I am a very indifferent and mediocre people photographer. I also tend to avoid crowded places as much as I can. Nonetheless, one of the attractions of going to Amsterdam in April was an opportunity to observe – and photograph – the celebration of the Kingsday, the biggest national holiday in Netherlands.
As expected, the day turned out very orange. As more or less anticipated, the crowds caused me discomfort in a few tight spaces and the level of collective inebriation around me was something I could probably do without. As I could have guessed in advance, the hundred or so pictures I took on different corners and bridges during the day almost uniformly failed to excite me afterwards.
Nonetheless, it was a fun experience – and it convinced me that I should not be going for similar experiences in the future. And here is a small sample of my exploits.