1. The Leaning Buildings of Amsterdam

I love how wonky the buildings are in Amsterdam :-)
Look at the way the gap between the Chinese emporium and the building to its right (dated 1644) increases.
I’d love to look inside one of these houses to see if they’re just as wonky inside.

Because landspace was limited, many buildings were built very tall and very narrow. The sideways leaning is due to the weight of the heavy brick structures bearing down on wooden piles that are buried deep into the mud and sand below.

Do you also see the beams sticking out at the very top of the buildings? Their purpose is to hold a hook so that furniture can be hoisted up from the ground and brought in through the windows. The internal stairs are far too steep and narrow to bring furniture in that way! Apparently, the houses also lean forward a bit too, to make the job of hoisting easier.   

Well now you know :-)

    The Leaning Buildings of Amsterdam

    I love how wonky the buildings are in Amsterdam :-)
    Look at the way the gap between the Chinese emporium and the building to its right (dated 1644) increases.
    I’d love to look inside one of these houses to see if they’re just as wonky inside.

    Because landspace was limited, many buildings were built very tall and very narrow. The sideways leaning is due to the weight of the heavy brick structures bearing down on wooden piles that are buried deep into the mud and sand below.

    Do you also see the beams sticking out at the very top of the buildings? Their purpose is to hold a hook so that furniture can be hoisted up from the ground and brought in through the windows. The internal stairs are far too steep and narrow to bring furniture in that way! Apparently, the houses also lean forward a bit too, to make the job of hoisting easier.

    Well now you know :-)

  2. Another amazing marble and bronze grave/memorial in Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds, UK.

  3. Tilt & Shift #13

Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament as viewed from the London Eye.

    Tilt & Shift #13

    Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament as viewed from the London Eye.

  4. Tilt & Shift #12

Playground in the Jubilee Gardens as viewed from the London Eye.

    Tilt & Shift #12

    Playground in the Jubilee Gardens as viewed from the London Eye.

  5. Tilt & Shift #11

Daytona Beach, Florida. 
The day I turned 30.

    Tilt & Shift #11

    Daytona Beach, Florida.
    The day I turned 30.

  6. Tilt & Shift #10

Alligator lurking in Boggy Creek Swamp, Florida.

    Tilt & Shift #10

    Alligator lurking in Boggy Creek Swamp, Florida.

  7. Tilt & Shift #9

Amsterdam.

    Tilt & Shift #9

    Amsterdam.

  8. Tilt & Shift #8

This is Hamburg City Hall. It’s called the “Rathaus”. 

Rat House…for politicians…..heh heh ;-)

    Tilt & Shift #8

    This is Hamburg City Hall. It’s called the “Rathaus”.

    Rat House…for politicians…..heh heh ;-)

  9. Tilt & Shift #7

So I did another……

In the UK, our taxis (apart from the iconic Black Cab) are usually Japanese cars due to their reliability and economy. In Hamburg, Germany however, it’s Mercedes all the way.
I call these “Devil Cabs” due to the phone number emblazoned on the side :-$

    Tilt & Shift #7

    So I did another……

    In the UK, our taxis (apart from the iconic Black Cab) are usually Japanese cars due to their reliability and economy. In Hamburg, Germany however, it’s Mercedes all the way.
    I call these “Devil Cabs” due to the phone number emblazoned on the side :-$

  10. Tilt & Shift #5 & #6

    During Easter weekend I paid a visit to Lawnswood Cemetery & Crematorium in Leeds, England. My main reason for going there was to lay some flowers where my Mum’s ashes are interred but it’s also a peaceful and fascinating place to walk around.

    The cemetery opened in 1875 and the crematorium in 1905 (the first outside of London). There are some extraordinary graves and memorials to the well-to-do Yorkshire folk whose remains reside there.

    I took these photos of the ‘Ethel Preston’ memorial. This grade II listed structure, dating from 1911, is constructed of Italian marble and features a life-size statue standing under a classical porch, in front of partially open black marble doors, holding a bunch of flowers.

    Some say she’s waiting for her husband to join her in the afterlife, as she stood waiting on their doorstep in real life many a time. Others say the door has been left ajar to allow her to travel to and fro the afterlife.

    Anyway, I decided to play with tilt & shift on these photos to try and bring the statue to life.
    Not literally. Obviously. Yeek!

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