Hi Brandon and Steve,
I submitted a post a while back and though it was time for a new one. This set was shot on a grey day on an old wharf in the north of Amsterdam. Oh, and we also ran into some people doing cosplay which injected some fun into the shots and made up for the grey sky a bit.
Beauty is a funny thing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when it comes to people, we tend to isolate a very specific age group as the representation of beauty. Of course there are exceptions, but twenty- and thirty-somethings would top the list of age groups most mentioned when asking about beautiful people. With buildings and urban areas in general, things are not so straightforward. We tend to like the shiny and new as well as the old. New glass and steel skyscrapers that awe us with their presence and elegantly shaped new houses are often labeled beautiful. But then again, so are ancient buildings. Or buildings and urban areas that are a hundred years old. So our range of beauty in this area is actually very broad, in contrast to how we see people. However, there is one clear category in buildings and urban areas that we tend to like the least and that is that of the recent past. Buildings that are between ten and thirty years old don’t tend to hold up that well. You know what I mean, the brick buildings of the late 80s and early 90s for instance. It just does not look right, especially when it is locked in between older, more beautiful buildings on either side. What is the turning point until we start admiring a building again that ten years ago would have been hideous? Nobody knows.
There is another path to beauty in urban areas and that is a paradox in itself. If you let an area decay by itself, it often will come our more beautiful than before. An example is the former wharf area in the north of Amsterdam, the NSDM-Wharf. This area is filled with empty factory halls, abandoned shipyards and scrap metal works. For a long time, it was left to its own to decay until groups from the fringes of society settled there and started using the buildings as ateliers. The place was somewhat cleaned up but still rough around the edges. It did not take long before rebellious companies like MTV and Red Bull set up shop here. Now, the area is buzzing with activity. Cafes opened, more ateliers were set up. And out of something that was considered ugly, beauty arose. Now let’s hope it does not get too polished and the area remains beautiful the way it is, with rough edges. You can find more info about the area on the NSDM website.
All images were shot with a Leica M. My website is: http://ertos.exposure.co
Thanks and keep up the great work with the site!