Torgdagen – The Value of The Local Coastal Culture

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Every year since 1977 the coastal culture from the local areas surrounding Bergen, especially towards the west, has been celebrated at en event called “Torgdagen i Bergen”. This area supplied the city with much of its food, workforce and other resources. However, the value of this and of the culture was not very appreciated in the more “refined urban” circles in Bergen. But time changes and now this is a gathering of traditional ships and boats of many sorts, performing local artists, Farmers Market and traditional “fast food” vendors. Many people dress up in local clothes of pre-WWII style. And a good time is being had by all.

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The people living around Bergen (where I myself live) are traditionally called “striler”. Initially this was a derogatory name – today it is an honorary one.

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Local vessels of all sorts have an important place in a coastal culture.

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Some more inspired by Viking ships than others.

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The place to be if you want to have a good look around.

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Some ladies are selling traditional food and items.

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Some just relax.

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One needs to see what is going on.

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Or think about what to do next.

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And youth will be youth …

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And romance will always be there …

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PPS Since summer is (more or less) here, my postings will be even more erratic than usual, but hopefully I’ll be back from time to time.


Winter Morning – My Contribution to an Exhibition

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“My” photo club (Bekkalokket Fotoklubb) is celebrating its 40-years jubilee with an outdoor exhibition of large-format prints. The photo above is my contribution. It was shot in January 2010 not far from where I live. The temperature at the time was -20 degrees …

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Still Testing – in Oslo

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Once or twice a year I have to go to a hospital in Oslo (the Norwegian capital) for a medical follow-up for a few days. And this time I brought my new Olympus along. Here I have tried to catch the evening atmosphere outside the hospital.

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And a bit more atmosphere at the local tram station.

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A bicycle is always an interesting object for a photographer. I found this one basking in reflected light on the side of a fast food restaurant near the hospital.

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And of course also a photo of the inside of the hospital – a hospital with a somewhat unusual internal architectural layout.

And the follow-up? It went very well. And so did the camera do.

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