My last final and photo essay presentation in Black and White Film Processing & Printing ended at 10 pm Monday. I was on the first flight to Amsterdam Tuesday morning at 8am. Whew! 🙂 Amsterdam was not previously on my radar, but what a great city! Initial impressions were canals on every corner, water everywhere, Tesla taxis, more bikes than cars, state regulated red light district, tall handsome people, cigarette smokers, non medicinal marijuana at coffee shops. I’ve got to get out more. 🙂
Visiting the Van Gogh museum was a real treat. It houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world as well as letters to his family and paintings of his contemporaries. I had forgotten how much I loved the art of 19th Century Europe. What resonated most with me about Van Gogh was that he started painting late in life after a couple of unsuccessful careers. He worked assiduously, took art classes, and studied with masters. He must have painted 50 self portraits! Hard to believe he only lived 37 years.
Below are some images of the city.