Antwerp Through a 1970s Lens

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Antwerp Through a 1970s Lens

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Canon DSLR
28mm f3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar

Antwerp, Belgium

An unexpectedly sunny day in November was a good reason to make a short trip to the city of Antwerp, an old Flemish city renowned for its port, diamonds and architecture. Throw the Flemish painters and the Belgian beer into the mix and you got the complete picture.

In most parts of Europe, arriving in the city by train is like looking back in time, and Antwerp is no exception. You are immediately struck by the size, beauty and richly decorated interior of the Central Station. Go beyond this marvel of the Old World and you'll be amazed by the diversity of people, locals and tourists from all over the world. Like many modern cities, Antwerp is constantly changing. 21st century buildings can be found meters away from old houses, some dating back to the 16th or 17th century.

Antwerp was built on an estuary which connects it to the sea. The city developed along a network of water channels. Throughout centuries, many riches entered Antwerp, some acquired by trade at great distances on the high seas. Hence the importance of the port for its inhabitants. The dockside is very large: shipyards, quays, cranes and other naval facilities, reminders of the complex past of the city. The Port of Antwerp is currently the third largest port in Europe and ranks 20th in the world.

From the port to the old center, you walk on narrow streets which seem shaped in medieval times. You stop and see that people attend their business as usual. You walk a little more and the street transforms, looking like a 19th century postcard.

For this black and white set in Antwerp we used the 28mm f3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar mounted on a Canon DSLR camera.