Monday, September 22, 2014


Most of my photos that I took while away definitely were blog post based. I was asked what I would do with all these pictures by one of my travelling companions (who happens to be a professional photographer) and I tried explaining about my blog and the stories I could tell, but it didn't seem to be something he was very interested in. I, on the other hand, love the idea of sharing my interests through photographs, even if they aren't particularly magazine worthy.
One of my interests, you may have guessed, is architecture. There is a meme called Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors which I hoped was still active so I could share the many doorways and windows I found in Amsterdam. 
The infill buildings were fascinating to me. The precision required to build something new that fitted exactly into the space between the two neighbouring buildings would have been challenging, indeed!
These houses were found in the centre of Amsterdam near the train station and where there is massive construction ongoing for the new metro. I've had to look at this scene for a long time to decide if I like the newest addition. The mixture of styles is a bit jarring. Okay, quite jarring. And yet, in some way I don't mind it. I would have preferred clear glass, but it is better than building something new to imitate the old. There are enough authentically old buildings that any replication might look more of a mockery. And besides, each building (especially the canal houses) has its own style that is distinct from its neighbour.

This infill building seems to tower over its neighbours.

and the flat rooflines of these buildings below make them seem more chunky than if they had some kind of peak.


  1. Oh, I'm so happy that you thought to hook up with WWDD! I am, indeed, still active - slow and steady :)
    These buildings are absolutely fantastic - I *love* the top shot! What a brave individual who built that one in the middle, it's really over the top. Jarring, as you say, but quite charming :)
    Have a great week!

  2. Great captures. Like the reflection in the first photo. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my, I would take a photo of these houses too.

  4. Great architecture!
    And great photos. I prefer photos connected with story rather than professional ones. Because they are more personal, more authentic and often more by heart. It is wonderful, to see what inspires others and how they see the world.

  5. Beautiful photos! Somehow I think houses with vibrant colors are just amazing!


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