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Lots of trash, a few treasures at the Waterlooplein.

I’ve just done another little (paid, thank you!) travel-writing job, giving my take on Amsterdam’s markets.

Here’s what I decided was worth including… Continue reading


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ALBERT CUYP MARKET, AMSTERDAM – it’s all about the people

Would you buy a back scratcher from this man?

Aelbert Cuyp was a 17th Dutch painter, best known for his backlit landscapes. His composition rule was that a painting should be 90% light or 90% dark, so that viewers would pay most attention to the minority 10%.

In the market in the Amsterdam street that bears his name, I guessed that the ratio of customers to vendors on a quiet Wednesday was about 9:1. I focussed my camera on the 10% doing the selling. Continue reading


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