Minimal Amsterdam 1

Continuing my little foray into minimal photography whilst on city breaks and following Minimal Edinburgh and Minimal Glasgow I now present Minimal Amsterdam.



OK – I admit all these pictures are not all that minimal – but still they aren’t the normal picture postcard views of a city.



In my first blog about Amsterdam I quoted that the French philosopher René Descartes wrote in 1631 of the Dutch Republic:

“Where else in the world can one enjoy all the comforts of life and all the interesting things that a person might wish to find? What other country is there in which one can enjoy such perfect freedom …?”

So here I’d just push this a little bit and say:

“What other country is there in which one can enjoy photographing blank walls and taking blurry pictures from a moving tram in such perfect freedom…?”



The ones of the red letters are from the Iamsterdam sculpture in Museum-Kwartier. This must be one of the most photographed sites in Amsterdam and it was a sea of selfie taking tourists when I was there. Really tricky to get a photo without other people’s kids faces in it – which, when I know these pics may go out to hundreds of thousands of people via baldhiker, I usually try and avoid – hence I went for the out of focus colour dominated shots.



The blurry shots are taken from a moving tram and the others various walls, vents and images of the great city of Amsterdam that wouldn’t make the tourist brochures – but I loved! Enjoy.

Again, like the last blog on Amsterdam I’ll point out that my new found love affair with the city was not due to any sponsorship deal with the Amsterdam Tourism Department – the trip was bought and paid for by myself – but I would, however, recommend staying at Mirthe & Aranka’s fantastic house in the Jordaan district. Mirthe & Aranka will direct you to the best ice cream, best apple pie and best pizza available in the neighbourhood!

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