Torenfort Uitermeer

Last weekend during a bike ride through the Dutch country side, I stopped at an old fortress that I had never visited.

Fort Uitermeer is an old fortress that used to serve as protection for the city of Weesp and Amsterdam. The fortress started being built around 1589.  It is located in the North Holland town Weesp on the east bank of the river Vecht. 

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy, raining day and as I shot some photos with an Iphone6, it became clear that they were very dull. At home I thought that I could bring them to a post processing “plastic surgery operation”, inspired by the editing wizard photoblogger and scientist Desley, who features the Image Reboot at her blog Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist as well at this blog’s Photo Rehab. 

Maybe she won’t accept my photos because I shot them with an iPhone instead of my Olympus E-M10. Let me give it a try.

Here are the photos of the fortress and it surroundings. I have used the editing capabilities of my iPhone plus the editing of the app camera +. I have cropped some photos. Used a Black and White filter. Increased clarity, contrast and highlights. I applied the filter Black and White Noir in some photos. You will noticed that in the ones that look more dramatic. I have adjusted the white balance as well. Click to enlarge the photos.

The history of Fort Uitermeer goes way back.

Since the 17th century this strategic fort defended the sluice between the ‘s-Graven lands Vaart and the river Vecht. This lock served both for the shipping and to protect against the inundation of the land between the river Vecht and fortress Naarden.

The fort Uitermeer was both a part of Old and the New Dutch defense line. The tower fort was built in 1845 and in 1885 the site was expanded to include shelters for cannons.

In 1913 the complex was added to the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Fort Uitermeer defended the access by the inundation area of ​​the Defence Line of Amsterdam formed by the railway Amsterdam and Hilversum ‘s Graven lands Vaart.

In the fifties, the site was designed as a repository for Defence. Although attempts were made to blow up the tower fortress and most depots were demolished in 1885.

After it has fallen into disuse as a defense depot, Fort Uitermeer eventually came into the hands of the North Holland province, which has transferred the property in 2009 to the Foundation UiteraardUitermeer. This foundation has made a development plan which will give the Fort a recreational function.

The fort has long lost its military function. Of the original fort is little left; the moat is still there and the buildings are only the tower fort and a cannon draw. 

Photos taken with an iPhone 6


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