Photographer praises the city’s light: ‘You can’t find it anywhere else in the world’

Photographer praises the city’s light: ‘You can’t find it anywhere else in the world’

Chris Toala Olivares was so impressed by the city lights that the photographer released an ode to them. Olivares took photographs of the city and its “unique light” in a photo book marking the 750th anniversary of the founding of Amsterdam.

Olivares came to Amsterdam from Ecuador to work in home care and became fascinated by the city’s light during his bike trips. It’s something he believes makes Amsterdam truly unique. “You can’t find this kind of light anywhere else in the world. Especially in the morning and in the evening.”

His photo book showcases photos taken by Olivares between 2010 and now. Many of these were taken from a helicopter. “Aerial photography is what distinguishes my work. When I am in the air I see things that no one else can see.”

Pearls from the sky

Olivares himself really enjoys the aerial photos he took of Ukraine’s demonstration in Dam Square and the 2010 World Cup final in Museum Square. “During the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain, the museum square was completely filled with fans dressed in orange. All you could see were the green trees. I remember hanging above them and they appeared before my eyes. Thousands of fans came to watch.”

The illustrated book is available in stores as of today.

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