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Rockin’ Rotterdam is a photographic project of the Royal Photographic Society Benelux Chapter.
The aim is to take one creative photo "in every street" within the Rotterdam ring road (A4, A15, A16 and A20) in the Netherlands. There are 2000+ streets to shoot. It was possible for everyone to participate and submit photos. Variety of work was also important.
Several meet-ups were organised, and you were able to work on your own or with others. I choose to work on my own and for one special neighbourhood postcode area: 3077. This area is inside and outside the ring road, so I made just photos within and this includes the “Veranda”, the Stadium of football club Feijenoord, a marina, business areas, residential areas, the Van Brienenoord island and the Van Brienenoord bridge on the A16.
There was one important restriction: only one image per street name. After my shooting I came home with a few hundred photographs and I made a selection of the 49 streets in this postcode.
It was not always easy to make the images. For example the day I went to Rotterdam was a sunny day, but there were almost no people outside.
I wanted a coherent body of work, just of a view in or from that street. Some streets were really boring, perhaps 50 meters long with just one door in a wall. There were also very attractive areas including the Nieuwe Maas, which meanders through Rotterdam.
Armando Jongejan (1960, Egmond aan Zee - The Netherlands) studied Photography at the Photo academy in Apeldoorn and works as a freelance photographer. His photographic interest is landscape and documentary/contemporary photography. Since 1989 Armando Jongejan have had several exhibitions in galleries and (photo)museums. For example in the Hasselblad Image centre (1997) in Utrecht, during the Dutch Naarden Photo Festival 2001, 2005 (group) and 2011 (solo) and in the Museum of Photography Amsterdam (FOAM) (2005), Dutch Museum of Photography, Rotterdam (2008), the Photography Museum of China in Lishui (2010) and in Photo Gallery Fenton House in Bath - England (2012) and also in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Spain. Photos are published in magazines and books. Since 1996 Armando has published five photo books and several Blurb-books.