The name Amsterdam arises from the city’s beginnings as a dam on the river Amstel. During the 17th century, a series of canals were built in four main bands, forming concentric circles inside the city, flowing south towards the river. Amsterdam’s historic canals, which total over 100km, are dotted with 1500 bridges, forming a sweeping network of aqua and stone.
As a heavy haze descends on the city, the canals take on a quiet, timeless mood. Hovering on the surface, the fog meanders along with the water, as bicycles on the bridges above fade in and out of view, and boats push through its cool, gentle embrace.