Local Heart, Global Soul

December 21, 2011

Flats aan de Vlaskamp, Gone or Just Gone into Hiding?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Haags Gemeentearchief  (the Hague City Council Archive) put up billboards around the city  to celebrate their 125th Anniversary  a few years ago and Himself and I made it our mission to try and photograph them all.

The Gemeente (Council) placed the billboards which depicted historical city photos as close as possible to where the photos had been originally taken and they made a page on their website (Dutch language only)  that showed where their physical locations were etc.

But nowhere were there any “new” photos  of the areas where the billboards stood to show the changes (or not) that have taken place over the years.

Since this is the bit that caught the interest of  Himself and I, we were spurred  into action and I tried to capture not only photos of the billboards themselves but also of as much of what can be seen in the locations today.

This billboard is an interesting one, and a bit of a mystery:  when visiting the locations of all of the other billboards in the series we discovered that they really were  placed amazingly close to the original spots where the photos were taken.

When that was no longer possible due to construction of new buildings etc. then a note was added to the billboard in question, usually with a small map to outline where the original spot had been.

Therefore I don’t get why this billboard is placed in the middle of the median strip in the centre of the road. Why isn’t it over on the grass closer to the buildings and flats in the background? Does this mean that the flats in the billboard photograph don’t actually exist any more because the road had been built in it’s place in the intervening years?

The flats in the background are very similar but didn’t seem to be  the same building (unless it’s been renovated a lot and it’s appearance has been changed enough to give me doubt)  so in the absence of any other information I have to assume that maybe it’s actually been demolished so that they could build the road.

Here are the views of the billboard and the surrounding area as it looks today…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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