All photos are M. Vincent van Mechelen's copyright and were taken in two
Northern summers, the 62nd and the 66th year after the Second World War.
They have only been reduced in size; they have not (yet) been
photo-processed or altered in any other way.
Especially the pictures from the plane on the way from Shanghai to Beijing
and (twice) from Beijing to Amsterdam in the Netherlands were taken with
the possibility of a more or less extensive further processing in mind.
Click one of the selected photographs above for a first enlargement and a
reduction or further enlargement to 12.9 times its width and height.
Click one of the geographical links for access to all photographs of a
particular area or taken when traveling.
You will always be able to choose the background (and sometimes text)
colors of a full-body page or representation by means of the color bars at
the bottom (for example, if you find a background picture too distracting.)
Heart-only representations, which were introduced in 65 aSWW and which are
accessible by using one of the four arrow ikons in the corners, are most
suitable for looking at enlargements.
Their background is a standard dark or light tone.
As a rule the pictures in the public directories on this site are
reductions from size 2576x1920 (if horizontal) to 515 or 516x384.
(Some of them, taken with an older camera, from 2560 to 512.)
In other words they are 20% of the original width and 20% of the original
The miniatures at the top of this page (reduced to 3.1% in both directions)
provide links to copies which are 40% of the original width and height.
All backgrounds of the lower-level geographical documents show pictures of
the area in question.
They consist of a copy of 1024 pixels wide (if horizontal) or 512 pixels
wide (if vertical) of which the .jpg quality was reduced to