The Afsluitdijk

IMG_0028aThe view towards Noord-Holland


On a cold January Saturday my husband, my sister and I went on a road trip from Rotterdam to Groningen to visit the David Bowie exhibition at the Groningen Museum. On our trip we rode across the Afsluitdijk, a 32 kilometre long embankment (a dam, really), that connects the northern provinces of Noord-Holland and Friesland. That location had been on my list of things to pinhole for a while already. So we got out of the car, walked around for a bit enjoying the winter sun and I set up my tripod and camera.


The Afsluitdijk was built in 1927. Not only does it connect the two provinces, it was also built to keep out the sea from flooding the country. It divided the sea that was there, the Zuiderzee, into two new parts: the IJsselmeer (a lake) and the Waddenzee (a new sea). The embankment was designed by Cornelis Lely, who now has a monument at the site.

IMG_0025aOne of the small fisherman’s piers at the IJsselmeer

IMG_0027aThe view towards Friesland

IMG_0030aThe statue of Cornelis Lely

Even though the Netherlands are a small country, I don’t get to visit this part very often. It is a great place to stop at for a bit, just overlooking the IJsselmeer and/or the Waddenzee and seeing nothing but water, the Afsluitdijk and the occasional car. I plan to go back again when the weather is a bit better.

Camera: Holga 120 PC
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Pinhole: 0.25mm
Focal Length: 48mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f192
Dev: lab
Scan: Canon Canoscan 9000F

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