The Rotterdam Ferris Wheels
For a few years in a row, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Rotterdam had a Ferris wheel, for a few weeks. With English names: The View and Dinner Wheel. The location: Binnenrotte square, almost touching the famous Markthal (or should I say Market Hall?).
When I went to take a look on one of the first nights the wheel was operational, Binnenrotte was teeming with photographers. For a photographer Ferris wheels are beautiful objects to portray. Especially during the blue hour after sunset, when the shutter speeds are getting longer. The movement of the rotating wheel creates beautiful abstract effects. An attractive contrast to non-moving objects such as, in the image below, the Markthal.
View from the bridge
At some distance from the wheel the number of photographers decreased drastically. Yet also there one can shoot beautiful pictures. The best place to photograph The View was, in my opinion, the bridge across the Steigersgracht (or should I say the Jetty Canal?). The motion blur of the Ferris wheel, mirrored in the water of the canal, what more could you want?
From time to time, plans arise for a permanent Ferris wheel in Rotterdam. But this place on Binnenrotte is not a suitable location for that. There are plans for the piece of land between Hoogstraat and Markthal: the Rotta Nova residential building. And I suspect that the residents of the adjacent apartments in the Markthal also don’t mind if the wheel is placed somewhere else. If I may give the municipality a tip when looking for a new place: the proximity of beautiful reflecting water is an advantage.
The work on the Rotta Nova residential building was postponed once again, so a year later there was another Ferris wheel on Binnenrotte square: the DinnerWheel. This one, unlike its predecessor, was placed parallel to Hoogstraat. That wass probably done to please local residents who nevertheless didn’t not seem to be happy about it. From Steigergracht, the large wheel looked less spectacular as a result of the different layout:
From the now completely refurbished Binnenrotte on the other hand, the Ferris wheel in conjunction with the Markthal made an extra beautiful picture:
Finally, an image from the foot of the Pencil residential tower, with the Markthal, the DinnerWheel and a guest appearance of Saint Lawrence church.