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Dutchville

This pic is captured at the Dutchville ('Stad van Nederland') exhibition at the Dutch Architecture Institute (Nederlands Architectuur Instituut (NAI), which examines Dutch urbanity. And it does this in a rather refreshing way.

It deviates from the discursive (influencing)character that architecture / urban design exhibitions can have. This character by the way follows an important part of the marketing approach of the profession: using multi platform discourse to assert/strengthen its position in the building and urban planning field and society in general, and propagate the validity of its programs and stylistic choices.

But this exhibition is different - there’s no influencing or seduction involved. It tries to elicitate a response of the public, let them think again about their surroundings by confronting them with different aspects or consequences of urban living – its past, it’s present and its possible future.

This picture and the two in the workshop show how this is done. In line with the intentions of the makers of the exhibition, I advise you not to analyze but to feel and associate.

An enjoyable add to the exhibition is the way the consumer’s point of view is introduced by way of storytelling. Each major exhibit (generally a building or a city quarter or an visualized aspect of it) has a built-in transponder that triggers the story of the user or a stakeholder of it on a portable audio device when you hold this device close to this transponder.

Information about the Dutchville exhibition is here.


By the way: the announced Lesbos pics will be posted a bit later.

The work stream: I had to work fast and as a consequence the cam wasn’t 100% level. The used tripod, the ‘Gorilla Pod SLR’ tripod with its Slik SBH 100 ballhead (from my Monopod) is a nifty combination were most museums have no objection to. But it takes some time to set it up, also because the weight of the cam and lens (1,5 kg) approaches the max load.

I rotated the pic in Photoshop CS6 to level it and cropped of the resulting empty triangles. I had set up the crop tool in content aware fill mode so it ‘magically’ filled in the blank sections (a great feature that started its life in Photoshop CS5 and was refined in CS6). I converted the image to B/W with the B/W filter (didn’t tweak the 6 colour channels much). The next step was altering the contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers. I blended these layers, applied the high pass filter (3,6 px, overlay mode , opacity 80%),added the signature frame, resized and did a gentle USM (0,6px, 8%) and a fade USM(opacity 100%, normal mode) to restrict the halo’s

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1883 W: 126 N: 4146] (13358)
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