Metal jumble by Marjolein Katsma

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abstract, harbour, rust, abandoned, brown, harbor, chain, amsterdam, netherlands, anchor chain, metal, heavy metal, steel, look down, houthaven, wood harbor

Last Saturday I made an exploratory photo walk in and around the Houthaven (Wood harbor) in Amsterdam and had a lot of fun. (Note the photos Google maps is using here are pretty outdated, since the area is under development.)

I’m always fascinated by the variety of things used to fasten a boat or ship to something stable like a wharf, a jetty or the sea bottom – not just the iron or wooden shapes to fasten them to but also the lines, anchor lines, and anchor chains. Whatever the materials, fastening something unstable to something stable dictates utmost flexibility.

As expected, there was no shortage of these things in the Houthaven, so I had a ball finding nice examples and photographing them.

Both visually and conceptually, this jumble at first seems like an exact opposite of the previously posted Line – one is synthetic, in use, neat and taut, the background suggesting it’s well taken care of, while this old anchor chain is just a jumble of rust which I found sitting on a jetty: it’s neither in use nor stowed away ready for use but just abandoned there.

Yet both belong to this same “class” of things used to tie the unstable boats and ships to something stable.

This is a triptych I made of three shots of the same pile of rust – I’ll post the separate shots later.

Taken in Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010-06-26
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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Metal jumble take 1

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  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakover 4 years ago

    Love this triptych view, Marjolein…very cool.

  • Thank you Lynne!

    I was quite amazed to find it just lying (or sitting) there, but then it’s way to heavy to just carry away :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Nice trio of shots in one…

  • Thanks, Vee!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanover 4 years ago

    nice… they seem very alive!

  • Now that you say it… yes, like a wriggling mass of worms! :) Thank you Tom!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 4 years ago

    Mooie collage Marjolein, roest met een mooi patroon….
    Ps. je had er ook bij kunnen zetten dat het Amsterdamse fiets sloten zijn LOL

  • LOL. Bijna wel! Maar deze ketting was wel iets te zwaar voor een fiets. Je mist de schaal natuurlijk in zo’n close up… Dank voor je leuke commentaar en de fave, Erik!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Hover 4 years ago

    fantastic shot Marjolein, love how you presented it!

  • Thank you very much, Dinni!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    awesome! love the format:))

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, LisaBeth!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    FABulous! FABulous!!

  • Thanks for your FABulous comment and the FABulous fave, Gena! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hélène David-Cuny
    Hélène David-Cunyover 4 years ago

    If I may dare a comparison, your neat green line is the internet network in in places where you and I normally live, and your rusty (yet beautiful) jumble is the same in a place where I happen to stay at the moment… Great shots and analysis of the concept !

  • Thank you for that wonderful and thoughtful comment, Hélène!

    That’s a great comparison – it never occurred to me when I took the shots, but (having traveled myself quite a bit) I agree the internet at home and in other places can be quite a different experience, a difference similar to the differences here.

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hetty Mellink
    Hetty Mellinkover 4 years ago

    Ik heb ze allemaal bekeken. Deze combinatie vind ik erg mooi!

  • Dankje, Hetty! (Nogmaals ook voor de fave!)

    Ik had meerdere shots gemaakt om de ‘mooste’ uit te zoeken, maar eenmaal thuis vond ik ze allemaal even mooi, ze leken elkaar aan te vullen – vandaar dit drieluikje!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • athex
    athexover 4 years ago

    Nice work these images work well together

  • Thank you very much, Alan!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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