It’s about time to blow some life into this blog again! The break became longer than it was first intended to be. But it was well needed and now I have got inspiration and energy back to post here regularly again. Maybe not on a daily basis, but I will at least post a couple or more pictures a week. First out is another one I found in my archives. I captured it in May last year. It’s the Museum of Labor in Norrköping at the blue hour. The building, also known as Strykjärnet (The Flatiron), once hosted one of Norrköping’s many textile industries. This industrial era ended a long time ago but the buildings are preserved and are used for different purposes now. The Flatiron has also been named “the most beautiful industrial building in Sweden” by the well known sculptor Carl Milles.
Monthly Archives: September 2011
This blog have a rest for the remainder of this week. I need a break to get my inspiration back. So this will be the only HDR this week. It’s from my archives, a picture I took in Söderköping last spring. Söderköping is a very picturesque small town in Östergötland, Sweden, just south of Norrköping. The capture is made a couple of hours before sunset, IMO the perfect time to capture beautiful pictures. See you next week!
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about and posted a HDR of the Monument to Charles XII in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. Sometimes that statue ironically is called “The lion surrounded by four cowards”. Just some 100 meters away from that monument you find its counterpart, the Monument to Charles XIII. Consequently this monument is sometimes called “The coward surrounded by four lions”. I’m not sure why Charles XIII is considered as coward but he’s not remembered among the most successful monarchs in the history of our country. He succeeded his nephew Gustav IV Adolf when he was forced to abdicate and go into exile after the loss of Finland to Russia in the Finnish war 1808 – 1809. He also become the King of Norway, as Charles II, when Norway was forced into union with Sweden in 1814. Since his both children with Queen consort Charlotte died at young age he become the last Swedish monarch of the House of Holstein-Gottorp. When he died in 1818 he was succeeded by Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, Marshal in Napoleons French army and the founder of the House of Bernadotte.
Charles XIII may be best remembered as the younger brother of Gustav III of Sweden and the cousin of Catherine the Great of Russia. The statue, at Kungsträdgården, in his memory is made by swedish sculptor Erik Gustaf Göthe and was uncovered in 1821.
The Elk, or Moose if you’re American, have become a symbol of Sweden. So this is a very Swedish picture with both Swedish flags and elks. The picture is captured inside the food hall at Östermalm, Stockholm. It’s a HDR from three handheld exposures. I was trying out ISO 800 here and it works pretty well, but in full format the poorer quality is clearly visible.
Today I upload something more colorful, Östermalms Saluhall. THis is IMO the most iconic building in this part of Stockholm. It was opened on the first of December 1888 after just 6 months of construction. The architects behind this beautiful brick structure was Isak Gustaf Clason and Kasper Salin, two relatively young, but already successful architects. Clason and Salin got inspired by new brick architecture in northern Germany, Italy and France which they had studied during a scholarship-funded trip. In France they took particular interest in the numerous monumental and sophisticated cast iron structures that would later be used as the frame for Östermalms Saluhall’s brick cathedral. Clason later become a professor of architecture with buildings such as the Nordic Museum to his name.
This is how life could look like below deck of a 1600 century warship. The fact that the warship Vasa was relatively well-preserved when she was salvaged have given the after world an impression of the life aboard a warship from this time. This dollhouse version of Vasa with so many wonderful details are IMO a masterpiece of craftsmanship. More about the warship you can read in yesterday’s post about the Vasa museum.