I just couldn’t believe the amount of bikes that I saw in The Netherlands! It’s one of those things that really brought home for me the fact that time has passed and that I’m not so used anymore to things that were completely normal for me once upon a time.
I was struck, too, by the creativity that people had lavished on their bikes. I photographed a couple, just for fun. And then I kept taking photos of every bike that stood out to me. It may say something about the relationship between the Dutch and their bikes that there were quite a few decorated bikes. But also, I think, it’s a bit of an approach to life – to play and have fun with your environment, to look at your bike not just as a functional object, but as something that becomes a bit of self-expression. Also, it reminded me not to take decorating too seriously. Some of the bikes that I really liked looked like they somebody just slapped some paint onto them, which for at least one of them was probably literally the case. But I really enjoyed the overall effect and joie the vivre expressed in this gesture and when I got home, it made me think of what objects I can take and decorate with that same attitude.
So, here is for your enjoyment my collections of Amsterdam bikes:
Wishing you a lovely day, may it be filled with creativity and reminders to play and make your environment fun.