Photographer and part-time Amsterdam resident Ricardo Liberato takes his camera around town.
1

Fatal attraction

The first thing that strikes me in Amsterdam is how narrow the buildings are. The reason is simple. Historically, taxes were calculated according to the width of the building.

2

Leidsekade windows

The muted colours of the walls, in Calvinist tradition, contrast with the white of the window frames.

3

Bird perched on building

The narrow buildings have even narrower stairwells, which led to the tradition of having a crane built into the structure, as it is the only way to get furniture in - though the massive windows also help make the most of the scarce sunlight.

4

Amsterdam bikes

Bikes dominate the streets in Amsterdam. They are everywhere, parked every which way.

5

Repair shop

When you leave your bike out in public and it's well locked, it can sometimes turn a thief into a vandal. Here, one of the many bike repair shops should you be so unlucky.

6

Fire

Street art is one scene in Amsterdam. From fire shows...

7

Caution

...to the sneaky guitar beggar, always keyed in to a potential police bust...

8

Damrak

...to performances with more exotic instruments (I wonder what that monocycle is for)...

9

Jump

...to whimsical shows...

10

Jam

...and the ever present gypsies.

11

Dream Amsterdam

The city's street art culminates in the Dream Amsterdam exhibition.

12

PaulusBroederSluis

Water is everywhere, the city a maze of canals and bridges.

13

Night bridge

14

The Montelbaanstoren on the Oudeschans

Some of the canals are actual rivers.

15

At the bar

Whenever the weather cooperates, outside is the place to be.

16

Flea market

The flea market is a tradition not to miss. Fantastic characters sell wares exotic to mundane.

17

Alien toke

Walking in the direction of the Red Light District, I'm reminded of one of the major attractions of Amsterdam, and I don't mean aliens.

18

Condom flag

The colour of orange and the Dutch flag in the only way you see them in the Red Light District.

19

Red Light District

Window shopping has a different meaning in this part of town.

20

Red-lit canal

The Red Light puts on shows from the simple peep to the most outrageous in the Moulin Rouge.

21

Dusk

Going back to Central Station on my return to the real world.