Rotterdam Romance: Secret Messages from the City

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Today, somebody asked me when a photo is considered a street photo. Does it have to include a street? I think the only rule of street photography is that you have to be outside. Your street shot can have people, animals, art, architecture, shops, traffic, trees or random objects in it. An interesting combination of these elements is what makes it a street photograph. 

Looking for signs

For this series I was particularly triggered by street signage. Like shopping windows, random objects, neon signs and street art. Some were left accidentally and some were carefully planted there. Walking around Rotterdam I realised that a lot of signage can be discovered here. Probably more than in any other Dutch city.

Secret messages

The concept is of this series is pretty simple. I’m a cheerful romantic and I like a good story. During my Rotterdam street dives, I discovered that the streets contain many secret messages of love, hope and encouragement. You can see it, if you only bother to look for them. 

Whether you need a colorful reminder of love…
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A final nudge in the right direction…
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Or actually  need the message to be spelled out in capital letters…
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