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Street Cleaners

First of all, the street cleaner...i.e. the mechanized one...is the one in the back, mostly out of the frame.  But the REAL street cleaners are the guys that prepare the way, utilizing this water "cab," for lack of a better word. 

I've never seen this done anywhere else (well, not in Germany or America, that is).  The guys go along the sidewalks and in-between parked cars/bikes to lightly pressure-spray all the debris onto the road.  The big monster then comes and gobbles it all up!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Street Cleaners

First of all, the street cleaner...i.e. the mechanized one...is the one in the back, mostly out of the frame.  But the REAL street cleaners are the guys that prepare the way, utilizing this water "cab," for lack of a better word. 

I've never seen this done anywhere else (well, not in Germany or America, that is).  The guys go along the sidewalks and in-between parked cars/bikes to lightly pressure-spray all the debris onto the road.  The big monster then comes and gobbles it all up!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (28)

Interesting method. I don't think I have seen anything like it before. The Japanese should check this out. It beats doing it with a bucket and a broom smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! How true! Thanks, Martin.
This just goes to show that you can make a great photo out of everyday scenes! Good one!
Ginnie Hart: Everyday scenes are sometimes very unusual for those of us from other places around the globe! Thanks, PB!
  • Kay
  • 13 Jul 2007, 02:39
It's like a huge vacuum cleaner, Ginnie! Great shot! So thankful you find the most interesting things to take pictures of when out and about. Awesome selective coloring, I say!

Enjoy your day!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, as always, Kay. You're one of my best Fan Club members. smile
Hii Ginnie,
It's the modern way to clean up the street wink Me too, I've never seen this before, thanks for show it.. I agree with Hick, the orange colour it's very identic with the cleaning services hehe... jst kddng wink
Ginnie Hart: The color orange is Holland's national color, Dudee, as I just told Hick. It was fun to make the connection. smile
Ginnie, I like this photo. I love the black and white. I, um, just don't think the S-C is of any benefit here. But I'm sure I'm in the minority. wink
Ginnie Hart: It's okay to be in the minority and to voice your opinion, Karen, which I always value. Please don't stop.

In this particular case, I was very tickled that the color of their pants is also Holland's national color, so I just had to emphasize it. smile
Love yr style granny....:d
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nacha. smile
  • alex
  • 13 Jul 2007, 06:13
seems like a much better idea than the large gas-guzzling dust blower trucks with rotating brushes underneath them that we have here in the States. cool colors!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Alex, that IS the truck in the back. At least THAT part was similar to what I'm used to in the States, yes.
Nice shot !!! It's a real good method of street cleaning that have over there .
Ginnie Hart: HA! So it's not unique to Holland! Thanks, Shakara.
Men In Orange !! And as usual Ginnie I really like the sense of your work when you manage for partial desaturation. Clever ! smile
I'll be away for 3 weeks (on holidays) and I'll visit you at my return. Take care Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, Flo. Yup, I had to emphasize Holland's national color. Glad you like it.

Hope you have a GREAT holiday! Try to enjoy it to the hilt! And we'll see you when you come back.
And you have further enhanced my love for selective coloring Ginnie. This is bringing out art in something so ordinary...I wouldn't have even brought out my camera here. Very very nice
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Ngozi. Thank you.
great color processing
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal. Your color, right?! smile
Great use og color selection Ginnie
Nice touch with the little lamp on top of that thing with weels smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You noticed. Thanks, Magnus. smile
  • mal
  • 13 Jul 2007, 12:53
and they dont care who the flippin well hit with the hoses as they go along! lol love the treatment of the image Ginnie. mal
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know you're right, Mal, so I stay the heck away from them! grin Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Jul 2007, 14:07
You now prefer orange - they will make a proper dutchy out of you yet. Have seen variations on the cleaning method in various cities but not with the prep 'team'.

Great picture and like the treatment.
Ginnie Hart: HA! A proper dutchy indeed, Louis. And proudly so. smile
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 13 Jul 2007, 14:15
Great use of selective color! Those guys need to hit my street!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Clarence. They're definitely one powerful "machine!" smile
those orange pants have never seemed so stylish... grin...
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You're right, Sam. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 13 Jul 2007, 15:20
This method cleverly solves the problem of clearing rubbish on the pavement (sidewalk) and between (and under?) parked cars.

That they are prepared to go to these lengths is a sign of a country that takes pride in its appearance and cleanliness, a trait that is sadly lacking in our country.
Ginnie Hart: It sure seemed clever to me, Colin, proving there's more than one way to skin a cat! smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 13 Jul 2007, 15:51
wonderful colour treatment and clever to bring out the association of country and colour.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Neal. I had fun with that. smile
Again, I love the selective colouring here, and you have chosen the perfect bits to colour. Nice work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: They just happened to be the only bits in orange, Fehinti. grin Thanks for your support.
  • Monika
  • Londres
  • 13 Jul 2007, 16:26
Working men in orange - i like it! wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think we all do, Monika. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 13 Jul 2007, 17:56
I know the Parisian street cleaners have a little vehicle, but I don't think it works in tandem like this. But maybe!
Ginnie Hart: Hmm. I bet someone from France can tell us, but where are they when we need them! Maybe Zeb will know!
Hi Ginnie... It's an original treatement of the subjust, just by a lonely color over B&W. Very good idea !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roland. Thanks. smile
This is great Ginnie...the SC works perfectly here in my opinion. Have a lovely weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your support, Bridge. You know I'm gonna use it when I get the bug! grin
great shot what a fantastic way of cleaning the streets. Have a great weekend Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Tracy. You, too.
Hi Ginnie. I know they wash the streets in Paris early in the morning, but never seen it in Amsterdam. Again your selective colouring works a treat(the light on the vehicle is a nice touch). Are you doing the rainbow? ;o) Mike
Ginnie Hart: HA! The rainbow is an idea! Green, red, orange...hmmm. grin
Dont think it would work in london. As with everything else the streets are to narrow, small and parked. Wicked shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: But the streets are very narrow in Amsterdam, Busola, and full of bikes and parked cars. This particular pic was on a street much wider than most. So maybe it WOULD work in London?!
Nice, very nice. A great specialist in finding the color suitable!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jose. smile
Like very much your composition and your work on colors here !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, as always, Zeb. Thanks for your ongoing support. smile

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