Path between Beetsterzwaag / Olterterp and Hemrik in the province of Friesland (Netherlands). The landscape is characterized by an alternation of fields, meadows, peat landscape, swamps, heaths and forests.
For the third time in row I visited the Noorderlicht Photofestival. The link between the past and now, between poor and rich and between home and abroad was very much felt in the this year’s theme and location (the old Sugar factory in the city of Groningen). It was very worthwhile to visit as well as the exhibition as the (area of) the old sugar factory. As it was also last year the case, the this year’s theme and chosen location felt as very complementary. Picture above: View from inside the old sugar factory to the outside, towards the direction of the centre of the city of Groningen. Picture below: Exposition of Ilvy Njiokiktjien (b. 1984). Njiokiktjien is working on a project about birthdays in the Netherlands. For a year Njiokiktjien will act as the ambassador representing Dutch photography.
August 2019. Cows in floodplain (Dutch: uiterwaard) of the river Maas (English: ‘Meuse’) near Gewande / Blauwe Sluis.
In 2016 shallow channel was dug in the floodplain along the Maas near Gewande / Blauwe Sluis. This was a joint project of Rijkswaterstaat, Waterschap Aa en Maas, provincie en gemeente Den Bosch, Natuurmonumenten en Werkplaats de Gruyter.
It has a dual function: – The channel is a natural solution to be able process water from the river Maas to the lowlands when the river reaches a high water level. This is more expected for the future because of climate change. There already were secondary channels in the Maas before its canalization. They arose spontaneously in the wet floodplains if the river was flooded. – The channel and natural river banks from the 2016 flood plain project ensure that plants, fish and other aquatic animals the naturally belong in the area can flourish again.
A 25 kilometers long dike to former island Urk In august 2016 I cycled from Joure to Urk. This route passes a 25 kilometers long dike between Lemmer and the former Zuiderzee island Urk. It is a unique dike because of its history, length and 25 kilometers uninterrupted long view from the dike to the IJsselmeer. No motorcyclist are allowed on the dike. The dike was constructed in 1939 from the mainland Lemmer to the island Urk, just as the Afsluitdijk project was changing the salt water Zuiderzee surrounding Urk to the less saline IJsselmeer. A couple of years later, in 1942, the seabed areas surrounding Urk were reclaimed from the sea and became the Noordoostpolder. The view from the dike is towards the IJsselmeer. But there are some ‘fly-overs’ in the dike, of which one can see the wideness of the Noordoostpolder.
History was felt It was my first time passing this dike and I was impressed by its length, the views from the dike to the IJsselmeer, the rest, the rows of windmills in land and see, the many sheep and birds and the views over the reclaimed land on the backside of the dike. I felt history also.
History was even more felt, when came across a stone setting worker on my way up to Urk. He took my attention because of his ongoing and calm hand work in combination with these large basalt stones. It made me think of the construction of the Afsluitdijk in the thirties of the last century. I told him so.
One of 27 stone setting workers in the Netherlands left During our combined lunch the nice man told me the construction and maintenance dike work nowadays is indeed the same as the work in those days. ‘I am one of them left of the 27 stone setting workers left in the Netherlands. I am glad too. It is work which cannot be done with machine work. We do get assistance from dike workers, but the real stone setting work has to be done by hand. People has tried with machines, but it did not work out. To be honest, I am glad with this, it means work to me, work I like. The work can be hard, but most important is gaining skills on it. The man explained also he and his colleague work from Monday till Tuesday on this project. On Friday, they travel home to their families in the province Zeeland. On Monday they return to their host families in Lemmer.
Thanks to Harry Neels, Yrseke, also for sending me a couple of days later a copy of his course book from 1992 for education to stone setting worker. The front of the book shows the picture of the sculpture called ‘steenzetter’ (stone setting worker), made by artist Ineke van Dijk for the Afsluitdijk and unveiled in 1982 by former queen Beatrix. Nowadays, people can still be trained to become a stone setting worker.
American wind engine with eighteen blades, located on the northeast side of the village of Goingarijp (Friesland). It is the only remaining wind engine in the Netherlands that was manufactured by the firm Slager in Wolvega. The original location of the mill was the Rottige Meente nature reserve.
In 2007, residents of Goingrarijp ensured that the mill could be preserved and brought the mill to their village for that purpose.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the type of mill was often used in the Netherlands for pumping smaller polders, particularly in North Holland and Friesland.
Sometimes you sell one of your favorite cameras because you think there will be a new favorite or you simple have to choose between options because you cannot have 10 cameras in your house for all your photo circumstances. So, at one day, I sold my Nikon 995. A few months later of course, I regretted it. But I had chosen, so I couldn’t blame anyone. Only this year, I bought it back. Well, another Nikon 995, but in very good shape and it feels like my first one. I am still impressed how good the macro-option of the 3,34 mp camera from 2001 camera is. I still like the swivel body very much and also all the setting options. A classic one, this 995 and not to be sold anymore!
