Monday, January 31, 2011

Not a Place for Posters?

I know I've complained a bit about this before, but why is it that the guys putting up posters in Copenhagen try to cover every availably surface over and over again? And as the city and its inhabitants don't have a limitless amount of money, the posters tend to stay in the same place until they fall apart, giving the city a very rundown look.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Not an Art-lover?

Public art in Copenhagen is not always appreciated by the public, as this photo shows. The garbage can might be considered funny by some, but who in their right mind would think that the graffiti tags are OK? That is just plain vandalism.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Writing on the Wall

The walls at the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen have quotes and lyrics, so why not get creative with that?

Friday, January 28, 2011

In the Frame

When photographing at the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen, it's possibly to use the columns in the upper floor of the atrium at the entrance as a way to frame some of the beautiful sculptures placed there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


This mother seems to be explaining a work of art to her daughter during a visit to the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two Women

The works of art at the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen represents almost all art forms and many periods, as these two of different women suggests.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Time for a Break

A trip to the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen can be a tiring thing, so it's good that they have a decent, though pricey, café. Be aware that it's also frequented by the local army of baby carriers so don't expect too much peace and quiet.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Is this Art?

When I'm at the National Museum of Art I must confess that I often find myself a bit baffled, when confronted by some of the works of art. This one is one example of that. I've got no clue as to the meaning of this "corpse" sitting in a chair overlooking the park around the museum. Maybe one of the custodians made a practical joke on the audience?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good from a Distance

Some of the art at the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen can be a bit difficult to photograph as a whole, if the only lens you're bringing is a 105mm macro lens. But in the nice big atrium at the entrance, distance is no problem.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playing around

When at an art museum with the camera, there's ample opportunity to play around with the camera; perspective, field-of-depth and lighting are all factors, that you can change. And the best thing is, that these motives don't complain and don't move, so you'll have all the time you need to experiment. This one is a model of the equestrian statue of the Danish King Frederik V that is located at Amalienborg, which is the Royal Residence in Copenhagen.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Children and Museums

Children are welcome at the Danish National Museum of Art, as long as the parents keep a vigilant eye on them. This mother surely had her oldest under control, but attention seemed more on the art than on the youngest one. As long as the children are taught how to behave, I think it's a good idea to give them a healthy dose of culture.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A father and son moment

When sated of the art at the Danish National Museum of Art, the camera can quickly be turned on other visitors. This father and son apparently needed a few moments by themselves, looking out the window and just relaxing. I wonder if the mother was the enthusiast in the family.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Stare

When photographing sculptures you can always opt for a shot of the whole one, but I like to go for details as well, capturing something different than normal. This is one example of that. I like the stare on the statue from the Danish National Museum of Art in Copenhagen and the blur of a female in the background.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What to do on a Grey Sunday in January

What to do on a grey and boring Sunday in January in Copenhagen? How about heading for the National Museum of Art with your camera? It's free and you're allowed to take pics of the art, except in the special exhibitions. And to get the most fun out of the day, you could try shooting with a 105mm macro the whole time.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Not Bandy?

Right next to the bandy players shown in yesterday's post are these two silhouettes. I wonder if they have got anything to do with bandy, as they obviously are cast from the same mould, but the things they're carrying are not hockey sticks, so maybe they are representing another local sport.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In the Land of Bandy

Bandy is the national sport in this area of Sweden, so naturally the silhouette of bandy players is situated in central Ljusdal.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Catch a Fire

The second of the doll houses mentioned yesterday seems to have been on fire. Maybe this sleepy town have got it's own share of hoodlums?

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Big Doll House?

In the center of the Swedish town of Ljusdal, three of these oversized doll houses divide a parking space. I still haven't figured out what they are about, but they look pretty.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And Yellow...

The post yesterday showed what I would call a typical Swedish house; wooden and dark red, but lighter colours are in evidence, especially in the towns. This yellow colour is very popular too.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Falun Red and Wooden Houses

Two things makes for a typically Swedish house; it's wooden and it's painted this special dark red called Falun Red after a town called Falun. The paint is based on copper from the mine near the town and is widely used, especially in the countryside.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Early Sunset

As you might recall from your geography lessons in school, the sun sets rather early the further north you get during the winter. In Ljusdal in Sweden that time is about 2.30pm. Good thing that all the snow at least makes it more bright even at night.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Children of Our Time

When out and about I often come across graffiti like this. Often there's a message hidden, a statement or just a signature. In this case from Ljusdal, Sweden, the line reads Children of our time in Swedish. What is meant by it, I'm not sure. Maybe the artist meant that this is what children do today, i.e. paint on other's walls, or maybe that children is a product of our time. I don't know and it still baffles me.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Buried in Snow

I do hope this caravan is not going to be used before springtime, as I'd hate to be the one to try to get it free of the snow.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In the Middle of a Forest

After a heavy snowfall the forests of Sweden looks like they have been powdered with icing sugar by a very generous giant. And for city folks the quiet out there is almost disturbing.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Lamp with a Hat of Snow

Snow is something I don't tire of easily, as you might have noticed. This photo of a lamp with a hat of snow was taken the same place as yesterday's, just outside of Arbrå on the first day of the year.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

In the Countryside

Today's pic is from my trip to Sweden, where I spent Xmas. This is taken at my niece's in-laws just outside the little town of Arbrå on the first day of the year. We were really in the countryside here, nice, quiet and very winterly.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

These icicles greeted me on the first day of the new year. The visit to my sister in Sweden was a treat, as I love winter.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This is winter

At my sister's place in Ljusdal, Sweden, the news during Christmas was followed by quite a bit of humorous comments. The winter weather in Denmark closed down parts of the traffic which caught a lot of travelers and the authorities on the wrong footing so to speak. As you can see on this photo from Ljusdal, they are used to getting a few meters of snow each winter so the few centimeters that created havoc in Denmark did raise a few eyebrows. "Why do they stop clearing the roads until it has stopped snowing? Why don't they have the right equipment? Why do the Danes expect to be on time during a snowstorm, when they are on the road, in the air or on the tracks?" Good questions and no good answers. Only the chaos on the island of Bornholm seemed justified by the 1.5 m of snow they got during Christmas.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Watch out!

With snowfall and changing temperatures comes icicles under the roofs. In Copenhagen these ones are quite a danger if people are passing under them as they fall from 6 floors up. And don't park under them neither, the holes in the roofs don't look decorative.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Coming in for landing

The swan is the Danish national bird and when you see them flying low over the water, you can understand why. These four magnificent birds was caught on camera just outside the park Valbyparken.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all, I hope you'll have a great one this year. My philosophy is always to start the day with a smile, so why not start the year with one as well?