I/Eye: On Photography

Queen’s Day in Amsterdam (tree reflections)

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on May 15, 2013
Tree branches (Amsterdam, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Tree branches (Amsterdam, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Platinum palladium print, 11 x 8.25″ (image size) on Arches Platine. Amsterdam was teeming with party-goers on Queen’s Day, because it was also the day of the investiture of the new king. Party boats with between 10–25 people each, rigged out in orange, were making slow, clamorous progress around the city, churning up the quieter backwaters, making the old bricks quiver. The folks on board waved ecstatically to those of us on shore. Along the margins, the reflections of the branches undulating in the water grew frenetic and loopy — the surface was pulsating in mesmerizing, wildly shifting patterns: A thousand different images every minute. I pointed my lens downward.

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