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photoblog image The Umbrellas of Den Bosch

The Umbrellas of Den Bosch

 

Plywood cut-outs stand waiting for the bus (or the New Year?) at a busy intersection.

Cars zoom past as though there's nothing out of the ordinary.

 

Seen on the St. Janssingel in Den Bosch, Holland, on a very cold day.

 


The Umbrellas of Den Bosch

 

Plywood cut-outs stand waiting for the bus (or the New Year?) at a busy intersection.

Cars zoom past as though there's nothing out of the ordinary.

 

Seen on the St. Janssingel in Den Bosch, Holland, on a very cold day.

 


comments (53)

  • rian
  • United States
  • 29 Dec 2010, 01:11
must be eerie seeing this while driving at night.. smile nicely captured.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Night and day, Rian, but especially at night, you're right. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Dec 2010, 05:01
http://www.bossche-encyclopedie.nl/Overig/Beelden/Abri.htm
I am sorry this is not in English, but you will be able to read it.
It is a bus-stop....and when it rains you can sit or stand underneath the umbrella's.
You captured this wonderfully and we will see it again on Saturday.....
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, thanks for finding that link, MLMA. I searched like the dickens and only found where it was located. It's cool that you can stand under the umbrellas when it rains. HA! That would be fun to see. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
Hi Ginnie... What a cool shot with the textures. I'd stand under the umbrellas. Also, I enjoy your pix every day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Jacquelyn, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 29 Dec 2010, 06:09
Good job Girl....i like it....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 29 Dec 2010, 06:33
Never seen this icon of Den Bosch
Ginnie Hart: It was very fun to come upon it, Chantal, standing out there in the midst of all the busyness.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Dec 2010, 07:16
An excellent and bizarre image Ginnie: well spotted!
Ginnie Hart: Stuff like that tickles me to no end, Chris. smile Thanks.
But then: if they don't care about people, why would they care about some plywood cut-outs? (Sorry :$)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, you do have a point, Pekka. smile
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 29 Dec 2010, 07:51
Wow, Ginnie, this is outstanding: out in the rain smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Grapf. And there had already been a bit of snow earlier in the day, 27 November.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Dec 2010, 07:57
Well I'm blowed; never heard of such a thing before. Your treatment and viewpoint giv e no clue that they are plywood.
Ginnie Hart: I love strange things like this, Alan. The thing is, I almost missed them as we walked hurriedly by because of the traffic. Thank you.
I think you have given them a (not sure how I can say this right in English) a human body the way you have captured them...they are not longer just two dimensional....
Ginnie Hart: This is a grouping you definitely take a double-look at, Aksel, because you feel they really ARE human. Thanks for putting it that way.
More interesting than our bus sheltersgrin
Ginnie Hart: I would reckon so, Bill. grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Dec 2010, 09:02
They could be place holders smile Great idea and picture.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe, Louis! smile Thanks.
wow! it is a very rainy place!! nice photo!
Ginnie Hart: Every minute of every day for this group, for sure. smile Grazie, Fabrizio.
Someone had a great sense of fun making these Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Chad! smile
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 29 Dec 2010, 09:27
Great shot! I love your treatment. It looks like a modern painting, but with real cars in the back.
I like these statues too.
OT: I think the souvenir has to come from Texel.
Have a nice day!
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Fokkio. Someone sure had fun thinking it up. smile And I'm sure you're right about the sheep souvenir...from Texel for sure. Thanks.
A lovely mood and tone here Ginnie..I love that light skimming off the top of that umbrella...wonderful!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pavan. The dreary day was waning in the west but still gave this sweet gift.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Dec 2010, 09:54
A very poignant study of waiting, your photograph really enhances the bleakness.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mike. The dreary day was waning in the west but still gave this sweet gift.
Is this a permanent installation? I like it very much.
Ginnie Hart: I honestly don't know, Mary. We will be in Den Bosch on Saturday and will ask our friends. Thanks.
Very nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Navin.
Cut outs? Who would have guessed!!! Great shot, I particularly like the little lady on the right. The hat and purse remind me of Mary Poppins.

I am a it ashamed to ask, but Ginnie, could you please tell me what MLMA stands for?? I have been trying to make some sense out of it, but I can't
Ginnie Hart: One reason why I didn't make this a total silhouette, Marion, was precisely because of that purse...and the man holding the umbrella shaft. Thanks for noticing. smile

