If you haven’t flown into Schiphol and then taken the train to rent a bike and ride around, I recommend you do. And, a new book is out that shows Amsterdam as you’ve never seen it before.
The photobook that offers a unique look at Amsterdam, it’s Amsterdam Resized! Taking pictures from rooftops or helicopters, photographer Jasper Léonard points his lens at buildings, canals and street life throughout Amsterdam. Jasper Leonard uses Tilt-Shift technique to create a bird’s-eye perspective for these amazing photos.
Tilt-Shift isn’t a technique I use, but these photos are fantastic and reminds me of our rides there.
“The book is an intimate and magical token of admiration,” said The Sydney Morning Herald and I agree. The famous canals of Amsterdam have been reduced to mere trickles with mini-sized bridges; the joggers in the Vondelpark now resemble Playmobile puppets, and the Stedelijk Museum now looks more like a bath tub.
From the Foreword
The grandiose Amsterdam reduced to the smallest proportions. The pictures of photographer Jasper Léonard zoom out to zoom in on what makes us so unique as a city. The inimitable creativeness. The rich past and the promising future. The defiance and the diversity. The freedom too, to be who you really are. Free- dom celebrated, from the floats of King’s Day to the pubs on the Spui. And that is what you can see in the following pages.
This small, grandiose booklet makes me proud and with me probably many Amsterdammers. From the architectural class of the ring of canals to the moving playfulness of a little rocking horse on a roof terrace: they are all Amsterdam. This is who we are, portrayed in a unique manner.
Amsterdam Resized! is available from Amazon in hardcover for $12.97. A few pages in, you’ll see the enormous bike parking structure look tiny.…