catch the (free) ferry across Het Ij, from Amsterdam Centraal Station to NDSM

catch the (free) ferry across Het Ij, from Amsterdam Centraal Station to NDSM

Colours, textures and patterns gathered on a trip across the water (Het Ij) to North Amsterdam’s NDSM wharf – once upon a time a busy ship-building yard, left to dereliction after its closure in 1984… now a burgeoning creative community is working to breathe new life into the urban decay.

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

found typography, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

snake in the grass, Noorderlicht, NDSM, Amsterdam

A short, highly textured walk through the lush summer weeds and gritty, graffiti-laden dereliction of old shipbuilding warehouses and dry docks transports you to Noorderlicht, an old tunnel greenhouse now converted into a café‎ – very atmospheric and always good for a drink and a tasty bite to eat.

Noorderlicht, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

Colourful!