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amsterdam, netherlands, look down, cover, lid, manhole cover, covered, metal, heavy metal, iron, cast iron, pattern, paving, red, asphalt, dutch bikes, bike lane, abstract


Part of three of my permanent themes: Look down!, Covered (see below), and Dutch Bikes.

Our bike lanes – especially the ones within cities – are often not only indicated by white road markings (or completely separated from the road for motorized traffic for safety), but also distinguished by the red color of the paving. Other than the road markings this does not have any legal significance, but it serves as an extra signal that this is for bicycles only. Most frequently used paving materials are red concrete paving slabs (standard 30×30cm) or red asphalt, as in this image (sometimes a much brighter red, but this is the more usual color).

Here the red asphalt (usually just a thin top coat) has been applied right over the top of a cast iron manhole cover (thus hiding any useful markings it may have, such as what it is a cover of). A bike has just passed, leaving a trace of wet spots.

Covered is about the covers that give (or deny) access to the world below our pavings, especially in our cities, and how they are placed in, or clash with, the pavement. At the very least these covers prevent us from tripping or falling into holes.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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Large framed print, black matte and cherry box frame

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Temporary Amsterdam - Covered cover


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amsterdam, netherlands, look down, cover, lid, manhole cover, covered, metal, heavy metal, iron, cast iron, pattern, paving, red, asphalt, dutch bikes, bike lane, abstract

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Comments

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Habout 2 years ago

    nice, and a good alien pattern feeling to it !

  • Ha! ‘Alien pattern’ gave me a chuckle: not something I would have thought of, probably because these things are so ordinary here, most people don’t even notice them. ;) Thank you for the nice comment, Dinni!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieabout 2 years ago

    Some of metal looks as if has been completely worn away.

  • Worn to a nice sheen, that’s for sure! Decades, probably many, of traffic going over it will do this to a cover – the raised bits won’t get a chance to rust either. This part won’t always have been set aside as a bike path, but even lots of feet passing over a cover can wear all relief away, or make any text unreadable.
     
    Thanks for the comment and fave, Ethna!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 2 years ago

    A great urban abstract Marjolein!

  • Interesting – I was not thinking of this as ‘abstract’ (too familiar with these covers, maybe?) but you are right… Thank you for your great comment, Kathie!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 2 years ago

    Je moet er maar oog voor hebben! Prachtig, Marjolein!
    Groeten!
    Hans.

  • Ja, de meeste mensen zien dit niet eens… ik kreeg dan ook een paar vreemde blikken – maar ook een glimlach – toen ik hiermee bezig was! Maar dingen vastleggen die de meeste mensen niet zien is wel een rood draadje (hoewel niet het hoofdthema) in mijn werk. :) Dank voor je mooie commentaar, Hans!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 2 years ago

    Wellicht is Monochrome in Color (one color only) iets voor je?

  • ‘Awaiting approval’ :) Een van m’n ‘vaste’ collectie groepen!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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