Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Copenhagen Postcards

Copenhagen WalkaboutIn between visiting the wonderful Danish museums and art galleries, I spent a lot of time walking about with my camera. Here is a potpourri of Postcards from these walkabouts.


I came away with a bad impression of Danish mass transport following our trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. That is not to say that there are no photographic opportunities involving the train in Copenhagen. I took this shot while waiting for the train on my way back from my visit to the Carlsberg Bryghus. Not surprisingly, I gave up waiting for it and left by this udgang to walk back to the hotel.

Copenhagen Walkabout

The weather during our visit was very unsettled. In the lead-up to a huge storm, the clouds were very billowy. The way the sun was shining on them gave them a lot of tone and texture.

Copenhagen Walkabout

Copenhagen Walkabout

Copenhagen Walkabout


When it wasn't pouring rain, the sun was quite gorgeous. A bright sun makes for great abstract shots using water reflections, such as this tree. I shot it in the water of the Kastellet's moat. If you look closely, you can see two people dressed in white walking on the top of the moat's earthen wall, just beneath the tree.

Copenhagen Walkabout


Here is another tree, springing up out of a paved courtyard, spreading its seed around in vain while a bird struts around underneath.

Copenhagen Walkabout


I was able to add to my Lonely Soldiers collection during my walkabouts. Here are two Lonely Soldiers just sitting alone on a sidewalk early in the morning, as if they are waiting for someone to let them back into the house.

Copenhagen Walkabout


I usually find Lonely Soldiers during my dawn walkabouts, since they are "cleaned up" during the day. Here is one that I discovered upon my return to the hotel at the end of the day. He was just sitting in a bicycle basket pondering the next step in his career path.

Copenhagen Walkabout


I finally made it to Christianshavn. On my walk to the island, I went over the bridge on Torvegade. It appears to be a drawbridge, as does the bridge I used on my way back (on Langebro). That is, they had towers that only make sense to be there if they are used to control the bridge-openings and river traffic. These towers are made from copper, which gives a very nice patina when it ages. The colours and texture of the patina along with the geometry of the lines in the copper drew me in and I did a quick study using them.

Copenhagen Walkabout

Copenhagen Walkabout

Interestingly, you can see the Langebro bridge from the "porthole" in the tower on the Torvegade bridge.

Copenhagen Walkabout


One of my favourite visits on this trip was to the Rundetårn (Round Tower). Christian 4. had it built in 1637 as an astronomical observatory. Instead of stairs, a ramp leads up from the street to the observation platform. If stairs had been used, they would have been quite steep, as you can see in this very short flight of stairs that are near the top.

Copenhagen Walkabout

The ramp is used to access not only the observatory, but also a library and the bell ringer's loft (to the attached church). Moving books in and out of the library and also moving equipment up to the observatory would have been quite a chore. A ramp becomes an obvious choice over stairs, especially one wide enough for a horse and carriage.

Still, the ramp is fairly steep itself as it turns 7.5 times on its way up to the top of the tower. There are no lights, only what is provided naturally from a few windows. It is also crowded with tourists on their way to and from the viewing platform at the top.

Despite these two challenges, I wanted to make a Postcard to show how the light from those windows plays on the white of the walls. The walls are a stark contrast to the dark brick in the floor. I patiently took several photos over a long period of time, which I have pieced together as a panoramic shot.

Copenhagen Walkabout

The hardest part in making the above photograph was waiting for people to move on. Some people liked to stop and look at what I was doing. Other people would stop in one of the alcoves to take a break and look out the window. I usually waited them out, but I accidentally captured someone's shadow just as they passed out of view. It hangs on the wall, like a ghost patrolling the ramp. You may want to go to this version in order to see a full-sized view. Can you spot the "ghost" ?

One of the places I revisited was the Royal Palace. The guards there make wonderful subjects, as you can see in this shot from a few years ago. This time, I caught one of them looking at me while I took his photo. In the stare-down between us, I could hear Al Pacino screaming "YOU LOOKING AT ME?". You may need to click on the photo to go to a larger size in order to see the guard's face.




Here are links to all of my posts from this visit:
Faces of Copenhagen
Copenhagen Postcards
Copenhagen Walkabout - Oddities
Postcards from the Bryghus
Postcards from Louisiana MoMA
A Game of Thrones
Postcards from the Glyptotek

1 comment:

JayM said...

The alcove pano better be a print on your wall when you get home. That is a killer, killer photograph. Probably my favorite of all that I've seen from you.