zaterdag 22 november 2014

Christmas tree decoration?

A multiple purpose reflection. One for weekend reflections here.

vrijdag 21 november 2014

Invisible city furniture

Almost invisible do the fences on the bridges in Amsterdam their work year in and out. Every now and then a new coat of paint. That is all. (Incredible no bikes, thats the reason I shaw them).To see more fences go to good fences here.

donderdag 20 november 2014

Sinterklaas

Sinterklaas is since a week in the country again. This year he has a bodyguard because there is trouble over his assistants who are since it is celebrated moorish servants. Its not from this time any more to show slaves as assistants . In reality it weren't slaves at all but that doesn't matter. The point is made and this children's party is now corrupted by picket lines and interruptions. 
There are still a lot of children waiting for sinterklaas and his assistants.
And after he passed you still see the silent witnesses on the ground. One of the reasons the children likes him because his assistants throws the candy hands full in the public.

woensdag 19 november 2014

Dutch bike

This is a new VANMOOF bike. A dutch bike maker located in amsterdam. I am very pleased by the load platform in front made of bamboe.
The factory at the Maurits quay. It started in 2008 and sells now bikes all over the world. Their strong point is the city bike with minimal frills and a long lifetime. 

dinsdag 18 november 2014

Dutch architecture

If it isn't your hometown and you haven't seen it for a year of so its amazing how much new buildings have appeared in rotterdam. Here 75 apartments + 800 m² commercial space from Groosman partners on the Hilledijk called the Zuiderster.
The entrance of the new central station. The whole project is a combined design from Benthem - Crouwel architects, Meyer & v. Schooten and landscape designer West 8. Started in 2004 it is now near completion.
From behind the car window passing by. The Kuifje (Tin Tin) apartment building in New Crooswijk from NL Architects. Yes for modern architecture Rotterdam is the place to be.

maandag 17 november 2014

Frame

This mural from rotterdam artist Cor Kraat is located on the corner of the oostzeedijk and vlinderstraat in rotterdam. Its called "de Lijst" or the frame in dutch. One for monday murals here.

zondag 16 november 2014

Paint lab

A little pep talk during a visit at the color lab of the art academy in amsterdam.

zaterdag 15 november 2014

Vivian Maier

Now we have a very nice retrospective of Vivian Maier's photo's in our splendid Foam photo museum. She surely was a self portrait reflection champion.
Some of her self-portraits reflected in the museum. Her photo's are splendid captures and it is a pity that she didn't get the praise she deserved by life.
After seeing so much beautiful pictures you are of course inspired to try it yourself but I admit she did it better. What a great legacy she left behind and lucky for us it isn't disappeared thanks to John Maloof, the discoverer of her treasure. One for weekend reflections here.

vrijdag 14 november 2014

Nice weather for a walk.

Corner v. Woustraat / Vrijheidslaan Amsterdam. One for skywatch friday here.

donderdag 13 november 2014

Nostalgia

The lighter spot in the facade shows our former house in amsterdam. Living there with two little kids was busy indeed. In 1979 we found a more quiet place in almere.

woensdag 12 november 2014

Photographica fair (2)

One of the nicer things is the hassle over the price.
A friend of mine took 20 minutes to lower a price from €25 to 20 but both participants enjoyed it very much.
Then boosting about it.
and no they are not all men who know this trick.
In the end you are very tired, want to sit, but has something what you really like.
To inform you I got away with 2 photo books. One from Ed v.d. Elsken called Jong Nederland ( one of the more rare examples of his books) for €10,- and Bliss a collection from postcards collected by Martin Parr. No photo equipment this time because I really don't know what I can use anymore.
Sometimes I am tempted to buy an Hasselblad or something like that for a real absorbingly low price but I know already that I won't use it and it will only collect dust in a house that is already to filled with photo equipment.

dinsdag 11 november 2014

Photographica fair

Last Sunday was the semi-annual photografica fair in the Netherlands and if possible I go there for who knows what but always a pleasure to visit.
I am always wondering what people put in their bags. In this case I think this bag is also just bought . Very stylish.
You can never have to much bags so its also nice to look for that bag that you still miss.
( I admit I have now to many bags but cannot bring myself up to put some away)
Proud owner of a nikon d300s bought in a nikon d300 box.
Yes you cannot start early enough.
Tomorrow some more.



maandag 10 november 2014

Pretty place

In the garden of the new andaz hotel in amsterdam you find this mural called alice in amsterdam.
One for monday murals here.

zondag 9 november 2014

Delfts blue

On the Spiegelstraat corner Keizersgracht is now an antique shop specialized in dutch delfts blue. Looks like they have all the little houses that the KLM gave as present to all their first class passengers in the past. Don't know if they do it today anymore.

zaterdag 8 november 2014

The possibilities today.

Amsterdam Lekstraat 22.30 PM.
One for weekend reflections here.

vrijdag 7 november 2014

Looking up in the city center

Looking up at the new wind/rain screen in the almere city mall. There are a lot of great holes in it and its of course a small improved in comparing it to a real mall. But when the mall was designed a real one was to expensive in the eyes of the developers. I am sure they are sorrow now. One for friday skywatch here

donderdag 6 november 2014

Beginners mistake.

No schoolbus in amsterdam but parents on bike to pick up their kids. Shot without looking so I didn't saw the strap before the lens until it was to late but to get another shot like this is near impossible. 

woensdag 5 november 2014

Bubblegum traffic sign.

This is a real traffic sign from the netherlands meaning its forbidden to place bikes or mopeds here but glued like bubblegum on the pavement is a first for me. One for signs, signs here.

dinsdag 4 november 2014

At the fair

There are more ways then one to loose your teeth on a fair only one takes some more time. One for Ruby Tuesday Too here.

maandag 3 november 2014

Caral

More a caral then a mural found along one of amsterdam canals but who cares. One for monday murals here.