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Apocalypse Now

 

Radio Kootwijk near Apeldoorn, Netherlands, was the key communication center

from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies in its shortwave-transmitter day.


Today it sits there like a ghost from the past!



Apocalypse Now

 

Radio Kootwijk near Apeldoorn, Netherlands, was the key communication center

from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies in its shortwave-transmitter day.


Today it sits there like a ghost from the past!



comments (53)

A very nice and very interesting picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Frances.
  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 26 Aug 2011, 01:53
...but surrounded by a lovely field of grasses and low shrubs, Ginnie, and they are sending a message...
Ginnie Hart: The wind whistled around that structure, Ray. I expected tumbleweeds to come flying by any second. smile Thanks.
What an awesome building! Terrific treatment for the poor abandoned thing. I thought of you and Astrid today as I was behind an RV from the Netherlands on my way to the Grand Canyon!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth. Don't you love what reminds us of each other! It happens all the time to us, too. How fun. smile
It is a dreary building that you have added much more dreariness to it with your treatment Ginnie..... believe it or not that was a complimentsmile....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Peter, for the compliment. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Aug 2011, 05:08
'Hallo Bandung, Hallo Bandung' That were the first words they spoke on the radio.
I had never been to the Radio Kootwijk building, it fitted well, us coming on the dirt road, the back way and saw this from far.
Fabulous picture,wonderful treatment, it does look like outer space.
http://roodnoot.blogspot.com/2009/02/radio-kootwijk-hku-film.html (a tour inside and outside, made by students)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for the video, MLMA. It sure looks different in the sun, doesn't it. It helped that it was such a gloomy day for us. smile Hartstikke bedankt!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2011, 05:44
Fantastic treatment Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kala!
It does have the feel of having ghosts there. It is an interested building, it catches the eye a little. Great capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We were there on an overcast day, Sue, which really added to the apocalyptic feel. It was quite eerie from afar. But up front, it was open for visiting...a museum....and seemed less ominous. Thank you kindly.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2011, 06:11
It's such a pity it can't be used for something else Ginnie: it looks far too good to be left to rot away
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Chris, it is a museum and can be visited for a fee. We went inside but didn't spend money for the tour. On a sunny day, she actually looks beautiful...even if still a bit ominous.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2011, 07:05
...and you have done justice with your processing to show off this fine structure. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, SAVO. Thank you!
This looks like a building that should be restored and put to good use. It has a bit of an Art Deco look to it but I'm no expert!
Ginnie Hart: It is actually in use as a museum today, Bill, though you can't tell by this image. And it definitely has an art deco look when you get to the front of the building. Good observation!
terrific photo, wonderful and really impressive presentation, good work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Fabrizio.
Wonderful Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2011, 08:58
It looks really interesting Ginnie - I would love to get inside an take some photos!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mike. It's actually much nicer and not as dilapidated as it appears here. They have preserved it as a museum with paid tours (which we didn't take this time). I can picture you having a heyday there, for sure.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 26 Aug 2011, 09:33
I like the treatment you have given this, which emphasises the qualities of this 'ghost from the past'. Fascinating.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ingrid. It really was ghostly when we saw it that overcast day!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 26 Aug 2011, 10:32
I love the design of that building Ginnie, I hope they don't demolish it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chad. It's been there since 1918, so I'm guessing they have no intention of demolishing it. Right now it's a museum with paid tours.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2011, 10:35
I love the big arched window, its a really lovely building and the texture works really good with it smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Linda. The minute I saw it, I pictured it like this in my mind's eye. smile
The processing really works Ginnie, I guess one day it will fall down unless it gets knocked down by some developers.
Ginnie Hart: It's still standing after almost 100 years, Brian, so that's encouraging. It's not in nearly as much disrepair as I have made it out to be, thankfully. smile
have you seen the TV series about it?
Ginnie Hart: No, I haven't, Chantal. Astrid tried Googling it and couldn't find anything. Hmmmmm.
Shortwave-Transmitters? Sounds like science fiction to me! What's next, the internet?

Very strong framing, I love the gritty feel to the photo. I think that place should be turned into a photographic museum of its era.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Actually, Nik, with the invention of the satelite, Radio Kootwijk began its demise! It's amazing how things like that are. Today it's a museum and you can take a tour of the place. It's being put to good use still!
wonderful tones and textures Ginnie...sad to see this great building go to seed...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pavan. Actually, I processeed it to look much worse than it actually is. The back is much worse than the front, which is maintained very well and is still used as a museum for tours to this day.
That texture works so well with the scene, great shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mark. When I saw this standing out there like this, I immedialtely imagined this apocalyptic view. smile
Nice image. What a great building, a bit like an old art deco radio set, bet it is interesting inside also.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. In today's image (Monday) I've drawn attention to the art-deco influence.
Obviously seen its best days, Ginnie - and the treatment emphasises that!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom. It actually looks pretty nice in real life, especially from the front of the building. You can still tour it today.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Aug 2011, 15:41
Excellent conversion. Soon, very soon - someone will find a use for it. Maybe you 2 can give it a paint job and move in?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, it still is being used to this day for tours, Louis, and a museum of sorts. It's much nicer in real life. grin
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 26 Aug 2011, 16:12
The distressed look is so in keeping with the subject and adds an addition dimension.

