Out in the streets pt II

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My plans got canceled on saturday (I was going shopping with a friend and then wine at my place later with her sleeping over), so suddenly I had nothing to do. What better thing to do than to go on a impromptu photo trip.

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Street photography

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I spend a lot of time on Instagram, both posting photos myself and watching / liking other photos. Scrolling through my feed is a perfect thing to do on the bus, on my way to work or back home. Instagram is one big pool of inspiration, following the right people. For me who loves photography, it’s a perfect place to be. 

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Auschwitz II, Birkenau

Auschwitz I was kind a small compared to Auschwitz II, Birkenau. It wasn’t until we visited Birkenau, I really saw how massive this was. The camp was HUGE. Many buildings in the camp was destroyed by the Nazi’s when the war ended. They wanted to destroy as many evidence as possible. All of the gas chambers and crematoriums at the Birkenau camp were destroyed. Many of the barracks too. Left was only the brick pipes of the barracks.

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In my next post, I’m coming up with some more cheerfull photos of Poland. I had a whole sunday in the city of Krakow where I explored the old town. Stay tuned!

Auschwitz: a visit to the concentration and death camp

On saturday I went on a four-day trip to Kraków, Poland with the office where I work and a lots of new colleagues. A few days before we went, we got an email saying that we were going to visit the concentration camp / death camp Auschwitz. I don’t know what words to use for it not sound wrong. Saying that I was happy that we were going, sounds so weird, but I must admit that for quite some time I’ve wanted to go to Auschwitz. I’ve been thinking it would’ve been a very interesting place to visit, but I never thought that I’d get the chance to go there. You just don’t book your holiday to Auschwitz… So when got that email telling that we were going, I was somewhat excited in a weird way.

Auschwitz is such a massive monument in the world’s history. It is something so big, it’s very hard to grasp. You can’t really understand it, at least not me. I know what happened. I know about all the cruelty and all the horror that happened there, but still… it’s hard to grasp the extent of it all.

Being there, I thought it would be way more emotional that it was. I didn’t cry my eyes out like I thought might happen. I think that I unintentionally put up a wall, to distance myself a bit from it. Even with the invisible wall, I didn’t turn into a stone face. There were several times when I were teary eyed and got the chills. That happened when I saw pictures of frightened kids and kids clothes. They had also taken care of all the hair they shaved of the people in the camp. It was so much hair! We also went into one of the gass chambers, well the only one left on the camp. You could see the scratches on the wall and the oven they burned the bodies in. That was aweful to look at.

We were allowed to photograph everywhere, expect in one of the blocks where they human hair was located. I took a lot of photos, but there were things I didn’t have the  heart to photograph. All the belongings they’ve taken care of (shoes, glasses, suitcases with names on etc) were left unphotographed. So was the gas chamber and the tiny standing cells where several people were put and often were sufficated.

I knew from the beginning that these photos needed the black/white treatment. No colors could do this place justice. The whole place was too drepressing.

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The return of a ghost

I said in my last post that I hoped I slowly would blog more often. That didn’t work out as I planned. What happened? Work exploded in my face so to say. From working two or three hours overtime a year, I had two weeks where I worked two – three hours of overtime each day! I even worked six hours last sunday. That has happened once before the elleven years I’ve worked with this company. When I’ve come home from work, I’ve been so tired that all I managed to do was to make dinner and watch a little bit of TV. For some working around the clock is normal and enjoyable, but I know now that it’s certainly not for me. There are people that has it like this all the time and think it’s ok. I don’t. I love my job, but not that much.

In addition to working my ass off, I had two days of Springsteen mania going on. Springsteen and the E Street band kicked off their second leg of the Wrecking Ball tour in Oslo. Two concerts. For those who know me, knows that I’m a huge Springsteen fan. I went to both conerts and had a blast both times. I got to hear songs I’ve never heard live before (like Better Days, Leaf of Faith, Downbound Train, Saving up) and that is always fun! Two nights of rock ‘n roll, took it’s toll on me.

I’m slowly getting back to where I was three weeks ago. Energy is regained and head can once again be filled with something else than just work.

I did manage to get on a photowalk a eight days ago, but I haven’t had time to process them. I looked at them shortly earlier today, but it was too much to go through. So instead I dug out my wide-angle lens that I haven’t used in a long time and took some photos from the balcony and a few haning out the window of my kitchen & bedroom.

While thinking of blogging, I listened to Springsteen and he sang about ‘the edge of town’. That made me want to post some black and white photos. For a long time now, I’ve been wondering how to get my photos a ‘hazy black and white’ look. It turned out not to be as difficult as I had thought. A few adjustments while post processing them and voilá. I got the result I was looking for.

I really want to do more black and white stuff. Maybe that’s gonna be the goal for May?

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A walk back in time: Akershus Castle and Fortress

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Do you ever get the feeling  that you want travel back in time? Travel back in time and watch how it was in a certain era? I have that from time to time. Either when I watch a documentary on TV about something historical or when I visit historical places. Like I did today.

I had a phototrip with my friend Ellen to the Akershus Castle and Fortress. The fortress is one of Norway’s most important cultural monuments, with buildings and structures from the Middle Age to our own day. The history of the fortress ranges from military events of dramatic art, via occupation and prison, to where it is today; serving as military schools, home of Norway’s Resistance museum and the Defence Museum, hosting cultural activities and government entertaining.

Visiting such places, makes me wanna travel back in time. I wanna go back and see how it was used then. It would be very entertaining and educational to watch how people lived back then; to see it with my own eyes. Since that is not an option, I either have to read up on the places I’m visiting or use my imagination.

I toom a lot of photos today. I knew already before I got there that these photos would be best in black and white.

The Castle and Fortress seen from the outside and inside. There are so many awesome doors insde the fortress. Why didn’t I think about going there when I was doing my door project? I would’ve had so many special doors I could photograph! Thinking about it, it almost makes me wanna take up the door project again. Maybe I should start shoot some doors again and make a book out of it? Doors of Oslo? For the door project I took photos of 202 doors; more than 180 of them was of doors located in Oslo. This is a thought I shouldn’t let go.

But hey, back to the fortress.

The horses that belongs to the Polices has it’s home at the Fortress.  The sign says that you’re not allowed to feed the horses because fat Police horses is not nice. And they assure us that the horses happy and get whatever they need. Good to know! I’ve never thought about where the Police horses are kept; now I know.

Photo trip pt. 2: train station

As I told about two posts ago, I went on a photo trip last saturday. I explored Oslo and found myself photographing bikes, the central train station and the opera. It was part of the train station I had seen from the bus on my way back to Oslo two weeks ago and what I wanted to photograph. Whenever I’m visiting the train station, I’m mostly in a hurry and I have to time to photograph anything.

Now I got to see the train station from a different side. I walked around the area where the long distance trains and the airport trains goes from / arrives. When I take the train I usually take the local train and that goes from a different track than where I was.

Since it was a grey and gloomy Nowember sunday, I thought it was appropiate to present these photos in black and white. It’s been a while since I’ve done something in black and white too. Don’t think I’ve edited photos in black and white since my airport post over a year ago! Whoa! I’m long overdue black and white wise.

The train station was close to empty this saturday morning; at least these tracks.

In the last post I’ll give you the photos from the opera. Stay tuned.

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