Well, despite a full day of walking Saturday, we decided on Sunday to go check out the nearby town of Amersfoort. There an old gate on the west end of the town that was part of the original fortress to protect the city. It’s called Koppelpoortand dates back to 1425 when it was completed. I was most interested to see this as we have nothing like it in the U.S., certainly not this age. It amazes me to see such sites that are nearly 600 years old! Amersfoort is a city of old vs. new. The old part of the city is still surrounded by canals and walls offering its protection. In this case, it’s protection from the modern architecture that exists beyond the old city walls. Within the walls however, is a very quaint typically dutch down with windy streets and lovely homes. The town square with it’s tower is quite impressive as well. We happened to be there on Koopzondag or “Shopping Sunday”. Once a month, stores are allowed to open on Sunday and this was the day in Amersfoort. I think the whole town and surrounding community was out roaming a main street like area that was filled with all kinds of shops. Some are similar to home but most are specialty shops. We like Amersfoort a lot. There were some restaurants we’re thinking of visiting sometime soon.
The emergence of digital photography sparked the passion I feel for the medium today. It combines my curiosity with technology as well as my love of photography. I have always been drawn to capturing textures and patterns, whether natural or man made and the interplay with light that provides an emotional response. I also am deeply committed to protecting the planet, of which I have made a career. I am in constant awe of nature’s simple beauty and it is my hope that my photography will motivate people to do their part to preserve the planet for future generations.
Having been raised in a metropolitan environment, New York City, I am also drawn to urban landscapes with emphasis on photo essays to tell my story, especially in the context of black and white. I believe that while photography is seen with the eyes, it evokes all of the senses.