Picture by Nikon 995 and slightly edited with DxO software
Scherper kijken betekent voor mij als fotograaf ook ‘durven dolen’: zwerven rond een onderwerp, voelen wat er gaande is en dan pas stil blijven staan en vastleggen. Tijdens Glow 2011 gaf United Visual Artist met het project ‘Volume’ hier voor mij een perfect voorbeeld van. Met dank aan Bijl PR voor de uitnodiging!
Picture taken in June 2018 in the home of my parents in weeks in that were intense and moving for us all.
There were many flowers in the house, just like today.
I did not put these flowers down like this. This was how it was.
I placed the dining room chair in such a way that the light fell through the flowers but at the same time the black background was retained.
The flowers meant a lot to me, as if they where my mom and dad, supporting each other.
Picture taken with iPhone 4s and app Cameramatic by Mudaimemo, the same developer of the app Instant110.
Unfortunately both apps are not available anymore in the iTunes store and weren’t upgraded from iPhone 5. You are lucky if you picked up it at the time.
Glenfinnan lies about halfway between Fort William and Mallaig on the picturesque West Highland Railway. Along with a regular rail service by Abellio ScotRail, the line is used by the Jacobite steam train (more: Wikipedia).
The Jacobite steam train is famous because of it’s part in the Harry Potter movies (more: Wikipedia) We heard about it when we stayed in a bed and breakfast nearby Fort William. It was not the main reason to visit the valley and road to Mallaig, but it with this information in our head, it gave the cold and rainy trip on our motor bike to Mallaig an extra. It was special to see people in the same weather waiting on the green hills in this beautiful valley for the Jacobite steam train passing by, spotting the same locations as in the Harry Potter movies.
When we approached Mallaig, we saw the steam of the train heading Mallaig and in Mallaig we arrived – we did not planned – almost equal as the Jacobite train, which also was a special experience.
I do not know it taking pictures of people in great valleys of Scotland belongs to ‘street photography’, especially when pictures are taken on the back seat of a motor bike 😉 But it felt like street photography very much!
In September 2014, I took part in the Masterclass Street Photography of the Amsterdam City Archives, which I was very excited with.
The masterclass was part of the exhibition ‘de straat op’ (best translated to ‘taking to the streets’?) of the Amsterdam City Archives and linked to phtographer Ed van der Elsken (1947-1970) and three current photographers from the Netherlands: Hans Eijkelboom, Theo Niekus and Reinier Gerritsen.
We were led by in the centre of Amsterdam in two groups and accompanied by photographers Theo Niekus en Reinier Gerritsen. My group was commissioned to create a series of five photographs in which the relationship between traffic users should be visible. For this assignment we got 1 1/2 hour shooting time and 1/2 hour for the selection of our pictures. No Photoshop, cropping, or whatever. As shot, with only slight adjustments with our camera settings.
It wasn’t easy, but a funny and very informative experience, especially by the help of the photo professionals, the other photographers and employees of the Amsterdam City Archives.
Our selected photos, were shown the week afterwards outside the City Archives on a big screen
The Afsluitdijk. A 32km long dike connecting North-Holland and Friesland. Built in 1930 to close what is now the IJsselmeer from being flooded by the North Sea. The dike was built as part of a plan to reclaim land in the IJsselmeer; this land became the province of Flevoland.
The past ten years I travelled several times between Den Helder (North Holland) and my home town (in Friesland) and passed with my car the Afsluitdijk.
But I think paused on it only a few times in all those years.
So, my new Ricoh GR iii occasion camera was a good reason to do that at the end of June 2013. I decided to capture my impressions on all the motorway stops on it with the setting ‘cross processing’ on my Ricoh. Normally I do not like preset settings on cameras that much. But I think the presets – adjustments can be made manually – on this Ricoh are different. It was fun to work with it.
In the gallery it is. Passing the Afsluitdijk during my ride from West to East, from North Holland to Friesland. It was nice to find myself unexpectedly (at least earlier that morning) between a mix of travellers from the Netherlands and abroad, motorist, cyclist and even walkers at the stops nearby the motorway. Unexpectedly maybe more was my visit at camping club ‘Het Wad’ at the former work island Breezanddijk. The campsite, not open for regular travellers, is situated right nearby the motorway, a car stop, a work area and the side branch of the IJssel Lake. Surprised by the location of the campsite and the state of their homes, I got in touch with some occupants of the homes who told me about the camping club. Thanks for that. Depending on the weather people live there in the weekends and throughout the week from April until October. As one of the occupants told me: ‘we need less’.
I have decided not to edit the pictures in the gallery. It is as it was.
Thanks to my Ricoh, the Afsluitdijk, the water, and the occupants of camping club ‘Het Wad’.