At this photography portfolio you will find a selection of Amsterdam Cityscape [like in Landscape] shots I have made during the years; although the works here are quite recent and emphasize modern city developments, most of them close to or at the IJ area.
The Amsterdam IJ is the name for the natural bay behind Central Station and used to be the harbor of old Amsterdam, in times when the Zuiderzee – the Southern Sea – was still existing. After the closing of the Southern Sea when the Dutch build the Afsluitdijk – the Enclosure Dam – in the 1930’s, the eastern part of Amsterdams’ harbor became more or less redundant.
The harbor has gone west since then and the IJ area has been and is redeveloped, step by step, during the last 50-60 years.
The IJ is my favorite part of my hometown. It is wide open, the horizon is low, the sky is high, the architecture modern and in many times quite beautiful, although not specifically spectacular. I can say it is up to my kind of preference. It contradicts the old school of the 17th century canals and the small and dark workers’ housing of the Pijp and the Jordan area, which were build in the 19th century.
The IJ area is modern, 21st Century and that’s what I like. I love to take the public ferry across the IJ, to the northern part of town, and just stroll around recently developed areas. Also when the mists are hanging low in the autumn- and wintertime; when you can hardly see the hand in front of your eye.
Finally Amsterdam embraces the IJ, instead of turning it’s back towards it’s ground of existence. That’s something which is typical Amsterdam. The Central Station is in my opinion a big mistake. It throws up a big wall against the original harbor, the screeching of the iron wheels against the wind that pushes the sailing ships forward.
The IJ area is enormous in size. All this city development is one of the biggest ones in modern Europe; much bigger than – as an example – the one in the city center of Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, where West and East were reunited. here North and South are being reunited, without crumbling walls or the construction of bridges.
North Amsterdam still is another part of the city. It is not really Amsterdam. It’s more like a village from across the bay that approaches town. Within a few decades however, when the new metro line is finally in full operation, this will change drastically. Then North will become a hot spot, as indicated recently with the new EYE film museum build by the Austrian bureau of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, the Shell Pavilion and the developments at the borders of the IJ towards the NDSM Wharf.
So, here 64 photographs. This post will contain more photographs in the future. Watch the new film museum EYE, the riverboats loaded, the steel, the NDSM wharf, MVRVD’s Silodam, the old Shell headquarters, the low waters, huge clouds hovering over Amsterdam’s cityscape, the Scheepvaartmuseum [Shipping Museum], Renzo Piano’s NEMO Science Centre [at the background], and and and…
Happy viewing. Wish you will find inspiration in it, so you [as a tourist, business man …] will explore the modern side of life in Amsterdam. GO to the EYE! GO to a concert at the modern Muziekgebouw aan het IJ [Music Building at the IJ], build by Danish architects 3xN. Fantastic programming over there! Modern JAZZ! Modern electronics! GO and visit the new Public Library!
Take the public ferry and cross the IJ Bay and discover Amsterdam North. You will be surprised.