In my last post I talked about street photography and how I wanted to do more of that. This time I actually followed through and did what I said I would. There are evidence of me not doing that lots of times in the past. Positive feedback from followers here and on my Insta account made it easier to follow up. I can admit it, it’s no secret, I’m a sucker for positive feedback.
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.
I love photographing train stations, they can be so pretty. It’s something special about such a place, where people either are going away somewhere, coming home or tourists coming / going. It’s a beginning or the end of something.
The last weekend before Christmas I had some free time and I went downtown to do some photographing. I haven’t done that in ages and lately I’ve missed it. I wasn’t feeling 100% well–a starting cold was present, so my energy level wasn’t on top and my phototrip didn’t last that long.
What made me go out was the thick fog that lay like a carpet over Oslo. Normally I stand on my balcony (on the 5th floor) and look over Oslo and the fjord. I got great view over the city. That saturday I didn’t see anything. The fog had hidden all the buildings and the fjord.
I went home to my parents house today–to do some christmas preparations, like baking and going out to find a Christmas tree. On my way home I took some photos. There wasn’t much time to photograph, so I only got to photograph the train stations I visited. I’m not complaining, because photographing train stations are fun.
A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Sørumsand with my sister and her family and my parents. At Sørumsand they have a museums train going. They have an old steam locomotive there. Over a hundred years ago, they made a railway between Sørumsand and Skulerud, two small places in Norway. The railway was 57 km long and was called Tertitten. The railway was open until 1960, when it closed for good.
The railway passed my parents house. The place where I grew up, Lierfoss, had a trainstop. My great grandfather was the head of the station on Lierfoss – Lierfoss Station. If you were going to Oslo, you needed to take the train, if you didn’t have a car. And in the early 1900 not many had cars.
A year after the railway closed, they started the work with presserve the railway for posterity. Most of the railway was removed to make space for regular roads where cars could drive. Today only a small part of the railway is operative.
During the summer, the railroad is open and you can take a trip with one of the steam locomotives. Every sunday you can drive the 3,2 km (and back again) that is operative. On their way back, they stop at a station for twenty minutes, so you can buy something to eat. They serve waffles, icecream, coffee, soda etc.
So as I said in the beginning, I went to Sørumsand to ride with this train. It was a fun trip. I love to experience things from the past. When I do things like that, I dream about the old times and try to imagine how things where back then. It’s at times like that, I wish I could enter a time machine and go back in time.
I couldn’t take this trip without bringing my camera. I knew there would be some awesome things to photgraph. Here are some of the photos I took. I hope you’ll like them.
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.
Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentrations and extermination camps. All these photos are taken in Auschwitz I, the base camp. Auschwitz also contained Auschwitz II (extermination camp), also called Birkenau and Auschwitz III (a labor camp), also called Monowitz. We also visited Birkenau. I do have some photos from there too, but those have to wait to my text post.