The London skyline is constantly changing. An incredible amount of offices, hotels and apartments are being build all over the city. Often old buildings have to make place for new developments. A few of these projects can be found in my new Construction gallery
Corner of Fenchurch street and Billeter street, London
Battersea Power Station
The iconic Battersea Power Station is turned into luxury apartments for the super rich. The chimney are being rebuild as this is a Grade 2 listed building.
Battersea Power Station, London
I visited Rotterdam for a few days in
May April and spend some time with my good friend Rob de Voogd photographing this nice city. These few day produced enough material for a separate image gallery of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam is in southern part of the Netherlands and is home to the busiest port in the World and has a population of about 620,000. Definitely a modern city with a nice blend of old and new architecture.
Great Architecture in Rotterdam
There are many architectural highlights in Rotterdam. The most famous is probably the Erasmus bridge over the Nieuwe Maas (New Maas) river designed by: UNStudio. But the new central train station with a daring modern triangular roof over the main entrance cladded with stainless steel might become just as iconic. The station was designed by a collaboration of Benthem Crouwel Architects and MVSA and completed by early 2014.
The latest addition to the skyline is ‘The Rotterdam’ a 44 stories modern multifunctional building designed by Rem Koolhaas. This Tower next to the Erasmus bridge won the 2014 price for the best tall building in Europe.
Rotterdam – Gallery by David Bleeker Photography
Other fun things to do:
- Visit the Euro mast a 122m high viewing platform with a great view of the city and the New Maas river.
- take one of the many available boat rides or water taxis on the Nieuwe Maas (New Maas) River.
- And if you visit the Netherlands for the first time there are lots of other nice destinations like Amsterdam and The Hague nearby.
Click here to find the Rotterdam Photography Gallery
Rotterdam Photographs for sale
This is the Harpa Concert Hall Conference centre in Reykjavik, which I visited on the last day of a 9 day holiday in Iceland. Iceland is an amazing destination. The scenery of Iceland is superb with glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, waterfalls and above all, great light.
Harpa Concert Hall
Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall is a must see for anyone who loves modern architecture. The striking glass façade is based on the basalt structures found all over the country.
Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik – ©David Bleeker
The interior has a lot of contrast It is light because of the glass on the outside and dark because of the black concrete used throughout the building. I love to revisit this building at night to see the lighting of the façade.
The building is situated right at the waterfront with a view of the harbour and the surounding mountains. The design was a collaboration between Danish Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson who designed the glass façade.
This year (2013) the building won the Mies van de Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).
See more exterior and interior images in the Harpa, Reykjavik Gallery
Harpa art for sale.
Reuters Technical Services Centre, London
Black and white photography is something I sometimes got into using Ilford FP4 and HP5 and Kodak T-Max 400, later I used Kodak T400 CN which could be processed as a colour film. But I never did use black and white on a regular basis probably because I did not have my own darkroom. And Kodachrome 64 was almost standard in my camera.
In September I was on holiday in France for 2 weeks on the way back I made a detour to photograph the train station in Liège, Belgium. Liège Guillemins as it is called was opened in 2009 and is designed by the famous Spanish architect Santigo Calatrava.
Liège Guillemins train station
In the evening we arrived in Liège the sun had already set but I still managed to take some pictures. The next morning the weather was overcast not what I hoped for, but I still spend a few hours taking pictures inside making use of the soft light. Two days later the forecast was better so I went back very early before sunrise and had a perfect blue sky. The roof creates great shadow patterns and scatters the light making the place really bright.
Click here for the full Liège Guillemins gallery.