This is one of my all-time favourite photos that I’ve taken and it was such a lucky shot to get. I was out with a friend admiring the view when I happened to notice the woman sitting in the window with her legs dangling over the edge. It was one of the first sunny days of the year hinting at the arrival of spring and everyone seemed to be taking advantage of the sunlight, even though it was still quite cold. The image of the woman reading at the window was appealing on its own, but having the massive Domtoren rising up in the background just made it perfect.
A couple of months ago, as part of the city’s bid for European Cultural Capital of 2018, the organizing group hosted a photo competition asking for photos of Utrecht. In theory, you were supposed to work in the “18” theme, but you could also just include the logo and simply explain why the photo represented the best of Utrecht. I sent in this photo and simply added the logo to the corner (not seen here). I said something about the city being full of surprises and cultural gems, etc. I don’t think the quote really mattered in the end.
Sadly, before the photo competition was over, the city was knocked out of the running for cultural capital, along with Den Haag. Three other Dutch cities remain and I wish them well. Despite the early ending of the campaign, the photo competition continued and the winners were announced a week or so ago. My photo came in second out of 80 entries. It seems the jurors liked my “surprising and exciting” depiction of the Domtoren. You can read the news story and see the 1st and 3rd place photos here (in Dutch).
So where does the irony in the post title fit? First prize in the contest was an iPad. What did I win for second place? Two tickets to climb the Domtoren. You may remember that last month I posted about my phobia of sorts regarding stairs sans handrails? Yeah. I do also have a knee that can get a bit gimpy, which is what I explained when I wrote back to them about the prize. I didn’t feel like trying to explain (in Dutch) about my phobia, especially since I did know how to write about a kneeblessure. They kindly offered a Schatkamer tour as an alternative, which I’ve been wanting to do, so this is actually a wonderful alternative. Mainly, I’m just grateful that they even offered an alternative.