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The Europeans

City: Amsterdam – Quarter: Centre – Location: Central Station.

This giant photo wall on display here is called The Europeans. It flanked Central Station square in Amsterdam. Reinier Gerritsen made it and its size was 4x45m.
I photographed it more than a year ago. The photo wall was aimed to show that Europe is open and that we are united and that there aren΄t (or better: shouldn΄t be) barriers between the multitude of ethnic groups here. I always thought that the photo wall didn΄t work very well – especially the part that I show you here seems to show a different message.
It perhaps fits the phase that we are entering now during this stage of the economic crisis. Massif lay-offs are shocking Europe (and the other parts of the world too) and times like this tend to be hard on solidarity an civility.
In Holland there is good example of this. One of the right wing political parties here is basically one-issue (nationalist and anti-multicultural and anti muslim) and the stance it takes is rabidly radical and intolerant. Because of this the party leader is facing criminal charges for reasons of the public distribution of hatred . And the decisions of the Dutch High Court to persecute him, made his party dramatically raise in popularity. If there were to be elections now, the party would be the second largest in the parliament. Let΄s be aware, y΄all.

The PCS3 work flow: I altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, ran the highpass filter on a 54% transpartent layer, USM-ed, added a frame and resized, enhanced the edges on a 68 % transparent layer, merged the layers and did a gentle USM (0,7px, 35%) again.

Have a good start of the week.





exif data
Camera Manufacturer : Canon
Camera Model : Canon EOS 30D
Exposure time [s] : 1/100
F-Number : 7.1
ISO speed ratings : 160
Date taken : 2007:12:20 10:48:11
Exposure bias value : -2/3
Metering mode : Eval, Multi-segment
Exposure mode : Av-priority
Focal length [mm] : 140 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB

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