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Modern - Old Ghent XII
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24413 W: 523 N: 40840] (175730)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-29
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 7 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1 GB Sandisk Ext II, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): More than 200 points to 300 – photos, My best of 2013 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-07 22:52
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Points: 221
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The last days of 2012 I was in Ghent, took these picture of the Sheep stable and the nice Belfry
I do not want to comment on this building for the Belfry, I don't know of this is a profit for the city or a loss, both parties are always right in Ghent.

The 91-metre-high belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. It's height makes it the tallest belfry in existence. Through the centuries, it has served not only as a bell tower to announce the time and various warnings, but also as a fortified watchtower and town treasury.
Construction of the tower began in 1313 to the design of master mason Jan van Haelst, whose plans are still preserved in a museum. After continuing intermittently through wars, plagues and political turmoil, the work reached completion in 1380. It was near the end of this period that the gilded dragon, brought from Bruges, assumed its place atop the tower. The uppermost parts of the building have been rebuilt several times, in part to accommodate the growing number of bells.
The primary bell in the tower, Roland, was the one used by citizens to warn of an enemy approaching or a battle won. "Roland has become almost a person to the people of Belgium. He is a patriot, a hero, a leader in all rebellion against unrighteous authority." Upon conquering Belgium, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor ordered the removal of Roland. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow referred to Roland in one of his poems:

Sheep stable;

The city hall ( reads Sheep stable) is a construction of about 40 to 15 meters wide which is based on four concrete pedestals. The facades and roofs are clad in wood and features bring natural light through little holes. On roofs are glass tiles to protect the wood. Sitting in the base lifts, ventilation ducts, utilities for the underlying spaces and an open fireplace.

The city hall has two pointed roofs. This refers to the pointed roofs of the town hall. The altitude of the city hall ratio equivalent to the surrounding buildings.

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Hi Jihn,
interesting mix of old and new, i like like and the details of the belfry. the vertical format choice suits very well.

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2013-04-07 22:58]

Spectacular shot John! So clean, so Sharp and well captured! Curious contrast of architectures...I like it!
Have a good week!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-04-07 23:29]

Hi John,
unusual modern construction of Sheep stable and very nice Belfry. Good vertical composition and presentation here, in TE. Photo is very well done. Interesting note, too.
Have a nice day.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10139 W: 144 N: 25364] (123503)
  • [2013-04-07 23:29]

Hi John,

is it city hall???? Are you sure it is not Prima Aprilis? I can't imagine anywhere the city hall like this, and so close to the Gothic church, spoiling the view. For me awful idea. This Sheep stable itself is interesting and beautiful but in other place. But the photo is excellent in all respects. Thanks for sharing.
Warm regrads


Dobar dan, gospodine.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o zvoniku sa datim podacima, i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na modernu i staru arhitekturu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana arhitektura, trenutak sa ljudima i inetesantnim oblacima.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.

Good day, sir.
Very interesting and good text on the bell tower of the given data, and history ...
Nice view of modern and old architecture ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful architecture shown, time with people and inetesantnim clouds.
Good article on the used technique and elements of the image.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
Good luck.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Le contraste est frappant entre les deux édifices. L'intérêt de la composition est manifeste.
Un grand merci pour ce partage présentant un intérêt particulier.
Excellente journée.

Buongiorno John
avevo visto delle immagini della stalla, ma non affiancate alla torre antica, l'effetto è molto strano.
Anche io non amo molto le strutture troppo moderne, ma spesso penso che anche quando fu costruito il colosseo, per l'epoca, si trattava di una costruzione moderna e probabilmente a molti non piaceva. In ogni caso, preferisco la bella e vecchia Ghent.
Buona giornata

Hello John,

This is a curious mix of old and new.
I understand your reservations but the new building does make a strong statement!
Your photograph captures the two with excellent sharpness and fine positioning. I like how it is all so nicely illuminated by the low sun.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello John,
really fascinating combination of two completely different objects.You write in your note you have quite mixed feelings seing this juxtaposition,but I find it really successful.The belfry is indeed beautiful with its ornamentations and grey stones,but the new City Hall is for me also very interesting when it comes to its architecture.Personally I like it!
You composed the scene excellently showing us both objects in all their glory.

Have a nice day

Hello John

I can understand that people of Ghent are discussing the placement of this modern building so close to the old one. When it comes to the photo the modern building without doubt creates an interesting juxtaposition towards the old medieval tower. Technically well executed photo and lovely presentation. Very nice work! TFS. Have a great week.

