Amsterdam’s cosy, cobblestone streets quiet down under the haze of late afternoon sunsets. Twinkling lights hang from above to mark the way for cyclists while canal side homes warm up, illuminated in soft, orange light.
Seeking creative inspiration during my least favorite time of year, I headed out with my camera for a trek along the rounding canals and twisting streets of the Jordaan. Here, I found solstice in the blue, purple and orange lights that begin to blanket our city. When the cold and rain are somewhat at bay, it’s actually quite nice (or at least tolerable) to wander the little streets, inhale the fresh, crisp air and catch a glimpse of the canals reflecting like glass… before quickly heading inside to thaw my fingers around a warm glass of hot chocolate.
Surviving the frozen season is a mental struggle, with endless grey days and a severe drop in temperature so this time, I’m trying better to embrace the unique aspects of the winter season.
Forcing myself outside this time of year was a challenge—I set out with an intention to embrace this time of year (instead of just counting down the days to my sunny escape back home) and find some creativity in what I find an otherwise very uninspiring season. I captured these scenes during an afternoon stroll through the Jordaan as we made our way to Cafe Thijssen, a local favorite, for a round of zatte and bitterballen.