I couldn`t tell exactly why I stopped making movies about Amsterdam – better said, about my life in Amsterdam – but I feel I should invest more time in this. Nothing has more power in bringing back memories than a (little home made) movie.
This post is about introducing to you some of the few movies I made in Amsterdam along the years.
The first movie, Amsterdam in Oktober, dates back to 2010 and captures moments of my third month in Amsterdam (I moved here in August, same year). The images are recored by me while on the backseat of a bike. With one hand I was holding myself onto the bike, with the other one I was filming this, all while coming back home, which was at that time located on Antillenstraat. I must say that, whenever I watch this video, the memories of my beginnings in Amsterdam return to me is a very clear shape.
The next movie is made of a series of clips and photos taken at PC Catwalk 2011, the only one I have been to. For those of you who are not familiar with this, PC Catwalk is an open-air fashion show happening every year on P.C. Hoofstraat, the poshest street in Amsterdam, as it is literally flanked by fancy fashion stores. The songs you hear throughout the movies are exactly those I heard at the fashion show, which make me remember in detail the entire experience of being there, whenever I watch the video.
Although you may find Train to Amsterdam a bit repetitive (thus boring), I am pleased to share it with you anyway, as it is made of a clip I filmed throughout one train ride (in July 2011) from Utrecht back to Amsterdam. Although in reality it takes around 20 minutes to go that distance, I shortened my initial clip so that it matched the length of the song I used. I have to say the train ride from Amsterdam to Utrecht – or the other way around – is the one of my favourites in the Netherlands.
I kept my favourite movie for the end of this post: Summer in Amsterdam. Most of the clips composing it are made in Summer 2011, while some of them might date as back as Summer 2010 (cannot remember exactly). In this movie you can see what a Summer in Amsterdam means to me, at least a great deal of it: going to Westerpark and choosing a place on the grass from where I can see the trains leaving or returning to Amsterdam Centraal, going to Westergasterras in same Westerpark or making various trips with the train across the Netherlands (in this case, again, a trip to Utrecht). The images at the beginning of the movie are shot on a hot day in June 2011, when children were playing in the water at Mercatorplein, a square in Amsterdam West. It always makes me laugh when I see this part, as the kids are simply adorable!
Please be warned that all movies you are about to see are highly unprofessional, but nonetheless important to me.