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ON MY WAY TO WORK - A project by CYM - 1998-1999


From July 1998 until August 1999 Cym had a usual 9-to-5 job at a friendly company in the east of Amsterdam. Every day she cycled the 7 kilometers on her bike from Amsterdam-West through the center of Amsterdam to the 300 years old building beyond the bridge at the Diemerzeedijk in Amsterdam-East.

Around the same time Cym bought her very first digital camera, an Apple QuickTake. With fully charged batteries it was possible to take around 24 photos until the batteries were empty. Just enough to document her way to work. From October 1998 until August 1999 Cym took her very first digital camera a few times with her on her bicycle, to document her way from home to work.

Already in 1999 she presented the photos online as a small website. She carefully put the photos together on four pages, one for each season, together with an index page, with descriptions added to each photo. Each page is a composition of photos from that day. The photos together form her very first online city portrait.

These photos are the beginning of what would become an enourmous collection of digital photos. At that time she wasn't aware yet of how digital photography would change the world. These web pages were each completely designed and coded by hand, in plain HTML, giving each page its individual character.

The pages here show the same material presented in the same way how she presented it then, back in 1999. Click on the photos below to view her way to work on that particular day.

The original version from this work, from 1999, is still online. You can visit the original version at: http://cym.net/amsterdam/


Autumn in Amsterdam, October 27, 1998
Winter in Amsterdam, February 08, 1999
Spring in Amsterdam, April 28, 1999
Summer in Amsterdam, July 21 & August 06, 1999


Amsterdam, October 27, 1998

On the way to my job, Tuesdaymorning, 27-10-1998 Bridge over AmsterdamRijnKanaal, Tuesdaymorning, 27-10-1998
Cym on the way to work, Tuesdaymorning, 27 October 1998

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Amsterdam, February 8, 1999

On the way to my job, Mondaymorning, 08-02-1999 Bridge over AmsterdamRijnKanaal, Mondaymorning, 08-02-1999
Cym on the way to work, Mondaymorning, 08 February 1999

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Amsterdam, April 28, 1999

Bridge over AmsterdamRijnKanaal, Wednesdaymorning, 28-04-1999 On the way to work, Wednesdaymorning, 28-04-1999
Cym on the way to work, Wednesdaymorning, 28 April 1999

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Amsterdam, July 21 & August 06, 1999

On the way to work, Wednesdaymorning, 06-08-1999 Bridge over AmsterdamRijnKanaal, Wednesdaymorning, 21-07-1999
Cym on the way to work, Fridaymorning, 06 August 1999

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Autumn in Amsterdam, October 27, 1998
Winter in Amsterdam, February 08, 1999
Spring in Amsterdam, April 28, 1999
Summer in Amsterdam, July 21 & August 06, 1999



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