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Artistic Freehaven

Artistic Freehaven
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Copyright: Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4939 W: 320 N: 8482] (33390)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-06-19
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Event
Camera: Sony ILCE6300, sony 18-200mm - sel18200
Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-05-23 3:00
Viewed: 637
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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Artistic Free-haven

The former NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam-North is not only an excellent practice location for upcoming graffiti artists, but also many professional artists have set up their studios on the old yard.
A number of internationally known wall-painters have also found a place to work here.
Today three photographs that give a first impression of the extensive possibilities that have arisen here. In the coming presentations I will give even more impressions of this free haven for modern (street) art.
►In main picture you can see a mural that is almost finished.
►The first workshop shows one of the big halls. At the top-right are a number of designs for murals installed. In my next post I will show a closer view of them. On the left you can see the cabins in which a number of professional artists have established their studios.
►In the second workshop a lady shows us two long corridors where in the left photo we can also see the graffiti-containers from the previous post.

■ Main picture: ◙ Almost Ready
■ Workshop 1: ◙ Artistic Free-haven
■ Workshop 2: ◙ Coming and Going

Make: SONY-ILCE-6300
Software: PaintShop Pro 20,00
Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2017-06-19 11:21
Metering Mode: Pattern

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This works with the browsers and screens I use, but I’m not sure that everybody will have the same result.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12316 W: 126 N: 22223] (113151)
  • [2018-05-23 3:20]

Hi Rob,in effect this place seems a top class exhibition of graffitis,not only common people but expert artists as i can read in your note. Great diagonal showing this terrific artwork in the best way and 2 excellent looks inside with the special guest walking..ehhee....well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Colorful painted board ready for the display, Rob, stunning mixed with joli tones.
The two WS's show well the hangar specially prepared for graffiti-painter's exhibition.
A fine three posts, convey well the ambians around, bravo.

Hello Rob,
Wonderfull and quite mastery graffiti, taken with good pov and perfect light management, good sahrpness and eyecatching effect.
Interesting and usefull notes makes it a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards

Hello, Rob!

Another beautiful graffiti you show us here, a lot abstract and with beautiful strong colors that make the composition much more attractive! Wonderful job!

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-05-23 4:34]

Hi Rob

I like the combination profile and frontal views overlapping. The trestle at right indicates perhaps some finishing touches are in order. Good colour, saturation and sharpness. Tfs!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-05-23 4:34]


fantastique vue quels yeux trois yeus quelle couleur et dessin ces rayons de couleurs qui ressortent d'un des yeux du feu dans l'image quelle image et cpatage quelle vue sueprbe compo.
Bravo t amitié

Hi Rob,

The paintings are impressive. The point of view is showing the detailsof the modern paintings. The light is bring out the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.


Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazana galerija i grafiti, dobar kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepi grafiti i detalji lepih boja.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photos in the workshop, beautifully shown gallery and graffiti, good contrast, nice colors.
Beautiful graffiti and details of beautiful colors.
Good text about the used technique and the elements of the image.
I wish you a beautiful and successful day, all the best.

Hello Rob,
I ma not sure what to make of this mural but the artist certainly does not lack imagination and there is evident skill in the paintwork. Beautifully photographed with excellent vivid colours and superb clarity.

Bonjour Rob,

J'aime beaucoup cette photo. Il faut dire que la murale est colorée à souhaits et que le sujet peu faire un petit peu peur. La ligne de fuite est agréable.



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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-05-23 6:32]

Witaj Rob!
A very interesting picture.
Good frame and perspective.
Colors make impression.
Excellent presentation.
Well done.
Have a nice afternoon.

Ciao Rob, fantastic murale, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-05-23 7:29]

Hallo Rob,
Zo'n enorme hal is uiterst geschikt voor dit soort grote kunstwerken. Het werk is hier blijkbaar nog in uitvoering gezien de steiger, maar het is niettemin al een behoorlijk kleurrijk werk.

Hi Rob
This bold artwork-mural grabs the eye and much to look with its deep colours, contrast and content. An enjoyable work which you've captured in great detail. Congrats
Best regards

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  • cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1441 W: 76 N: 1338] (11941)
  • [2018-05-23 12:25]

Wonderful composition of colors you framed.The clarity and lights very well managed. Well done.!!

Hello dear Rob and have a nice tie
and a happy new day
the message here is add colors to your life
great diagonal showing this terrific
artwork welldone

Olá Rob,
interessante captura desse colorido e feométrico grafite. As cores ficaram bem nítidas. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Bonjour, cher ami Rob,
La peinture en grand (cela s'est fait il y a des siècles), mais jamais (et pour cause) de cette façon.
Félicitations pour vos mises en image et en explication de texte.
Toujours une réussite appréciée.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-05-24 0:11]

Hello Rob, It really looks like as an artist's heaven. So much place, good light, splendid idea to use the old industrial buildings. nice view of this big paint almost ready, so colourful. Nice also Workshop pictures giving us a better idea of this place.

have a nice day'


Hi Rob,
Wonderful place with all these big and colourful paintings. You had good opportunity to see this place with a lot of unfinished work going on. My favourite is WS 1. Open space is well presented and paintings hanging high is interesting, not the way they are presented in normal galleries.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
  • [2018-05-24 4:37]

Dag Rob,

We krijgen meer en meer goede graffiti.
Onze dagelijkse kunstenaars worden meer creatief en schuiven af naar de realiteit.
Uw beide WS foto's zijn zelf mooi en goed verzorgt.
Kleuren zijn aangenaam, bedankt.

Groeten uit Vlaandenren met 21°C ,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3679 W: 0 N: 8609] (60441)
  • [2018-05-24 21:18]

Graffiti is the art of the 21st century, not idyllic pictures, not huge battle paintings, but just graffiti, abstract, colorful and eye-catching, very well captured
regards Ryszard

Hello Rob,
This is a much more advanced place for upcoming graffiti artists than the legal walls in Stockholm. I suppose nobody needs to se her/his painting destroyed by others within two days. There seems to be some talent here, but the photos are most of all interesting for showing what can be done where there is a will and resources are available. I can't help thinking of the old studios where dozens of talented disciples learned the craft from watching and assisting the great master.
Kind regards,

Hello Rob,
Nice view, showing us both this colorful artwork, and also some of the shipyard. This is an interesting painting, although not quite my style. :-) Even though there is a bright window nearby, you handled the exposure perfectly.

Hi Rob
I'm very jealous and happy for you guys that you're going to the Faroe Islands, I've never done that. Hopefully the weather will co-operate

are you renting a car and driving around Iceland? is it a tour? are you staying on the main roads or doing what I did and get totally lost in far off places off the map haha

I've enjoyed all your shots at this shipyard location, its a great idea. It keeps them off the streets I guess, for now anyways. cheers

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