“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
— Dorothea Lange
Rotterdam – “Gateway to the World.”
Rotterdam is the birthplace of Erasmus, the Renaissance humanist and theologian. He gives his name to many institutions, including the University (Erasmus Universitiet), and the beautiful Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug).
The heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe in World War II. After initial crisis re-construction from the 1950s through to the 1970s, the centre of Rotterdam has become the site of ambitious new architecture including the amazing Markthal – a covered market housing many small food retailers, cafés and restaurants.
And yet much of the old 19th century city still remains, round the quaint Delfshaven, Oudehaven and Haringvliet docks, teeming with restored barges, sailing and steam boats.
Dominated by water, Rotterdam is divided in two by the river Nieuwe Maas. This has given rise to the nickname “Gateway to the World”. Sheltering behind dikes, large parts of the city are below sea level. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe.
This combination makes Rotterdam completely different from all other cities, and presents breathtaking photo opportunities! Come and see for yourself…
Art and culture
Rotterdam hosts an astonishing range of street art and public sculpture by renowned artists. Show me some examples…
And in July Rotterdam hosts the North Sea Jazz Festival, the biggest indoor jazz festival in the world. The festival actually presents many music styles, from traditional New Orleans jazz to Swing, bebop, fusion, blues, gospel music, funk music, soul music and drum n bass.
Places visited on the Rotterdam tour
- Cubist Houses
- Amazing street art and public sculpture
- The Luchtsingel arial walkway
- Oudehaven and Haringvliet harbours
- The Maritime Museum
- The Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) and the river Maas
- Church of St. Lawrence
- City Hall’s secret garden (weekdays only)
Note: The evening itinerary will vary according to the time of year
The photography experience
Of all the cities Rotterdam offers the most varied photographic subjects: quaint harbours, imposing ultra-modern architecture, the majestic sweep of the river Maas with its magnificent bridges, street art and sculpture, lush parks and green spaces.
To capture these in memorable photographs requires several different photographic techniques. Your guide will explain clearly and consisely how to achieve these.
This session is not only limited to couples naturally, but also suitable for families or group of friends, for a special occasion or just for fun!