Good one Ginnie...and have a good weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, George. In reality, the front of this building looks pretty darn good, especially on a sunny day. smile
Yes indeed. Very apocalyptic Ginnie. Good work
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Janet.
  • Lara
  • India
  • 26 Aug 2011, 18:51
Interesting history
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Lara. Thanks.
A fine twiddle Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 26 Aug 2011, 22:39
wow wow woooowww... super texture! Bravo Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Oscar. Muchas gracias.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2011, 23:50
creepy indeed!!!
Ginnie Hart: Much worse here than in real life, Dennis, but this is what immediately came to mind when I first saw it out in the field. The front is much less creepy. smile Thanks.
This is awesome! It's like I was sent back in time smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Charles, and exactly. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 27 Aug 2011, 03:02
WEll presented Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage!
Wow! That is astounding. My favourite piece of the day.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Michael. You know how to make my day. smile Thank you.
How we all move on Ginnie..lovely reminder.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Ron. Thank you.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Aug 2011, 11:12
Ginnie goes Urbex smile
A great shot of this piece of history and a nice processing that fits the decay.
Have a great weekend!
Ginnie Hart: HA. Thanks, Fokko. If you've seen this place, you know it looks much better in reality. In fact, the front of the building is classic art-deco architecture!
Very interesting texture in this one, you know when and how to use them, in my opinion smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Aksel. Thank you!
It looks like a beautifully designed building. I'm glad to read that it has not been abandoned, and is now a musuem, open for the public to enjoy.

I like your treatment, now if you borrowed a blue sky from Chris (Tiff) you could make it look fabulous.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sheila, and yes, I'm glad it's still in use to this day, even if only as a museum. When we see Chris this coming weekend, I'll ask if I can borrow some of his blue skies. smile
  • Kalyan
  • India
  • 27 Aug 2011, 14:57
simply beautifully captured shot....lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kalyan, for stopping by and commenting.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Aug 2011, 16:48
I love the texturing it makes the place look rather eerie.
Ginnie Hart: That's exactly how I saw this building that day, Cherry, when we happened upon it from the back side. Thanks.
Your image captures the haunting atmosphere of this abandoned setting. We have been in Ohio again these past two weeks, and saw lots of vacant and forlorn places like this. Alas, the Rust Belt continues to rust.
Ginnie Hart: The good news, Doug, is that this building looks pretty good in real life and is still in use as a museum. But when we first saw it from the back side on a dreary day, this was how I imagined it! Thanks.
Great processing on this, Ginnie. Give a bit of a nostalgic feel.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jimi.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2011, 03:02
wow.. this looks like a great subject for urban decay photography.. you tried going in it? grin
Ginnie Hart: |Actually, Rian, we did go inside because it's a museum and you can take tours of the building. It looks much nicer than this in real life. smile
Una preciosa foto con una edición genial.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernardo. Gracias.
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 28 Aug 2011, 08:58
Very cool!I love textures in b/w.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Luiz. smile
Excellent treatment & presentation, Ginnie. I'm really taken by that gigantic arched window. It must provide good interior lighting when the day is bright.
Ginnie Hart: We could have taken the tour, Beverly, but were too cheap for the €7.50 each. Maybe one day we will decide it's worth it. But it's much nicer in real life than what you see here, of course. smile Thanks.
Like some post-apocalyptic relic!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, JP. That's how I saw it in my minds eye when we first came upon it!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2011, 19:01
WOW! Your processing really does give it an apocalyptic effect. What an interesting old building!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. In reality, the front of the building looks wonderful, even on an overcast day! But when we saw it first from behind, I immediately saw the apocalyptic feel.
nice surreal effect!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Joshi. That's exactly how it felt when we came upon it from behind that overcast day.
Processing is excellent--makes the sky radio active.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Larry.
It has the feel of the abandoned blimp bases that dot our landscapes here and there.

You know, as late as the 1970s, when I was in Liberia, our communication to the States required a HAM operator and someone willing to put through a phone patch. We didn't have such a grand building, though.
Ginnie Hart: It really is amazing how we did things like communicate in our day, Linda, right?! This building really surprised us because it was sitting out in the middle of nowhere...something I have never seen before or since here in the Netherlands. Maybe that's why I immediately thought of the Apocalypse!

As always, thanks for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful comment!
Great image Ginnie, shame such an interesting building is in retirement
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pamela. Actually, the building is still used as a museum, so it's not all a waste!
  • Marie
  • France
  • 4 Sep 2011, 12:04
superbe travail, avec ce très bel ajout de textures.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Marie. Merci.
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 7 Sep 2011, 16:05
Like an old postcard, the treatment's very well done !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aurore. Merci.

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