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This sunset skyline brings together three forms of energy. At the shoreline you can see wind turbines against the setting sun while in the foreground a tanker on the river Nieuwe Maas, is delivering petroleum to one of the oil refineries. Old sources of energy and the ever-present and yet new compete with each other for your attention.
It was shot in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, from the roof terrace of the EuroMast restaurant. It is a circular restaurant at a height equivalent to a twenty story building. The restaurant is in an observation tower that was built for the original Floriade international gardening festival in 1960.
(The Floriade gardening festivals have been repeated each decade since then. The second one was in 1972 and they have been held every ten years from then. I visited Floriade 2012 in Venlo the week before I took this photograph. However I wasn’t aware of the Floriade connection with this tower until after I had been there.)
At the time it was build the EuroMast was, at 101m, the tallest building in Rotterdam. It was designed, by the architect Hugh Maaskant, and constructed between 1958 and 1960. In 1970 it was almost doubled in height by the addition of a further 85m tower on top of the original – and hence regained the record for tallest building in Rotterdam.
I was in Rotterdam with a large bunch of photographers who had all been attending the annual PanoTools Meeting – for panoramic photographers and the people who develop the tools that we use. We had been up on the roof earlier and come down for the first course of our dinner.
Then someone noticed the setting sun reflecting on the windows of an apartment block in the city centre. Suddenly our dinners were forgotten as thirty photographers headed back to the roof.
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