Monthly Archives: November 2010

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Together with Bram Platel I visited the harbors of Amsterdam searching for a few photo opportunities, since we could not enter Sugar City (see previous post). Driving around the area, we found quite a nice set of huge cranes in the Afrikahaven. These happened to be the Condor and the Zeearend (each about 36 tons capacity) of the Rietlanden Terminals BV stevedores. We also found a kind of chemical facility which we shot, and in the end of the afternoon, right before returning to home, we went to the North Sea Canal and shot a cargo liner that happened to pass by.

sugar city

Together with Bram Platel I visited Sugar City, an old sugar factory, in the weekend. I heard about it on the news. In Halfweg is this old sugar factory that they are transforming. Since we went there on a Saturday, the janitor was not present, and we had not expected to find a big fence around the old factory. So, all we could do is drive to the other side of the factory premises and take some pictures from there. Below the results.

even more beijing

Some more mixed Beijing pictures. The first six were taken around a big shopping street – called Wang Fujing – with all the shops with big names in the world. The pictures themselves were not taken at the Wang Fujing, however, but in smaller streets around it. These pictures show like everyday life (or every evening life) with little shops selling mostly food at their window.

The seventh one is my favourite of all my Beijing pictures. We were having dinner in this restaurant when I saw these four cooks sitting in a room in front of the kitchen. I took my camera and approached them, and with some mime – I don’t speak Chinese, and they didn’t speak English – they agreed to me taking this picture. Unfortunately, lighting conditions were not so good, but I like the picture very much anyhow. The next two pictures I took while walking the streets. The Mahjonghh players I saw through an open window, and I immediately pointed my camera at them. They never even noticed someone taking a picture. Also on the streets we found a couple of chess players, not too far from the Temple of Heaven.


Here are some photos from Beijing with a mixed character. Obviously, the first four are taken at the Tian’anmen square (Square of Heavenly Peace). The next five are taken close to the famous olympic stadium, a.k.a. the bird’s nest, from the olympic games in 2008. The next pictures shows the Temple of Heaven. The last five pictures are obviously taken on the great Chinese wall. We went to the great wall at Mutianyu.

beijing – hutongs

Beijing has a number of old neighbourhoods that have survived the big demolishing powers. We walked through the hutongs for a loooong time. Here are some of the pictures that resulted from this visit.