train: they were lugging themselves many large black boxes. The band – I don’t know the name – was on European tour.

The traces of an intensive existence were palpable and smelly in the coupé that was almost entirely filled with the band. At half past five in the afternoon, I suddenly was no more than a spectator in a-apart from the roady-riven in deep sleep, almost all of them black-clad rockers. A woman and four men.

I could not resist to take a picture with my iPhone and my favourite Instant 110 app and try to express a small bit of this all.

Street: dream

Amsterdam, Vijzelstraat. View from entrance from the Stadsarchief Amsterdam.