Reguliersdwarsstraat

Rainbow flags in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam, november 2019.

Reguliersdwarsstraat has a fascinating history as the street has been influenced by the wealth, as well as the poverty of surrounding neighbourhoods and has become a place for a wide variety of both gay and straight people.’ (Source: reguliers.net – history, november 2019)

Since 2016, the western part of the Reguliersdwarsstraat, between Koningsplein and Vijzelstraat, is promoted under the name Secret Village.

Amsterdam, Gustav Mahler Square, september 2016

photographers

In memory to my father from whom I learned so much.

Amsterdam Amstel Railway Station

Amsterdam Amstel Railway Station – March 2019

Picture taken at the rear side of the station. It seems to be always windy and cold at the station, inside and outside. The station opened in 1939.
The outside is worth a visit because of the apparently build buildings on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Some of them appear to be devoid of function and make curious to the background of decennia of economic history.
The inside is worth a visit to. The station hall has been decorated with several murals (1939) created by Dutch artist Peter Alma (1868-1969). The murals reflect the importance of technological advancement, in particular of the railroads.
Delay your train or metro trip or plan a special trip to the station and treat yourself to a hot chocolate, coffee or cold coca cola. It’s worth it. Even the windy conditions.

Amsterdam Amstel Railway Station, own picture from March 2015

‘de straat op’

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

More background:
– Stadsarchief Amsterdam – tentoonstellingen / presentaties – de straat op
Theo Niekus*
Reinier Gerritsen

updated 7 October 2019
*Theo Niekus passed away on 5 October 2019. Very sad news.

September 2014, together with participants and photographers (photo by Stadsarchief Amsterdam)

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Thanks!

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.

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 around, alone, Only after I had made the picture, I discovered the classic’ (modern?) camera around her neck. Maybe something I unconscious already had listed before. Hope she had a good journey.

dream

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

Street: on their way 2

Amsterdam, May 2015.
Corner Damrak and Prins Hendrikkade.