The past couple of months I’ve been inspired by exploring the Netherlands on buses, planes, and trains, staring out the rainy window as the landscape passes by. When I started this project, so my focus was on visiting the impressive public architecture. As I’ve walked the streets more and more on these rainy days, I’ve observed how the landscape and mood changes dramatically with the weather.
This is still an ongoing project. Every time there's a break and week of actual sunshine, I get ready to post them up. Then about that time, the weatherman calls for another few days of rain and I rush outside with my gear to capture more images.
You can find me wandering the Jordaan or Leidesplein with a camera, tripod, and my own portable rainy window. I look for places that you can imagine being on the backs of postcards, then set up and wait to realise the moment. There is always an electricity in the air that I can feel. Maybe it’s only just started raining and they are heading for cover, or there’s that very small break in the weather, when people rush to get from one point to another.
There hasn’t been a day that I’ve done this where I haven’t been approached by complete strangers on the street, both locals and tourists, curious to see what I’m up to. It's true what they say that photography opens doors (and rainy windows in this case), where these conversations lead me into new adventures on these beautifully rainy days.
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