Amsterdam*

Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Though there are hundreds of photos from places like London and Paris on this site, what you will rarely find are photos that actually about places like London or Paris. That’s because wherever I go, if a camera is strapped to my hand, then I’m working, and work is about the people, not the sites. This became painfully clear to me after my fourth day in Paris during fashion week a year ago, when I’d exited the metro near Avenue des Champs-Élysées and made a b-line to the Grand Palais, when it occurred to me that I’d been in Paris for nearly a week and had not actually seen the city–this was all the more saddening given the fact that I’d been out… on the streets… for essentially the entirety of that time. Back in the spring, I capped my fashion week roll with a full day in Dublin, Ireland, and though it wasn’t a proper holiday, I did slow my pace down enough to actually taken in the ambience of the city a bit. For Amsterdam, however, I wasn’t going to take any chances. The first day I arrived, I promptly secured my camera in a locker with the intention of strolling the city without any agendas or urges to photograph people. It was… so much more difficult than you might imagine! I’m so used to looking at people for starters, and every time I looked up at some structure or natural lighting phenomenon, my muscle memories kicked in and I kept reaching for a device that was no longer on my hip. I didn’t get used to it for the entire day, but I did have an amazing experience and I’m so glad I did that. On my last day, of course I did bring my camera, and what I have is a composite of what Amsterdam was for me. Mostly, great spaces and bicycles. Lots, and lots, and lots, of bicycles. Somewhere in the cosmos, Freddie Mercury is nodding right now.

TGIF.

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