Best regards, Erling

Hello John,
I know which building I prefer:-) Your chosen point of view nicely highlights the difference between these two starkly contrasting styles. The passers-by contribute to the atmosphere of the shot and offer a good sense of scale. Agreeable warm light and colours to match; excellent sharpness. Thanks for sharing.

Hi John,
Very fine composition from the center of Ghent. I was impressed by this new modern structure. Well taken.


Ciao John
hai colto uno straordinario contrasto tra antico e moderno che appare incredibile nel suo audace accostamento.
Ne hai tratto una bella foto nella quale colore, nitidezza e contrasto non mancano, rendendo, con una perfetta composizione ed un taglio appropriato un documento di eccezionale bellezza ed eleganza.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana

Hi John
a stunning shot this, such a contrast of architectural styles but they seem to fit together so harmoniously. Glorious textures and immaculate detailing make this shot a real winner. Beautifully captured and presented.

Have a great week - regards Brian.

Hello John,

A mix of ancient and modern well presented in an image of excellent quality. The sky is really nice and the people milling aroud give perspective. Colors and details are as usual, quite sharp.

Best regards


salt Jhon,
quand j'ai vu..j'ai dit WOOOWWW:
une bel exemple de photo verticale et composition reussi...

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-04-08 4:23]

Hello John,

A very interesting note, especially about "Roland", and a fine photograph with wonderful contrasts between the old and new architecture of Ghent.

Excellent "compact" composition, lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


P.S. I think these are the lines of Longfellow:

"Till the bell of Ghent responded o'er lagoon and dike of sand,
I am Roland! I am Roland! there is victory in the land!"

Hi John,

The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing the détails and colours of the architecture of the Belfry and of the Sheep stable. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.


Bonjour John,

J'aime beaucoup le mélange de moderne et d'ancien dans cette composition. J'aime la gestion de la lumière forte et la très grande netteté de l'ensemble sous un ciel impeccable. Le cadrage est excellent.



Dag John,
Het wordt natuurlijk wel wennen aan het zicht van de moderne Stadshal midden in die Gentse historische omgeving. Toch leent dit opvallende bouwwerk zich heel goed tot prachtige foto's. En je foto toont hier mooi aan dat ook op het vernieuwde plein het belfort overduidelijk het belangrijkste gebouw blijft.
Je hebt beide hier broederlijk naast elkaar gezet. Een betere presentatie kan niet voor de TE-leden die veelal historische gebouwen bewonderen maar moderne architectuur wordt hier toch ook gesmaakt.
Einde december heeft het veel geregend maar gelukkig waren er die dag opklaringen zodat je hier een prachtig blauw-bruin contrast kan tonen.
Vele groeten, Paul

Hi John,

Excellent shot. Very well managed the colors, lights and contrast. Very well done.



Hello John,
These are interesting contrasts of architectural styles trying to live peacefully together. A city that has visibly grown thoughout the centuries with many styles seen side by side is often more interesting to visit than one where everything looks the same. You have balanced and cropped this photo very well and the colours and sharpness are as perfect as always.
Kind regards,

Hi John,
Superb shot of this beautiful urban scene. That belfry is a staggeringly beautiful piece of architectre, and extremely impressive in its size! The stable, although a little smaller and less noticable, is equally a wonderful structure, and its wooden facade makes a nice contrast against the stone tower.
Really nicely seen image John, thanks for sharing this postcard from Ghent.
All the best

Hello John,
this is a really odd couple! Your composition and framing are great, you have emphasized their closeness and the juxtaposition of their totally different styles. What connects them is their tipped roofs, I guess, their differences are striking. The people in the foreground bring in some delightful movement. I like very much the way you've used the light, the colours and textures are very attractive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

Hi John, very good view of this interesting and beautiful composition with the modern and the old town, very well captured with a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

Hi John,
A very interesting combination of these different architectural styles. This brings a very good attraction to the picture.
Kind regards

interesting combine you captured.

Old and new together here in Ghent, John - a nice combination, with he beautiful clock tower looming over the more modern wood and concrete City Hall, at the very least an eye-catching building that I'm sure some of TE's modern architecture lovers will salivate over!

Really for me the light atop the tower is the most lovely piece of this, worthy of a close-up in its own right, as it illuminated the fine brickwork nicely. Overall a very nice shot of Ghent, old and new.


