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Remains of the Day 1/2

 

One of the trash bins missed by our New Year's Eve lock-down.

Gorinchem, Netherlands

 

Remains of the Day 1/2

 

One of the trash bins missed by our New Year's Eve lock-down.

Gorinchem, Netherlands

 

comments (37)

It looks like a little war zone. What? Firecrackers placed inside? That's what it would be here.

At least the benches weren't damaged. And I do think the black and white is perfect for this.
Ginnie Hart: It's too bad it has to be done, Linda...everything that can have firecrackers tossed inside has to be boarded up or locked down. The Dutch allow the use of personal (and commercial, of course) fireworks on New Year's Eve. For the cost of clean-up, let alone loss of life and limb, you'd think they'd be outlawed!

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and commenting again!
Well, glad to see America isn't the only place where vandalism is a sport to be enjoyed whenever the authorities aren't paying attention! I like that you processed it in B&W - lends to the "dirtiness" of it! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth. I can only imagine what things would look like if America allowed personal fireworks on New Year's Eve!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2012, 06:11
Ooops!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly. Astrid had told me about the lock-down every year but this was the first time I saw why!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2012, 06:25
Looks like an explosion of vandalism Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris. Astrid had told me about the lock-down every year, but this was my first time to see why.
Vandalism at its best. Quite an evocative image Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Richard. I wonder how long it will take before they don't allow such private fireworks anymore!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:03
It is a beautiful picture, but a sad scene.
Too bad that every year things get blown up and every year there is the discussion whether the authority will allow the 'heavy' bombs/firecrackers.
This year many people with eye-problems ended up in hospital.
Lots of the heavy illegal stuff comes from Belgium.
....and always people end up not able to count from 1 to 10 on their fingers anymore........ sad
Ginnie Hart: The skies may be beautiful for those 30-45 minutes but there sure is a mess to clean up the following week! It makes you realize why so many places/countries don't allow private fireworks! (sigh)
Why do they always have to destruct things on new years night!!
Ginnie Hart: Once you can answer that question, Chantal, maybe you can solve the problem?
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:12
This brings us back to reality, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Exactly. What a way to start the new year (for the city)!
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:18
Oh. Looks not good. Fireworks?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Luiza. Private fireworks are allowed in the Netherlands on New Year's Eve. You can imagine the mess there is to clean up afterwards. They usually board/lock up anything with receptacles, but this one was obviously missed. (sigh)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:23
A new style of photgraphy -but you are so true - I was really a bit angry when I saw on New Year's Day all the remains and leftovers on the streets- and nobody had swept them away - yesterday I saw the trash collectors active.
Ginnie Hart: So it's the same with you there in Germany, Philine. It will probably take more than this week to get everything cleaned up here!
Realistic but a little bit sad image. Thank you for your passage on my site.
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Marie. (sigh) Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2012, 08:47
When I was a youngster, we did fire crackers without limits. A bomb cracker was the limit. Fireworks were then forbidden for many years and about 10 years ago allowed under certain rules of permission to be engaged again. Over the last 10 years the tap is slowly closed again. I don't mind.

What I have discovered with the re-admission of fireworks, is that in the meantime they have developed a cherry bomb that is about 10x stronger than our bomb cracker. And there are now even stronger stuff - getting close to hand grenade strength. It looks like one of those was applied here smile

