victor lacken

Nieuwe Hemweg, Amsterdam

This power station at Nieuwe Hemweg is about 2km from where I live in Amsterdam and I’ve always thought it makes for an interesting photographic subject. I’ve photographed it many times, but only once where the billowing steam coming out of the chimney was turned bright orange by the setting sun. The station is powered by incinerating garbage from Dutch households and is very energy efficient and CO2-neutral. What comes out the chimney is almost pure steam. The station provides electricity for 75% of Amsterdam’s households, and also powers the city’s electric trams. Heat generated during incineration is used to supply houses and companies with heating and hot water.

Nikon D700, 14mm-24mm

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

For centuries it was one of the most important churches in Christendom, before being converted into a mosque in the 15th century after the fall of Constantinople. The current structure dates from the 6th century and, though it has suffered damage from various earthquakes throughout the centuries, is considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. Since 1935 it has served as a museum.

Nikon D700, 14mm - 24mm

Frankfurt, Germany

I wandered into this shopping mall in Frankfurt on a dull afternoon, but still there was plenty of natural light coming through the twisting, webbed structure of the roof. The architecture immediately appealed to me and I shot this with the intention of combining maximum depth of field with maximum angle of view (14mm) and maximum dynamic range. A million people must have walked past this same spot over the years, but I wonder did anyone see it the way I did?

Nikon D700, 14mm-24mm