Sunday 6 December 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - '1984' version 2.0

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of 2 guys looking at me, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

This is a very typical situation when I take my puddle pictures, people look at me, not sure what I'm doing and how they should respond to a guy sitting next to a puddle with his mobile phone, waving it at the wet spot, so I've trained myself to respond with this sweet 'I'm not crazy, I'm creative' smile that usually elicits a smile in return, often accompanied by understanding eye winking, from the people walking by :-))

This has very likely saved me from them calling the cops and me spending many nights in jail, as I tend to forget the mandatory ID-card at home and would probably have a hard time explaining to the arresting police officers that I was indeed shooting wicked reflections and not trying to poison the good folks of Amsterdam by attempting to enter LSD or Anthrax into the water-cycle through a absurd scenario, but not as absurd as the fact that the Netherlands are the only country in the world where you can get locked up if you don't have an ID-card on you..I know people who got arrested for failing to produce a valid ID and they remained locked up until somebody else would confirm their identity!

"Over 400 million people across Europe, in 21 out of the 25 EU member-states, use ID cards. In only five countries currently —Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Spain — are ID cards mandatory. Even in these nations, citizens do not have to carry them at all times. Only the Netherlands has made them a response to the threat of terrorism and illegal immigration."

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