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Boven het strand de hemel

Displayed here is Katwijk. The structure of this village is for a Dutch sea resort rather unique. No modern seaboard highrises etc.
Katwijk is like some other Dutch fishing villages staunchly Protestant. The tendency in these type of villages is to close the community off from the inside. Politically the city council is dominated by Christian parties with the orthodox Protestant (also known as Dutch Reformed) parties in a leading position.
Those things combined had the effect that tourism is stimulated but in a tightly controlled way – no influx from foreign capital, no rampant property development. The religious roots of the tourist policy can also be seen in things like the yearly Gospel-beach Music festival and the fact that most public facilities & shops are closed and parking is free on Sundays.

Beach tourism took off in Katwijk at the begin of the 20th century, after the completion of the tramline from Leiden (the regional capital linked to the national railroad grid) to Katwijk.
Famous painters like Jan Toorop, Willy Sluiter en Hans von Bartels worked and sometime lived here

I promised to explain some more about the background of the beach huts on the previous photo. They are called “strand cabines” and can be rented: a one day rental including a chair and a wind screen costs 25 E . As some of you suspected the direction has to do with the often strong winds. The huts face the high dunes and thus create a sheltered zone. They are used for storage and changing of cloths. This last aspect harks back to the early days of beach culture, when the beach clothing covered almost of much of the body as normal clothing and the changing of cloths took place in closed rooms. The high density and mathematical placement has to do with the limited capacity of the beach. Katwijk has 4,5 km of beach. This stretch is leased from the municipality for the season in 14 parcels by local family businesses. These business tend to maximize the use of their own part of beach (average length 320 m) because of the high demand and found out that the placement showcased in the previous photo is the most rational pattern.

This pic #2 from a series about the villages of Katwijk and Noordwwijk.

‘Boven het strand de hemel (Above the beach is heaven) is an alteration of the name of a famous study on the role of the Protestant faith in the villages of the Alblasserwaard polder, called ‘En boven de polder de hemel’ by Jojada Verrips.

The next post will be a shot captured during a shoot with Lars and Rob last Friday in The Hague!

PCS3 tech: altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, enhanced the edges, USM-ed, added a frame and resized and did a gentle USM again.


exif data

Camera Manufacturer : FUJIFILM
Camera Model : FinePix F30
Exposure time [s] : 1/800
F-Number : 6.4
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
ISO speed ratings : 100
Date taken : 2007:08:19 15:12:58
Exposure bias value : -1/1
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Focal length [mm] : 36 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB
image width : 3504
image length : 2336
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal

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