To this point I haven’t made it a habit to photograph cityscapes. But after this shoot I probably will do this more often, there are a lot of great views and buildings in a city to photograph. And for these objects it also counts that with the right light and composition this can give great pictures. The museum of Groningen is a special place for me. When I started with photography in the time when I was still studying, the museum was just build and was the first object I photographed. With an mechanical, analog Minolta X-500 camera, lacking any knowledge of aperture, shutter speed whatsoever I just tried. A tripod was something I never heard of. I can’t remember wat the result was, for I apparently lost the prints. But I know that by then this has thought me the basics of photography.
The museum is often photographed from the other side. This due to the houseboats moored at this side of the channel. I had seen previously that a houseboat was not at it place, with just a small jetty in place this would make a different view. At this time of year I would have the sun at the left just behind me which would give light on the building. At least that was the idea, I had hoped for some cloud but it was a complete clear sky. Just had to make the best of it. Nowe I think the even blue sky is even better in comparison with the even blue of the water. The symmetrical effect is strengthened by placing the horizon in the middle and by using a long exposure. By using a long exposure any movement in the water will disappear and create a mirror effect exaggerating the bold architecture of the museum.