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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6078 W: 277 N: 11724] (90429)
  • [2013-04-08 14:36]

Hello John ,
This modern architecture is intereesting . So close to the famous beffry ... is it a good idea ? I don't know .It is something liike the Pyramide du Louvres , in PAris : some ones like it , other ones hate it .
Anyway , it is here an excellent picture .

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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 122 N: 2844] (13739)
  • [2013-04-08 15:58]

Hi John,

very curious photo. I like to much the big tower in the background with the golden dragon(?) in the top. The other structure the sheep stable is very different from everything I ever saw.

Thanks for share

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2013-04-08 19:14]

Hello John,
Beautiful shot of these two completely different architectures.The picture is remarkably sharp.The details are perflectly well rendered.Very nice colors.Very well done.

Hello John,
wonderful composition of architecture and its an execution. I love the point of view, colors, sharpness, clarity and perspective. Magnificent work like always. Love it.
All the best,

Un étonnant contraste architectural entre ce beau beffroi et cet Hôtel de Ville moderne pour le moins curieux. Une photo d'excellente qualité avec une superbe lumière et une bonne composition verticale.

Hello John, an extraordinary contrast between the new and the old, great combination and very beautiful composition!Please, take more pictures!!!
warm regards,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2013-04-09 1:41]


Quel contraste architecturale, avec l'ancienne cathédrale en fond et ce cube de bois quel chef d'oeuvre quel ensemble très bien mis en valeur merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11760 W: 126 N: 21153] (108907)
  • [2013-04-09 3:52]

Salut John,the light on the water and its details is very fantastic,what a top quality capture my friend!! Magnificent contrast between old and modern architechtures from the best point of view and whit a very special level of details and colors,really a great pleasure to see! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ola John ,
Muito interessante este monumento em forma de telhado com estes bicos e chaminé , gostei do efeito visual da madeira , a torre da igreja de fundo e linda tem um belo relógio , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hello John!
An interesting combination of modern architecture and old Gothic!
Good POV, beautiful colors and good sharpness.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9599 W: 157 N: 15505] (124145)
  • [2013-04-09 7:20]

Witaj John!
Beautiful tower!
Excellent composition and frame.
Superb colors.
I like it.
Have a nice afternoon

I like this mixture of traditional and modern architecture John. It somehow sits side by side with ease. If the sheep stable was constructed of stone would it look out of place next to the tower? It's a fine composition my friend, great clarity and colours and a fine contrast with the blue, cloud dotted sky.

The poem you're referring to is called, 'The Belfry of Bruges'. The part in which Roland appears is;

And again the whiskered Spaniard all the land with terror smote;
And again the wild alarum sounded from the tocsin's throat;

Till the bell of Ghent responded o'er lagoon and dike of sand,
"I am Roland! I am Roland! there is victory in the land!"

Hi John,
I love the combination of Old and Modern in the images of cities, and your image here is a fine representation of a very old beautiful historically significant stone tower and an abstract-looking two-point structure with something that looks like a (?)chimney. Sheep stable is a funny name for it and it looks very unusual. Such a picture-worthy image, quite striking in its uniqueness!
The belfry's roof is gorgeous and I love the perfect sharpness of even its littlest details.
Warm Regards,

Dag John,
Het ziet eruit als een grote wrat in dit historische deel van de stad. Dit is toch onzin, zo een juweel van de gotische kunst met zo een gruwel te verminken. Beide gebouwen hebben architectonisch weinig relatie met elkaar en vormen geen architectonische eenheid. Een schaapskooi, schrijf je. Waar zijn de schapen ? Het doet me eerder denken aan een bisschoppelijke mijter ! Jouw foto heeft ten minste de verdienste om de slechte smaak van sommige mensen aan het licht te brengen op het gebied van stedenbouwkunde. De “schapen” met twee poten die onverschillig tegenover dit werk op het plein lopen, geven de foto iets levendigs. De mooie belichting zorgt voor vele details en voor mooie kleuren. Weer heel mooi gebracht.
Vele groeten,

Goedenavond John,
Uw gedachten over de nieuwbouw van het stadhuis laten zich raden. Er is hier gekozen voor een scherp architectonisch contrast waar alleen het hout enigzins de aansluiting met het oude en ambachtelijke vindt. Het levert een aantrekkelijke grafische plaat op met een fijne verdeling van het publiek over het frame. Mooi gezien en gedaan!
Groeten uit een 3/4 bewolkt en regenachtig Rotterdam waar eindeljk de temperatuur wat aan het oplopen is.

