Amsterdam: A Change in The City That Never Slept


Photography and Text by Bartje Parade, Copyright 2022

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Amsterdam: A Change in The City That Never Slept

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Almost two years ago on March 15, 2020 the world changed.  Not only in Amsterdam, The Netherlands but all over the world. Life changed completely for everyone. Schools closed, traffic jams erased like there have never been cars.  Zoom conferences became a new standard, working from home was the new norm.  Clubs, bars and non essential shops closed . Planes didn’t fly anymore. Runways became parking lots. People stayed home.

I’m a natural born Amsterdam guy. I used to work as a music promoter, DJ, film director and tour director. One day I woke up and there was no work. I became unemployed and was scared for the unknown. I isolated myself from almost everybody I knew. Something I thought could only exist in a nightmare and it was sometimes.

After a couple of days I decided to walk into town doing day trips from home to different neighborhoods and tried to visualize my hometown in this surreal situation.  The results you can see in this series of pictures. I hope as tourists you like this photo story about “Amsterdam instead of Covid: and would love to see you back in real life as soon as it is possible!

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Portrait of dutch citizen Bartje Parade in his hometown of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Bartje Parade: Amsterdam, February 2022

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About The Author: Bartje Parade is a lifelong resident of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  He is currently working for an American tourist company and also available for private tours by contacting him here: bartjeparade@gmail.com

This is Bartje Parade’s first contribution to Tony Ward Studio.

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