In de verte… de hoogovens van Tata Steel foto genomen vanaf de pier, de ferry tussen New Castle op de voorgrond surfers die via het strand weer naar hun auto lopen en de vuurtoren op de pier in Wijk aan Zee Tijdens de lockdown zijn er niet veel plekken waar we heen kunnen gaan, af en toe gaan we naar zee of een bos. Aan de Noordzee is het altijd fijn om even uit te waaien en bij helder weer prachtig om te fotograferen.
Even uitwaaien aan het strand is nog een van de weinige uitstapjes die we kunnen doen tijdens de lockdown. Ook al is de horeca dicht, even de pier op en neer in IJmuiden of langs het strand lopen in Wijk aan Zee geeft toch even het gevoel er even uit te zijn.
De foto’s zijn op verschillende dagen gemaakt, een volleybal net dat wacht op spelers, de betonblokken met graffiti op pier met de vuurtoren aan het einde en twee surfers die net uit het water komen en hun surfboards boven hun hoofd dragen.
Bestel nu een unieke fotokalender Nederlandse Landschappen of Straatfoto’s. De foto’s zijn allemaal het afgelopen jaar gemaakt. Leuk als Sinterklaas of Kerstkado. De kalenders worden op verzoek gedrukt bij de HEMA op A3 formaat. Ik heb verschillende proefdrukken gedaan en ik vind deze erg mooi en betaalbaar. Daarnaast is er bij iedereen wel een HEMA in de buurt te vinden waar je het pakket af kan halen voor 21.50 per kalender. Je betaald dan puur de kosten voor het drukken. Ik hou er niets aan over, dat is niet erg. Het is erg leuk dat je de foto’s van mij het hele jaar aan je muur hebt hangen, een extra bijdrage geven mag altijd natuurlijk ;-). De kalender kan ook thuis bezorgd worden, je betaald dan 27.50
After seven months of not being able to meet due to Corona, my mother and my sister and our partners spend a few days together in this old house which is actually a castle. It was nice to spend time together after not being able to meet because we had to be extra careful because of our ongoing cancer treatments and my mothers age we are all at high risk. We could sit in the garden and drink tea and lassies, play a few VR games and share dinner together.
An artificial island, Marker Wadden, recently opened for public in a lake, Markermeer, where once was the Zuiderzee. The Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea in the 1930’s by the Afsluitdijk. The salt water disappeared and the lake Markermeer emerged, in 2016 the artificial island “Marker Wadden” was created using sediments from the Markermeer to construct spawning areas, islands and natural shores such as beaches and wetlands.
Last of the Friesland series. View from a dyke over a field with horses grazing, even further away in the distance is the sea and the Wadden Islands. Empty rows in a harvested field. A field with grain in the summer, a tree in the distance, rather reminds me of the vast emptiness in a country in Africa then in the Netherlands. A lone biker climbing up from behind a dyke, looking over his shoulder to see what is there.
Last day of summer makes you reflect on the past summer. Of course during Covid times it was harder to go out on the street, but there were a lot of enjoyable days walking the streets of Amsterdam and seeing people enjoy summer, a man eating an ice cream, a woman squinting her eyes while enjoying the rays of sun on her face, a couple having that much needed talk outside while staring over the water.
Last year just before my big operation I got married and we took a boat from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans with our family and friends. On our one year anniversary we revisited the place, just the two of us by car. Due to Covid-19 there were far less tourists this time at Zaanse Schans to enjoy the view and visit the windmills. We took a round trip on a boat every other spot was taped off, personnel working at Zaanse Schans are wearing masks to protect them selves and others from the Covid 19 virus.
Various portraits of people passing me by on the streets of Amsterdam. A young man staring into the distance at Nieuwmarkt, a man on a bicycle smiling at his friend near Bijlmer Arena, an elderly woman in the Jordaan crossing the street with her rollator and oxygen tank, two tourists leaving a coffeeshop at Nieuwmarkt.
Amsterdam CS during rush hour. Like in life, people pass you by, some faces pop out and some faces blur in the background. More so when you suddenly get life threatening Ill and you don’t know how long you have left. Some people surface and stand right beside you, help you pull trough and give light to your day. Some people fade and blur in the background.
Some people take a deep breath and decide to ignore you while you are standing a couple of feet away taking street photos. Never be that person.
This last week of October we had a few nice days. Before it seemed to rain all the time, but suddenly the sun came trough and we had three beautiful albeit cold days. On Tuesday Ineke whom I know since we were eight years old came all the way from Enkhuizen to pick me up in Amsterdam and together we drove to Velzen-Noord. There is a small beach and in the background you can see windmills and smoke from Tata Steels factory in Ijmuiden. We walked along the pier towards the lighthouse and back both taking pictures, afterwards we had lunch outside sitting in the sun.
Even de boel de boel laten
When we were 16 years old Ineke and I would sometimes go and drink beer after school and mumble “even de boel de boel laten” with each new glass of beer, which means something like sidestepping from your daily routine and let everything pass for a while. Of course at that age we still had little worries, but I remember those relaxing afternoons.
While we were having lunch after our walk that day in October it reminded me of that time. Sitting in the sun, relaxing and talking it all felt familiar and I felt at ease , it was a perfect day.
In my neighborhood is a shop where it says “Viswinkel” on the window. Meaning “Fish shop”. You can buy lighters, cutlery, bags, tajines everything you could think of but fish, it so seems, in this shop.
Most of the days the shop is closed but on some days when the sun is out the shopkeeper opens up the doors puts his goods outside on the sidewalk.
Then the shopkeeper puts out two chairs on the sidewalk and he sits with his wife outside in the sun drinking tea and doing crossword puzzles together. He is from Moroccan descent she is Dutch.
Today he is alone without his wife. Maybe he didn’t feel like putting out the chairs when she is not there, he is sitting on a street post catching the last rays of sunlight in the beginning of autumn.