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  • Kugart Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 0 N: 536] (1778)
  • [2013-04-09 15:52]

Hello John,
What an interesting photograph showing contrast between old and new architecture. I cant see the modern building ever lasting as long as the old belfry.
Lovely sharp shot with good POV showing Belfry off against the beutiful sky.

Hi John
well well well, look what we have here!
If my memory is correct, i think Daniel showed us this unique modern architecture not too long ago.
this compo is great too, showing the old against the new, which do you prefer?
i enjoy both!
nice shot

Beautiful church - a combination of modern and old architecture. Strong colors emphasizes the uniqueness of this photo. Excellent image quality.

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  • lgir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 621 W: 71 N: 1652] (7363)
  • [2013-04-10 5:27]

Hello John,

superb architectural contrast of an image well composed and good quality technical.
Good work

Good evening John,
Stunning view on the tower and the wooden structure built alongside's.
People added a vivid texture and wonderfully "spread" on the paved square in front.
Fine light colors and contrast to blue sky.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 1034 N: 28588] (135918)
  • [2013-04-10 11:24]

Hello John,

Smart choice of a vertical format for the composition to emphasise the height of the clocktower and the gated arch at left. I like the graphism of the fg people against the lighter reddish yellow plaza. Superb sharpness and good warm vs cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and reddish brown wooden structure at left. Tfs!

Ciao John, lovely composition with great contrast between old and new architectures, both beautiful, superb sky, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2013-04-10 13:58]

Hi again,

Another beautiful shot, love all the details and texture of the two very differnet types of archtectures.


Hello John.
This is a beautiful architecture shot with unique wooden arch to gain an entrance to this lovely tower. The light and colors are pleasing on this sharp image in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards.

Hi John,
It's always nice to see your photo, the clarity, sharpness, angle taken, its just soothing to look at. :)

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3355 W: 0 N: 7688] (56033)
  • [2013-04-11 10:43]

What an original architecture, such an unususal town hall is a curiosity, excellent photo with great sharpness, light and composition

Grande ville industrielle et univrsitaria. L'ancienne tour .... nouveaux volumes. Excellente combinaison et un diaporama photo précise.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-04-11 18:51]

Hello John,

You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see both of old and modern architecture in Ghent. The old medieval tower looks like elegant and noble architecture from it's design/shape, and new buillding looks like with innovative design. So it's very interesting in the contrast. The whole is balanced and harmonized well by a good arrangement and excellent bright color combination.

Kind regards,

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2013-04-11 19:42]

Bonjour John,
Excellent combination of old and modern architecture. I like the view up, making the church more majestic. There is an excellent contrast between brown structure in FG and nice blue sky in BG. All is well arranged in portrait format. Like it.

Hello John ,

This is a very nice picture you shared us !

With Best Wishes and Prayers !

Peace and Blessing of God may be upon You ,

We can make a Better World !

Yours Truly ,


Hello John,¨

I like Gent and Bruges very much. Two amazing cities. I li8ke your architecture picture (old and new) very much. Very good clarity and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.

With regads from Luxembourg


What a combination! Modern and old style architecture. Nicely captured with good lighting and dof with nice details. Wonderful colors especially the sky and the clouds. Well done, tfs.

Hello dear John

Excellent capture with amazing architectural details and awesome colors.Nice background and atmosphere.Very good result.

Have a nice day

Bonjour John, Hi,
Beautiful old and new architecture,
great details and point of view,
Picture well presented and composed as usual with an excellent tone of colors and light,
Nicely done.

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2013-04-12 18:12]

Hi John,

I ashamed at myself for missing this one, what a fantastic shot! The colors are outstanding, and the contrast of old & new architecture and materials is simply amazing. It goes without saying that all of the comments received are certainly deserved. :) The inclusion of people helps give a strong sense of scale and liveliness to the setting. Always nice to see something new and captivating such as this, thanks for sharing the view. Have a terrific weekend.

All the best,


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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2013-04-13 0:23]

Hi John
The vertical framing suits the scene well and your POV exposes both styles of architecture in a pleasant, contrasting way.
Good light and colours too.

Oud en modern prachti in beeld gebracht, John !

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2013-04-13 3:04]

Hi John

It is a bold building or better church, totally different to what I know from my childhood. Sure is it must be a church, but the design is so modern. Excellent framing, adding walking by people adds life to the shot. Fine colour hues and high sharpness. Well done

Warm regards

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2013-04-13 6:51]

Hi John,

I fully understand that the modern building is controversial among all the old and beautiful buildnings. However, your excellent photo make it look a really great combination of old and new. I am sure that the impression of it is different when you are there. TFS and have a nice weekend!

