another image from that cold walkabout in my hometown...
Antwerp is a city on a river. It has a port.
For centuries this has made it a place of meeting,
encounter and exchange.
The MAS museum takes up the traces of these exchanges and with them tells its stories. About the city, the river, the port. About the world in all its diversity. About Antwerp in/and the world.
MAS stands for 'Museum aan de Stroom', which translates as 'museum on the river'. It was designed by the Dutch architectural firm Neutelings Riedijk Architects and lies somewhat to the north of the centre, in the old docks area.
The MAS opened about a year ago and in that time has become one of Belgium's most visited museums. It is an open house. Only access to the museum rooms are at a charge, the rooftop panorama and outer viewing areas are for free.
This picture is the view of the MAS from the other side of the old docks. The name of the dock these ships lie in, is the Bonaparte dock.
It was built by Napoleon, who once thought of Antwerp as being a "gun pointed straight at the heart of England". His plans for a naval invasion of London (from Antwerp) were never tried, after he was defeated at Waterloo.
Still, Napoleon's investments played an decisive role in Antwerp regaining its position as one of Europe's leading ports, after centuries when the river Scheldt had been blocked by the independent Dutch, just a few kilometres up north.
And I just love how the light glistens
in the vertical waves of the glass.
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npecanhuk (53919) 2012-02-15 11:20
Interesting building with unique and attractive architectural details!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, contrasts, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Best regards and greetings from Brazil,
aloyho (6705) 2012-02-15 21:45
My first reaction towards this building is its likeness to a stack of containers and being on the dock make this resemblance even more distinct. I certainly like this building and its interesting shape and form. The blue sky also helped to bring out its glamour. Well chosen pov with nice colour saturation and sharpness. Well done!!
bukitgolfb301 (30111) 2012-02-15 22:39
Hi my dear Benny
Great framework you catch indeed! Different thema as uour usual portrait sereis, but also great one, I like very much. Perfect vivid color with agood sun light and well considered composition! Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a good day!
Takero from cold north area, preparaing for tomorrow shooting
Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-02-16 0:02
سلام دوست من
ترکیب شات و نور خوب
dkmurphys (36857) 2012-02-16 1:55
Lovely port scene. That building sure is an attractive point of interest. Good shot, have a nice day.
ChrisJ (86932) 2012-02-16 3:13
Striking warm cold color contrasts between the red & blue with good sharpness & an interesting architectural construction in the bg. The fg pylon for mooring adds depth. Good sharpness throughout. Tfs!
Nard (6913) 2012-02-16 3:33
Amazing building with a nice architecture looking like a stack of container misplaced. I like how it stands out the skey under this beautiful light.
josepmarin (55063) 2012-02-17 1:01
the building of this museum has a bold architecture, with a great graphical power because of its geometry and its nice contrast with the blue sky.
I like the graphical effect of the bollard, the wharf, and the barges in foreground, that they provide an interesting port atmosphere to your composition.
An excellent technical execution.
PS: thank you very much for your kind words about the birth of my grandson.
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (12793)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pictures of Home [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-15 9:53