MLMA? smile Now you have me blushing. It's a term of endearment = Mijn Liefste Mijn Amazone. I have called Astrid mijn Amazone since almost Day 1. She's a real powerhouse to/for me. Obviously there's no way you would have known without my telling you. smile
that would scare the crap outta me hahaha neat shot my friend... and you think living in that thing would be cozy? that's what i thought at first, but now i'm a little scared lol
Ginnie Hart: It did make me turn my head, Elaine, but it's not really scary...except maybe at night if you thought they were real! Don't be frightened! grin
I love this! Love the faceless cutouts under their umbrellas and the warm colours.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JP. It sure was fun to happen upon it at the end of our day. smile
What a novel idea, it all becomes clear with Astrids link.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Brian. Thanks for looking.
Clever Stuff - this type of art appeals to me much more than piles of bricks or pickled cows
Ginnie Hart: HA! I totally agree, Martin. Thanks a million.
  • Frida
  • Germany
  • 29 Dec 2010, 12:07
Well sometimes it's much easier without an umbrella. But I would definitely stand under one if I could smile Really nice texture work Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Especially in windy Holland, Frida, where umbrellas are easily destroyed! We'll be in Den Bosch on Saturday. If I think of it, I'll stand under one of these umbrellas. smile Thanks.
"It's raining again..." (Supertramp)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Easy to say in Holland, Wim. grin
Thanks Ginnie, for explaining. How very special, and what a lovely term of endearment!!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Marion. Don't you love the things we find out when we just ask! grin
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 29 Dec 2010, 13:27
Superb and originale composition. Great day Ginne.
Ginnie Hart: Thank youj kindly, Antoine. Merci.
Hello again!
I'm back.
Did you have a fantastic Christmas, Ginnie?
Mine was great.
I went to the Cotswolds. It was so magical because everything was covered in snow.

The silhouette in this photo is so intriguing!
The one on the right reminded me of the Queen in her hat, with her handbag! Ha ha... smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, thank you, LC. I always love knowing you're back. smile And yes, HAHA at the lady with her handbag. grin
No wonder people pass by - they look so realistic. I though for a moment that you were in competition with Richard Trim. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! No one can compete with Trim, Sheila. smile But these characters sure do look real, you're right.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 29 Dec 2010, 17:15
What a fun installation. True, a bit eerie at night too when you're driving by.

Happy New Year,.
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Maria. smile Thanks.
  • Ken
  • United States
  • 29 Dec 2010, 18:14
I love how ones image can lead to more information and a whole discussion on Art. Happy New Year, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Ken. Thanks. smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 29 Dec 2010, 19:58
amazing silhouettes
Ginnie Hart: They're fun, Oscar. Gracias.
wow...I thought they were real till I read your description!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Heather. They're awesome. smile
I seem to remember a 60's film called the Umbrellas of Cherburg,Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. I recall that I saw it at my schools Film Club as it was considered educational. This brings it all back, the film was as two dimensional as these people. Nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: To be honest, Les, my title comes from that movie. smile I'm glad someone remembered it. Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Dec 2010, 22:57
How fascinating, I have never seen anything like it before. I love the textures you have used.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Cherie. Not something you see just anywhere! Thanks.
I'm not surprised the cars zoom by - from this view, you'd never guess!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tom. smile
had me fooled too
Ginnie Hart: You can always fool some of the people some of the time, Derek. smile
Unusual and well composed, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to see, Graeme. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 30 Dec 2010, 02:57
I thought they were real people. The umbrellas are real though? Umbrellas make such a wonderful element in an image.
Ginnie Hart: We'll be back in Den Bosch on Saturday, Sherri, and maybe I'll have a chance to look at this grouping more carefully. It does look like the umbrellas are real but I don't know for sure. In Holland, with all the wind, they'd be turned inside-out by now, I'm afraid.
I love the way they look like part of life. We are alljust cut-outs, I guess.
Ginnie Hart: That's a good way of putting it, Michael! Thanks.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 30 Dec 2010, 06:09
Fabulous silhouettes Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Kala. smile
  • Paule
  • US
  • 30 Dec 2010, 06:24
I really like this shot. It looks like a painting. You always seem to capture quiet moments caught in time.

Paule
www.paulepictures.com
www.paulepictures.com/blog
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely a quiet moment for them, Paule, but not for the cars passing by. I guess that makes for a good lesson in life: remain calm, cool and collected no matter what's happening around you! smile Thanks.
A stunning picture Ginnie. Makes me think of Mary Poppins!
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Richard. grin Merci.
A nice find Ginnie and twiddle.
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Mick. This was fun. smile
Oooooooooh, what a Splendor ! A renewed Magritte painting, such a beauty, i'm speechless, girl !
Ginnie Hart: You always make me smile, Karine. smile Merci.
This is utterly delightful, Ginnie. Love the whimsical feel you've given it. I'm especially smitten by the couple on the right.
Ginnie Hart: It sure makes up for a lot of the bad in the world, Beverly, doesn't it. smile Thanks.
really eerie shot, Ginnie. I like it! I stared at it for a while until I read your description, trying to figure out what you had done to those poor people...lol
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't you love the creativity of people who come up with such things, Charles! Thank you.
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Best wishes from London!
Ginnie Hart: THANK YOU, LC. And the same to you!
  • tede
  • France
  • 30 Dec 2010, 16:50
These characters seem to be real, magnificent and splendid shooting processing. Ginnie good day.
Ginnie Hart: They definitely seem real when you first come upon them, Tede! Thank you...and Happy New Year.
Well why not? Here in the US many states park police cars and put dummy cops inside them to deter speeders. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Larry. Good point. smile
This group of figures would certainly make me stop and stare, and then get my camera out!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ellie. smile Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Jan 2011, 09:04
Hmmm! Perhaps it is nothing out of the ordinary, Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: For most people there I'm sure you're right, Ray!

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