Kind regards,


Hi John,
well framed,interesting contrast between thes etwo different architecture, good light management, the choice for a vertical presentation is ideal, tfs.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2013-04-13 8:36]

Hallo John!
I know this wonderful place without this strange architectural monster - and I loved it as it was. This "gadget" obviously shall be something like "provocative art" - for me it's a defacement of this square and I think that the city of Bruges really wasn't in need of this. Well, each to his own ...
In any case, your contribution is thought-provoking and interesting and I like the confrontation of the two buildings in your photo.
Greetings from at last springlike Siegen!
Have a nice, warm and sunny weekend!

Hello John,
Beautiful architectural contrast with splendid light and a nice blue sky. Well done!
Best regards.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2013-04-13 11:27]

Bonjour mon ami
Une intéressante comparaison entre le moderne et l'ancien.
J'apprécie cette belle luminosité ambiante qui me manque beaucoup en ce moment à cause de la pluie continuelle
Sincères amitiés

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2013-04-13 13:31]

Hello John,
You have presented two pieces of architecture in completely different styles. Both old and new ones look very interesting and attractive. It seems that the two buildings are in rather good harmony to each other. Excellent composition, good lighting, beautiful colors and very high quality of the picture!
Best regards,

Hello John. Buildings and people - a good combination. The juxtaposition of ancient and modern is well presented.
Rgds Wolfgang.

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9637)
  • [2013-04-13 22:27]

dear friend this is a very beautiful postcard from this very nice city of the flandres
very interested document with modern architecture in the foreground and the antick tower in the backgrund
fantastic colors and very impressive sky

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  • mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 7 N: 391] (1466)
  • [2013-04-14 10:28]

Hello John

I love the shapes of the buildings in the shot. That modern structure in front of the tower intriguing - I'd love to take photos of that with it's interesting shapes and textures. Well composed.



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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2013-04-15 21:16]

Dag John
The city hall in modern architecture style in wood seems to stand out like a sore thumb in front of the belfry. You used a good POV to have both the buildings in the frame. Good light & fine details you captured...the clarity in the shot is a delight!
Best Regards

Hello, dear John,
every your post is a small sensation on the TE. Another interesting work from Ghent. Perfect quality, attractive colors, fine details.
Greetings from Russia!

Hallo John,
unglaublich hoch, der Gockenturm (91m) und sehr breit.
Einfach wunderschön, wirklich sehr gute Arbeit, gratuliere!
Viele Grüße

it is a dynamic contrast between ancient
and modern,between old and new
dynamic contrast between all those
architectural details,your notes
are very useful
have a nice evening

Hi,I must say that I like the old and new here.The materials and colors harmonize well with the stone and the modern aspect is attractive.Fine well detailed image.Friendly regards,Wolf.

Hi John,

A pretty impressive composition of the Church with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Very nice perspective and good framing.Well done.TFS.


Hi John,

Wonderful photo - I love the Belfry - so many different textures here it is a very interesting & striking image... the colours are stunning against the cotton wool sky.


Kind regards,

heel fraai en mooi opgezet, goede foto, mooi dat oude en nieuwe bij elkaar, goede compositie.
gr. jaap

Hello, John
I love photos with a contrast in their theme, and the view of old and new structures is a perfect example of that. The towering belfry makes an excellent image by itself; it's a very striking piece of architecture. The "Sheep Stable" is also a very notable work of architecture, with its unique design and location. Putting them together in one photo was brilliant. My congratulations.
Thanks also for the excellent explanation about the buildings.
-- Bill

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3022] (20624)
  • [2013-04-22 16:41]

Goedemorgen John
This juxtaposition of the modern building to the historic bell tower, judiciously set off-center with strict verticals, is of greater interest because of the display of two noble construction materials that represent architectural techniques separated by many centuries!
Tot Ziens.

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  • bayno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1344 W: 297 N: 2538] (18348)
  • [2013-04-23 7:40]

Ciao John,
i like the scene, the very particular architecture, the light was also good with nice sky, perfect vertical cut and good sharp...
best regards,

Hi John,
very interesting contrast of old and modern architecture, they are both very interesting and your photo really encourages to visit Ghent. The blue sky nicely complements the picture.
Very well done,

Hello dear John,
I missed this wonderfull capture in your gallery.
Perfect capture shoving us a perfect combination of classic architecture with modern architecture !
TFS and best regards

Hi John,
the modern architecture of the City Hall have a strong graphical contrast with this gorgeous medieval belfry, while both elements stand out elegantly on the blue sky.
The vital atmosphere of people in the square adds a nice complement to your beautiful composition.
A good management of light and colors.
Friendly regards,

Bonjour mon cher ami John,
même si les époques se mélangent, elles le font avec beaucoup d'harmonie et le bois, matière si noble y est sans doute pour quelque chose.
Un excellent cadrage sans distorsion, une photo soignée sur tous les plans.

