This windmill (in Biggekerke, The Netherlands) was built in 1712 by the town of Vlissingen and was originally being leased for 7-year periods. The Olbertijn family bought the mill from the town in 1792 and it was subsequently sold In 1852 to Mr. Brasser. It has stayed in the Brasser family since then, and now Adrie Brasser and his son Sjaak are the sixth and seventh generation that upholds the tradition of wind milling. The retail shop next to the mill sells flour milled from various grains such as wholemeal and rye. The mill is one of the few that have remained continuously in operation since it was constructed, although various parts have been worn and replaced over the years, due to normal wear and tear.
Interestingly, the annual whitewashing of the mill is not done with paint, but with lime.
I must admit, that it’s the first time that I have seen a working mill in action, so I pushed the shutter speed as low as I could get away with (handheld), to capture the movement of the blades. It was late afternoon on a very grey and overcast day, so I decided to go for a more vintage, textured look. I hope it works!
[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@20mm, f/18, 1/13sec, ISO-100; LR3/CS3]