Local Heart, Global Soul

February 9, 2019

Stadhuis Windows And An Old Masters View..

In one of the Zierikzee Stadhuis (Town Hall) rooms, I was captivated by the light coming through the large windows. There were also cool shadow patterns on the floor and there was an “atmosphere” created by this centuries old building that no camera can ever capture. Then I stepped up to one of the windows.. and on the opposite side of the street was several other beautiful centuries old classically Dutch styled buildings. That day during the 2017 Easter break was one of those “four seasons in one day” sort of weather patterns, and at this exact moment, winter weather was beating down the summery sunshine that had been getting through the clouds for most of the day. This time the sunshine wasn’t winning and the skies were growing darker by the moment.

This incoming inclement weather, the contrast between light and dark, combined with the shapes of the beautiful structures before me had the effect of making you feel like you’d stepped into a 16th Century Old Master Still-life painting. I wonder how many people from the time these buildings were new (1600-1700’s) have stood at this window, or windows like these and looked out on similar views. This typical Dutch weather for late winter, early spring. The dramatic shapes of dark threatening clouds and signs of impending rain. The camera could not do this justice, (well maybe it could, but this camera operator could not). I took several photographs trying to capture the changes in the clouds and the drama they created. A period drama could only hope to generate such feeling and atmosphere…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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