My friendly regards.


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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10510 W: 174 N: 17855] (79301)
  • [2013-05-10 2:56]


the contrast between the tower and the modern structure is impressive and I liked this angle you choose. excellent quality of image. sometimes this kind of contrast between new and old architecture isn't so good, some way the shapes of the modern structure matched well with the tower.



Hi John

Amazing combination of architecture. Great composition, another stunning shot from the master.


Hi John
I dont think the modern structures aesthetically blend in the environment. Photo wise, this looks luminous which i really appereciate in such brilliant light, vividness of colours and detail with lively people's interaction. The comp is spot on but I think the medieval tower outshines superbly there even though its rival appears to compete for equal attention. Great capture and TFS.
Kind regards

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  • sevy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2022 W: 320 N: 9] (58)
  • [2013-06-12 1:05]


I like the balanced composition of this shot inside the vertical frame with the communication between the wood element in foreground and the stone one in background.


Nice vertical view of that clock tower John,
Very good sharpness, excellent light and superb colors
Have a nice evening

Dear John
Very interesting and good text of the bell tower.
Nice view of modern and old architecture.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful architecture shown, time with people and lovely clouds.
Great job.
Best regards

Hello John,
great shot of this old architecture.. Like the composition and the great presentation.. Nice vertical frame.. Superb image quality and a friendly note.. Very well done..
wish you a Happy friendship day..
Warm regards,

Hi John.
A fantastic composition ..... but I like modern construction, I do not like to be made as close to old buildings and emblematic, is certainly remarkable effect .... but for me too ....
As for your work flawless as ever.
Nice day which gives a wide range of colors.
Sensational is light and good sharpness.
Enjoy the weekend.
All the best.

Hello John,

nicely framed Image. I like the perfectly straight lines of the church Tower and the very good light Situation.


Hello John!

To me, this foto demonstrates the depth of history, both backwards and forwards.

Well done!

Austin, Texas

Hi John,

you have captured very nice the contrasts of old and new. A great image with interesting details and very good picture quality.

An interesting picture, which raises the question of which is better, old or new? Anyway, in this case I find old much nicer than new.

Have a great weekend


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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2013-11-12 9:58]

WHAT'S THIS?!?!? I must say i found it a big lost for Ghnet!!
I like combinations of medern and old architecture but this one at my opinion doe not work. The square qas so beautiful with out it.
Bets regards

hi john. great photo showing today's ghent. good light and clarity. i like modern art or architecture when it is shown in its right place but when it tries to compete with the old original beauty, it becomes too ambitious and distracting, imho. that structure, somehow spoils the originality of the place.

namaste John,
those twin architectures are just beautiful and they are creating nice contrasting coexistence. Excellent image quality. Sharp detail and perfect light. Superb shot. Tfs.

Hi John dear
Zeer mooie foto van deze architectuur. Uitstekende scherpte en belichting. Diepgang en een goede compositie. Ik hou ervan. Thanks

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13704 W: 295 N: 27294] (109611)
  • [2014-10-12 11:37]

Hi John,
well chosen the vertical format with the modern construction to be almost the 'shade' of the old bell tower.Excellent the light and the colour management with the balance of the scene to be unique.Well done.


Hello John,

Your photography note was interesting and informative also, the picture was well combination of old and modern but its old architectural beauty as well as construction was excellent, shot it in a vertical format with great sharpness and warm color contrast, I like your presentation.

with deep regards,


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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-01-15 21:14]

Dear John,
The contrast is striking between the two buildings. The interest of the composition is apparent.A big thank you for sharing this special interest.

Hello John! Amaizng architecture. Wonderful people. Fine vertical take. Marvelous colours. Good work. Good frame. Interesting note. Regards!

Hello John,
That Sheep Stable is one interesting building. It is in such a contrast to the 600+ year old church building. Very nicely spotted, TFS.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 700 W: 129 N: 1121] (7483)
  • [2015-07-04 20:16]

Hello John
Contrasting structures under such a bright sky. Ancient and modern coexisting harmoniously. People gives scale of course, colors are sober and both subjects are interesting.

Thanks for sharing

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