Halfway through the 19th century it was decided to build a ring of fortresses around Antwerp, to resist a potential attack from France. The fort circle would consist of eight Brialmont forts (named after their architect) in a 18 km long circle from Wijnegem to Hoboken. These forts were built in the period 1859-1864.
Fort 8, located in Hoboken, just below southwest Antwerp, is one of the most beautiful of these fortifications. More than three years ago already, the company I then worked for held an event on that location. As part of the organizing team, I was able to sneak in early and spend a few hours capturing the desolate splendor of the site.
Some parts of the brick fort are quite well preserved, other areas clearly show the relentless impact of time. But all together they make for a true feast for the patient photographer!
I am determined to find out whether my former contact is still involved with Fort 8. I definitely would love to go back there, with better gear but most importantly more developed technique!
More pictures in this gallery.
Gear notes: D200, 17-55/2.8
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