Friday Travel Photo – vol 6

Port city and much more

This week, I am giving you a glimpse of a couple of locations in Rotterdam, the city of my birth.

Centraal Station

This photo shows the new Centraal Station, the main train station for the city of Rotterdam.  The old train station was built in 1957, and no longer met the needs of a major regional transportation hub.  A project team called Team CS, comprising Benthem Crouwel ArchitectsMVSA Architects and landscape firm West 8, was tasked with redeveloping the existing station.

This modern structure was reopened in 2014 and handles trains and subway on multiple levels, as well as the ground transport provided by streetcars.  It’s a striking structure in a thoroughly modern city.


The Markthal is a dual-use structure, in that it serves as a permanent food market and apartment complex.  The windows in the ceiling belong to the apartments, and their hallways that comprise the outside of the building.


Market stand

This market stand is typical of what you’ll see on Dutch markets, which provide great variety of high quality.

If your travels take you to Rotterdam, I recommend you take a walk through the downtown area and check out these and many other great sights!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

8 thoughts on “Friday Travel Photo – vol 6”

  1. I have lovely memories of Holland from my youth. More recently I visited Amsterdam and Delft with my husband. There are regular flights from Norwich and I’m sure we’ll be visiting again. 😁

  2. I like the Markthal. I’ve been there a couple of times and you can really find all kinds of food. It was also very busy each time, much more than shows on these pictures.

  3. I love Rotterdam! So full of beautiful buildings bu also full of history. I love the Erasmus bridge & the Markthal too. It was great to see this place, i wished I could have more time to explore more of this beautiful city. A total twist from the gabled architecture in Amsterdam. Great post Frank!

    1. Thank you very much, Christina!

      Yes, World War II changed most of the inner city of Rotterdam, as it was bombed into submission. The amazing part is that the St. Laurens Church remained standing amid the rubble of the city. From that point on, Rotterdam became a very modern city and has some avant-garde architecture.

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