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Mayor of Amsterdam

Mayor of Amsterdam
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Copyright: Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4943 W: 320 N: 8497] (33444)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-06
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Decisive Moment
Camera: Sony ILCE6300, sony 18-200mm - sel18200
Exposure: f/0.9, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-06-12 6:51
Viewed: 757
Points: 50
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Mayor of Amsterdam

On 5 October 2017 the immensely popular mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhart van der Laan, passed away.
17 days earlier he said farewell to his beloved city and its inhabitants with a letter entitled "Dear Amsterdammers".
He wrote:
“It was a great privilege to be mayor of the most beautiful and sweetest city in the world. I thank you for the trust you have given me, for your involvement and for all the support and contradiction I have received from you over the past seven years.
Take good care of our city and for each other.”

During my last visit, a week ago, to the former NDSM shipyard last week, I photographed this striking tribute for the former mayor.
A beautifully painted double portrait, en profile and en face combined in one excellent composition.

■ Main picture: ◙ Mayor of Amsterdam
■ Workshop 1: ◙ Close Up
■ Workshop 2: ◙ Overall Scene

“Artist duo Telmo Miel has completed an ode to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan at the NDSM shipyard.
The artwork was commissioned by Street.Art Today, the street art platform that opens a museum next year at the NDSM shipyard.
"We were enormously impressed by the news that the mayor resigns," says curator Peter Ernst Coolen. Soon the idea came for an tribute for Van der Laan. "And coincidentally we are good at street art."
Last year around this time he was still at Van der Laan's home. "We were invited to a reception because we had placed an artwork of Anne Frank, and we got to know him as a very nice man and mayor."
Telmo Miel, an artist duo that also creates art for the museum to be opened at the NDSM shipyard, was immediately enthusiastic about the idea of Street.Art Today.
"It is a tribute to the most fantastic mayor the city has ever known."
(source: Het Parool, 30 september 2017)

Make: SONY-ILCE-6300
Software: PaintShop Pro 20,00
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
F-Stop: f/11.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 42 mm
Date Taken: 2018-06-06 13:08
Metering Mode: Pattern

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Ciao Rob, lovely composition with walking woman, beautiful graffiti and great portrait, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14518 W: 0 N: 16410] (176325)
  • [2018-06-12 7:29]


quel double portrait et vue quelle dame et ces lunettes et ce menton quei de déformrme quel effet et iamge sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14886 W: 1055 N: 30603] (143247)
  • [2018-06-12 8:31]

Hello Rob

It's good that the younger generation still remember him and deem him worthy of commemorating through street art. Excellent sharpness, color, and saturation. The woman walking by adds scale. I like the stark contrast between the ho hum tagging at the bottom and the more refined and creative portrait(s) at the top. Tfs!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12324 W: 126 N: 22230] (113175)
  • [2018-06-12 8:35]

Hi Rob,very curious and modern way to celebrate the dead mayor of dutch capital. A double portrait from 2 points of view mixed in an unique painting. Artistic work,no dubta,a very different way to celebrate politic men,i seen a big mausoleum in the last week dedicated to the 1st uzbek president dead too in 2017. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepe fotografije i secanje.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lep dan, sve najbolje.

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

Hello Rob,
This must have been quite a special mayor, to be honored with such a monument. I would have expected to find a brilliant portrait like this in an establishment museum like the Stedelijk. Was it placed at this old shipyard as a tribute to his tolerance for graffiti and informal public art in the city? Was there even an intention that the space under the portrait would be left to the activists at the NDSM to fill with the usual tags?
Whatever the reason for the portrait and its location this is a very enjoyable set of three photos.
Kind regards,

Hello Rob,

I am impressed that this mayor was so respected by the people of Amsterdam, that a memorial has been erected so rapidly. It is a very attractive portrait, so modern in its interpretation but, maybe, symbolising the fact that the mayor, Eberhart van der Laan, looked at the city and its problems from more than one angle.

