View from the train, november 2019.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.