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The opposite sides of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is widely known for the coffee shops and the canals. These are also the places that most tourists and people new to the city tend to visit while in the city. Little do they know that Amsterdam has so much more to offer. 

The only way to truly get to know a place is to walk tirelessly around its streets: it is surprising what you could have found by the end of the day by simply keeping your eyes open. I believe that people should never get used to what surrounds them, nor stop looking for details, since, in the end, those are the ones that make the difference. Even after years living in the same city, there will always be something you haven’t seen: a unique spot, an imperceptible particular, yet able to partially change the perception you have of what is around you. Who says that Amsterdam is only about bright canals, coffee shops, and fries has clearly still a lot to learn about this Dutch must-visit destination. In these pictures, I have tried to express what Amsterdam communicates to me, portraying the atmosphere in a few of its less famous locations from behind the lens of my camera. We should never reach the point in which we feel like if we have already seen enough, but be surprised at the smallest things as a child would do with something he faces for the very first time.

Photos: Gilda Bruno / Final editor: Kyle Hassing

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Gilda Bruno
Born and raised in Italy, Gilda (21) has moved to the Netherlands to continue her studies. In 2015 she was an exchange student in Copenhagen, Denmark: an experience able to change radically her viewpoint on the world. Deeply in love and addicted to any expression of art, in the free time, she likes to write, read books or shoot photos of whatever inspires her. She has also been acting for the past 5 and a half years. If asked about future plans and career aspirations, Gilda replies by saying that she wants to become a journalist, yet trying to incorporate all her interests into a single, unique life project.

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