I like the fact that it is so much part of the city, not squirrelled away in some building, where only a section of the population would see it.
I am, however, surprised at the graffiti underneath the portrait. I'm not sure of its meaning but, somehow, it seems a little disrespectful.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10365 W: 161 N: 17205] (131115)
  • [2018-06-12 12:09]

Witaj Rob!
An interesting way to remember about the mayor of Amsterdam.
Picture makes impression.
Good colors, sharpness and light.
Excellent presentation.
Good work.
Good evening.

ciao Rob,
I am moved and bewildered by the relationship that Amsterdaam has with its mayor, in Italy politicians are barely tolerated, in our plurisecolarescicism, even the art and architecture in Italy for 200 years are skeptical, you can find refined architecture but always timid, or shameless, as only criminals can be,
ciao, Giacomo

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9757 W: 57 N: 16694] (61732)
  • [2018-06-12 13:10]

Hallo Rob,
Het zou me niet verbazen als ze nog eens besluiten dit kunstwerk ook op de muren van de Stopera te schilderen als eerbetoon aan de vroegere burgemeester. Het is nog maar de vraag of zijn opvolger ook zo'n status krijgt, vermoedelijk in ieder geval niet als het onverhoopt Oudkerk aan de Amstel wordt. Het contrast met de graffiti onderaan is ook erg mooi.

Ciao Rob
non so chi ha chiesto di fare questo doppio ritratto del sindaco, ma è stato un giusto omaggio a una persona che ha amato la sua città.
Molto belle le tue foto, questa è veramente fantastica.

Hi Rob,

The tight frame is putting the artwork in evidence. The point of view is showing the details of the portrait of the mayor and of the graffiti. The sharpness is very good. Have a nice day.


Bonjour, cher Rob,
D'habitude, c'est la ville qui dédicace un hommage à l'édile, ici, c'est Madame la Maire qui remercie ses administrés, voilà une formule originale.
Quant à la présentation, elle est vraiment très originale.

Hello dear Rob and have a nice time
and a happy new day
I red carefully your useful notes about the popular mayor of Amsterdam Eberhart van der Laan passed awat
great work its good that the younger generation
still remeber of him

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25087 W: 520 N: 42358] (181452)
  • [2018-06-13 10:09]

Dag Rob,

Ik volg minder de Nederlandse politiek dan 20 jaar geleden maar had wel gehoord van de Burgemeester dat hij geliefd was ebn was overladen.
Deze van Rotterdan haal in België regelmatig de pers, als Marokaan voor zijn uitspraken, tegen mensen die niet de taal willen leren.
Mooi dat u een ode bracht aan iemand die politiek zijn naam waardig is.
Mooi gedaan, bedankt.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10773 W: 146 N: 27120] (129847)
  • [2018-06-14 0:28]

Hello Rob, Fantastic that this Mayor of Amsterdam loved the city and the people loved him. Wonderful tribute. How strange is this portrait - profile and en face in one. Picasso made something like this :). And under this masterpiece the ugly scrawls on the wall. Excellent composition.

Kind regards MAlgo

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2763 W: 1361 N: 3180] (40161)
  • [2018-06-15 4:35]

Hi Rob

It's a portrait which looks as a Picasso painting,we can see at te same time his face and profile.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-17 4:46]

Hello Rob,
nice your contribution to the passed away mayor of Amsterdam with his portrait to decorates a part of Amsterdam.The two WS bring us more close to this popular mayor of Amsterdam.


Dear Rob,

What should I say? Its a nice observation and an good realization.

Best Wishes,

Hi Rob
good to see your shots again, i'm back from my 2 week holiday in Croatia :)

Glad to see the WS photo so we can see this tribute in a further out composition, we get a better sense of it that way.
nice to see the close up as well.

I doubt there will ever be a tribute to our Vancouver mayor! but thats a story for a different day haha

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3684 W: 0 N: 8616] (60509)
  • [2018-06-22 8:02]

think it is a great idea to show such a beautiful double portrait, a very nice tribute to the mayor of the city, very nice series of three photos, my compliments Ryszard

Hello Rob,
This is an interesting juxtaposition of elements. Of course the mural of the mayor jumps out right away, but it also blends well with the colorful graffiti and the woman walking by. Even the random piece of furniture seems to have its place in this composition. Your chosen crop works very well.

Hello Rob, you chose the right shot for your main post, although the other shots complement this one perfectly.
He sounds like a wonderful man from what I can discern in your notes.
This wonderful piece of art seems a little out of place in the surroundings that you show, am I missing something?
Always thought provoking, an excellent post.
Regards Jean.

Dat was dan ook een burgemeester ! !

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10495 W: 174 N: 18817] (83639)
  • [2018-10-27 12:22]


a curious mural with the double face of the mayor and the daily life running in the lower part of the compo. it is rare a politician have a so big love from people.
the last one many brazilians loved is in a jail, and he isn't innocent...
take care


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