I have experienced a few new years in Holland. Always in this little town. People go haywire and the next everything got cleaned up by the voluntary fire brigade, using a construction worker's mechanical broom, plus hand driven brooms. A front end loader was used to put everything into a commercial size waste bin. It was a revelation that so much fireworks could be shot in about an hour in a small town.
Ginnie Hart: I loved reading all about this, Louis, to add to everything Astrid has told me from her own memories. The amount of money spent on these fireworks is enough to boggle the mind, especially for private citizens. But it is downright scary. When we stood outside our apartment we saw live sparks bounce off the roofs just feet away. If it hadn't been rainy before, I envisioned the possibility of many fires starting.
And i thought parts of England were bad.Why do people have to destroy parts of their comumity.
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Mick. Even if they were prohibited, there would still be a problem, I'm sure!
oh how good idea to use b&w for this. Pity the society we live in
Ginnie Hart: W seemed appropriate for this, Juan Carlos. Thank you. But yes, pity our society that even allows this!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2012, 09:24
What a mess!! Looks like the remains of artillery fire!!! Wonderfully expressive in simple b&w!
Ginnie Hart: A mess indeed, Marcie. It'll take awhile before they clean it all up, I'm afraid. (sigh) Thanks.
  • Mark
  • UK
  • 4 Jan 2012, 09:49
Happy new year, great photo but sad scene. Fortunately we don't get that here. (yet)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mark. You're lucky you don't have to put up with this. I wonder how long it will take before they prohibit private use of these fireworks?!
As is so often the case the moronic few spoil things for everybody else.
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Bill!
The people who made this mess, should be made to clean it up. There should be a ban on fireworks, unless controled by people who know what they are doing and in areas that will be cleaned after a display.
Ginnie Hart: I'm in total agreement with you, Frances, as is Astrid. Besides all the mess and vandalism, there are physical casualties every year. You'd think they'd "get it" by now!
Well seen shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John.
Superb photo with a excellent lighting. Have a lovely day Ginnie. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine.
The most beautiful place is also the ugliest place.
Glad you've found one. wink
Ginnie Hart: Two sides of the same coin, LC?? Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 4 Jan 2012, 12:03
It looks as if a discarded bottle of Fanta exploded here Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: That and who knows what else, Chad. A true mess.
So you've got idiots living over there just as we have here Ginnie. I found it most annoying that at least three families living in our area decided it would be nice to share their fireworks with everyone in hearing distance at midnight on Sunday, how inconsiderate!
Ginnie Hart: So, you mean you had TWO nights of fireworks, Brian?? That would indeed be inconsiderate! (sigh)
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 13:23
Well seen Ginnie,B/W really shows up the damage, there are always some that will vandalise no matter where it is. I am all for bringing in the new year but SAFELY!!smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm with you, Linda. SAFETY is the operative word that many do not get! (sigh)
  • rian
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2012, 15:11
looks like someone blew this up with a firecracker.. grin nice catch..
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Rian. Boys and their toys! Thanks.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 17:36
I thought that only in the UK we had such vandalism. Just why do people do this? Bring back public flogging! Your b&w presentation adds to the feeling of wanton destruction.
Ginnie Hart: Now you know you're not alone, Alan! I guess misery likes company. Here it's legal to shoot off private fireworks, which is part of the problem, of course. When will that change???
An essential bit of social observation Ginnie ... as you can probably well imagine I find it fascinating.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Richard, I must say I have to think of you when I see this. Thanks for rubbing off. smile
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 4 Jan 2012, 18:07
Triste que alguna gente para celebrar cosas usen la violencia
Ginnie Hart: I know, Oscar. Some things never seem to change, do they!
whoops! Yes a warzone indeed. Great use of b&w here, great choice!

but yes seems they would outlaw this..

Surprising to see actually..
Ginnie Hart: It makes you wonder what it will take before they prohit private use like this, Jen. I wonder if city budgets add in the cost of New Year's clean-up!
realistic and very interesting photography, beautiful BW contrast ...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Klaudia, for stopping by and commenting here again.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 20:24
Who actually likes NY? The last one I really enjoyed was the millenium
Ginnie Hart: It's so noisy here, Paul, there's no sense in going to bed till closer to 1 a.m. Thank God it's only once a year! smile
Looks as though it's exploded!
Ginnie Hart: You can say that again, Tom. grin
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jan 2012, 21:05
I guess there are stupid folk all over the world. I thought it was just here in the UK!!

It does make for a good photo though.
Ginnie Hart: The UK mentality has floated over to the mainland, Cherry. grin HA! Thanks.
It starts with a great shot then that processing is stellar.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
I hate fireworks, the damage and injuries they can cause, and the money they cost. The noise they make is scary to lots of people and most animals. All this for a few minutes of colour in the sky. Definitely not worth it.
Ginnie Hart: I totally get where you're coming from, Sheila. I'd be happy if they'd at least prohibit sale to private citizens!
This is a real eye-opener for me as I had no idea that the Dutch would allow the use of personal fireworks on New Year's Eve. Discounting the destruction of property, there must also be personal injury incurred during these blasts.

A fine B&W documentation of the idiocy, though, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Beverly. What will it take for them to prohibit sales for private use??? Thanks.
Great shot Ginnie.... we used to have garbage can night the day before Halloween.... but all we did was to dump the trash and run... your folks take it to a whole new level....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Kids aren't afraid of anything nowadays, Peter...as long as they don't get caught! (sigh)

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