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“For the times they are a-changin” prt1

I have mixed feelings about this. It’s a revived crane on the former dock-yard NDSM. They revived it with a hotel. The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel. It has three suites in the top of the crane; reachable by elevator. The suites are named: Mystique, Secret and Free Spirit and they look like this: http://www.faralda.com/en/design-suites The price for a suite is €435,- for one night. On top of the hotel, in the open air, is a Spa-pool, which you can enjoy for €45,- per 1,5 hours. Great view over the city of Amsterdam; “the crane slowly turns in the wind”. For another €85,- you can make kind a Bungee Jump with a swing of at least 90 metres. On 13 meters there is the Faralda Dutchview Studio Amsterdam, which you can use for €1.425,- a day.
I have mixed feelings about this extraordinary project because on the one hand, as a former architectural designer, I like the architectural challenge and the way they treated it. The hard colours in contrast with the grey structure looks good. I would have liked it even better when they had left the structure in its rusty, former state; but that probably was not safe enough for containing people. On the other hand I liked the old, rusty power, covered with graffiti as high as people had dared to climb. When I first met the crane in 2009 it looked like this.

“For the times they are a-changin” prt2

For me this was the icon of the place. On the one hand it referred to the dock-yard-life and on the other hand the graffiti was symbolic for the free spirits that had taken over the abandoned dock. May be this hotel is just an other chapter in the life of the crane; and it probably would not have survived the elements much longer without a restoration-update; but for me, too much rust and graffiti is wiped out.  So, my icon is suffering from amnesia now. And the approach is a bit too modern-baroque for me; almost decadent. But maybe I’m getting too old for this world… 😉

“For the times they are a-changin” prt3

Main entrance, leading to a small reception.

“For the times they are a-changin” prt4

“For the times they are a-changin” prt5

“For the times they are a-changin” prt6

“For the times they are a-changin” prt7

Behind Amsterdam Central Station

Behind Amsterdam Central Station

Yesterday I was in Amsterdam. The weather was great. A day that gives you the feeling that Summer has definitely made a serious start. On days like this I used to go to the NDSM with a good friend of mine, to do some photographing and have a tasty beer on a terrace in the sun. Good times. But he lives at the other end of the world now; so I had to decide to go there alone. To go to NDSM you have to take a ferry. They depart from a quay just behind Central Station. While I was waiting for the next one to come, I took some shots.

Behind Amsterdam Central Station prt2

Behind Amsterdam Central Station prt2

Behind Amsterdam Central Station prt3

Behind Amsterdam Central Station prt3

Hoysaleswara temple prt13

Hoysaleswara temple prt13 | digitized from slide

I’m not even half way with the slides from India; but I have the feeling that this should be the last India-from-slide-post. It starts to feel like work; and that’s not good 🙂 . In this post the rest of The Hoysaleswara temple in Halebid; incredible sculptures. Prt 21 and 22 show quite well what insane details these craftsmen were capable of. Rock looking like cloth; almost surreal. And as the temple is dedicated to Shiva, there is of course a bull waiting in front of the entrance.
Thanks for the Likes and the comments; hope you enjoyed these India-posts.

Hoysaleswara temple prt14

Hoysaleswara temple prt14 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt15

Hoysaleswara temple prt15 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt16

Hoysaleswara temple prt16 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt17

Hoysaleswara temple prt17 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt18

Hoysaleswara temple prt18 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt19

Hoysaleswara temple prt19 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt20

Hoysaleswara temple prt20 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt21

Hoysaleswara temple prt21 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt22

Hoysaleswara temple prt22 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt23

Hoysaleswara temple prt23 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt24

Hoysaleswara temple prt24 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt25

Hoysaleswara temple prt25 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt26

Hoysaleswara temple prt26 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt27

Hoysaleswara temple prt27 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt1

Hoysaleswara temple prt1 | digitized from slide

After our visit to the Giant, the taxi drove us to Halebid, to see the Hoysaleswara temple. It was build in the 12th century and is dedicated to Shiva. Most famous for its sculptures.

Hoysaleswara temple prt2

Hoysaleswara temple prt2 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt3

Hoysaleswara temple prt3 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt4

Hoysaleswara temple prt4 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt5

Hoysaleswara temple prt5 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt6

Hoysaleswara temple prt6 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt7

Hoysaleswara temple prt7 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt8

Hoysaleswara temple prt8 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt9

Hoysaleswara temple prt9 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt10

Hoysaleswara temple prt10 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt11

Hoysaleswara temple prt11 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt12

Hoysaleswara temple prt12 | digitized from slide

Waiting Nandi

Waiting Nandi | digitized from slide

“Do you know why that bull is lying there”, somebody asked. I didn’t. “Long ago, Shiva and his Nandi (bull) were on a long, lonely travel. After many days Shiva got so horny that he did the bull an indecent proposal: ‘I’m in a desperate need; if I can have sex with you right now; I will help you out any time in the future when the needs are the other way around’. The bull agreed and offered his services. Many years later, while they were on a journey once more, the bull had his hard time and he reminded Shiva of their appointment. But Shiva ran off as fast as he could. And that’s why Nandi is lying in front the Shiva-temple, waiting, waiting till promises are full-filled.” We had a good laugh.

Simple Symbol

Simple Symbol | digitized from slide

Closed Doors

Closed Doors | digitized from slide

The Funny Face

The Funny Face | digitized from slide

A Touch of Light

A Touch of Light | digitized from slide

Cubism

Cubism | digitized from slide

Sacre

Sacre | digitized from slide

The white Wall with the black Holes

The white Wall with the black Holes | digitized from slide

Chopped off

Chopped off | digitized from slide

Cut the Crap

Cut the Crap | digitized from slide

To give an impression of how the slides look before, and after; the next three images. I digitize them with a Rollei DF-S 190 SE; and process them in Lightroom. This is a bad one, with the ‘white-blow’ on the lower left side; and the color-change-gradient on the right. Sometimes these injuries give the image a little extra.

Unprocessed Slide-scan

Unprocessed Slide-scan | digitized from slide

Processed Slide-scan, color

Processed Slide-scan, color | digitized from slide

Processed Slide-scan, B&W

Processed Slide-scan, B&W | digitized from slide

Backside

Backside | digitized from slide

The last ones from this temple.

Arcade1

Arcade1 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt11

Incredible Sculpture prt11 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt13

Incredible Sculpture prt13 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt12

Incredible Sculpture prt12 | digitized from slide

Arcade2

Arcade2 | digitized from slide

Vivid

Vivid | digitized from slide

Left wing

Left wing | digitized from slide

Interior1

Interior1 | digitized from slide

Inside the temple it was dark, with some artificial light. In stead of 12.800 ISO and Auto-whitebalance I only had 400 ASA daylight-slide-film I could use… Very good for the mythical atmosphere, i must say 😉

Interior2

Interior2 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt8

Incredible Sculpture prt8 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt9

Incredible Sculpture prt9 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt10

Incredible Sculpture prt10 | digitized from slide

Ceilingdetail1

Ceilingdetail1 | digitized from slide

Ceilingdetail2

Ceilingdetail2 | digitized from slide

Ceilingdetail3

Ceilingdetail3 | digitized from slide

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