Monday, June 24, 2024

The Kiss

The Kiss
Funny how things work. Two weeks ago, I read a long thread online somewhere about artworks that inspired other artists. And I just happened to rewatch Shutter Island that same week. There is a scene in that movie that references this painting. Gustav Klimt's The Kiss. And then last Sunday I visited the weekly flea market at Hötorget and the first thing I noticed was a print of that painting! So I guess I should have bought it. But cycling 35 km with it sounded a little too hard.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Arvfurstens palats

Arvfurstens palats
Arvfurstens palats at Gustav Adolfs torg. The building was constructed in the 1790s for Princess Sophia-Albertina, designed by Erik Palmstedt. A haunted house according to Bengt, one of my long time Flickr contacts. Today you will find the Ministry for Foreign Affairs here. This building sits next to the Prime Minister's residence that I showed you a few days ago.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Another day, another walk, you know it!

Another day, another walk, you know it!
A phrase used by Daniel, a Dutch YouTuber living in Stockholm. I found his YouTube channel three years ago. That day, I had been out walking with a friend. We made our way around Lake Magelungen and when I got back home I Googled the lake looking for a few facts and by doing so I stumbled upon Lets Walk Around Stockholm. A walking channel where Daniel walks and talks as he makes his way around Stockholm and the suburbs. He had just uploaded his walk from the same lake, which I thought was a fun coincidence, so I left a comment about that and started watching his channel. Always fun to see what other people see and focus on while walking the streets of Stockholm. I took these sixteen photos two days ago, they are from Drottningatan. Gamla brogatan. Östermalm, Blasieholmen, Kungsgatan and Slussen.

Friday, June 21, 2024

The Contortionist

The Whale The Contortionist Quite the performance The Contortionist The Contortionist The Contortionist
Well, this young woman blew me away. I noticed what looked like a whale skeleton in the middle of the Sveavägen street during the street food festival, so I walked over for a closer look. And then I saw her. Standing there. Silent. Looking right at me. After what felt like a long time, weird music started playing, and that's when I realized that she was a contortionist. Her fifteen-minute-long performance was world-class. It was the best balancing act I have ever seen. And as you can probably guess, I took way too many photos of her. I googled a bit and found out that the sculpture is called VAL. Made by Tom Brand. And the contortionist is most likely Marina Cherry from the US, but based here in Stockholm. More photos of Marina in my flickr album.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Street Food Festival

Sveavägen Lars Strömgren Sveavägen Dunder Over there Stockholms Serie & Skivhandel Sveavägen Kaffeluckan Street Food Festival Singha Musicians Övergångsställe
In the second photo here, you can see Lars Strömgren. A keen cyclist, so a good person. Also, a politician. And in charge of the traffic situation in Stockholm. His title is Trafikborgarråd. Lars is a member of Miljöpartiet. The Green Party. And the guy who decided to close off a stretch of Sveavägen for four weekends this Summer. A street that normally sees very heavy traffic. And in doing so managing to upset a lot of motorists, which I kinda enjoy. Anyway, that stretch was filled up with people this last weekend, quite a few of them locals living along the normally busy street. But for two days it turned into a street food festival. I was there both Saturday and Sunday, because why not. These photos are from Saturday, when you could enjoy a lot of Thai food and more.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Way Out Farsta

&nova
It is Summer. Which means that there are festivals everywhere. Big and small. Cycling home from a street party in Stockholm, I could hear music from a park in Farsta, so I pedaled that way. It was the second ever rock festival, Way Out Farsta. They took that name to poke fun at one of the largest festivals in Sweden. Way Out West in Gothenburg. This event was much smaller. On stage when I arrived was a three-piece band called &nova. A punk band. Lumi, Filippa and Joel. I did what my brother used to do at the annual rock festival in Tungelsta, I tried counting the crowd. Maybe three hundred people spread out on the green lawn and elsewhere in the park, eating and drinking. Listening to the young bands performing while the younger siblings were playing their games. A bit of fun for everyone.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Vattentorget

Vattentorget Barfotaturister Vattentorget Bike path A smart bag Gamla stan Photographers Vattentorget Spot the bike path Munkbroleden Fish passage Vattentorget Vattentorget The brother's bike
A new square opened to the public at Slussplan earlier this month. Vattentorget. The water square. It is part of a still ongoing project at Slussen in Stockholm. A new sluice has been constructed. Named after our future Queen, Victoria. It connects Lake Mälaren with the Baltic Sea. Located between Södermalm and the old town. Lots of history here. This is the fifth version of Slussen. The first one was constructed five hundred years ago. The new square became an instant hit. There are walkways and benches everywhere. There is a new fish passage. The boats will have to wait for a few years longer before they can pass through, though. A rock club will soon open, as will a few other places. I was there both on Saturday and Sunday. Parked the bike and went for a walk. Testing out the different benches and snapping away left and right. This first bunch of photos are from Saturday. One of the bike paths here is not marked out, which will cause all sorts of trouble. Hopefully that will be fixed quickly before any accidents happen.

Monday, June 17, 2024

City Hall in June

Tying the knot A colorful couple Wedding Photography Sankt Erik
Four photos from Stockholm City Hall. A wedding couple waiting for their turn to tie the knot. A colorful Asian couple enjoying lunch in the garden. I like how he films the area, trying not to look like he is filming the area. Next, three people, four if you count me, taking photos of yet another happy couple soon to be married. In the fourth and last photo, a flag with Sankt Erik, the patron saint of Stockholm. It was a very fine day. I came home with a lot of photos from different places in the city. My ebike is still at the repair shop, so I used one of my normal bikes, and wow, it sure is a bit tougher riding 70 km without the pedal assist!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Royal Guard

Royal Guard
I took a few days off with the street photography. And with the Stockholm documentation. You need a break sometimes. But I was back at it again yesterday. A nice Summer day it was. I visited quite a few different places and the cameras were hard at work. The joy of photography was back, so the little break did me good. Walking past the Royal Palace, I decided to take a few portraits of the Royal Guards. Högvakten in Swedish. Whenever I do that, I always give them a little nod before I take their photo, and they always give me a nod of approval back.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Sagerska palatset

Sagerska palatset
Sagerska palatset, or Sagerska huset, depending on who you ask. The official residence of the Swedish Prime Minister at Strömgatan. Built for a diplomat called Sager. The family owed the property for around a century, before the Swedish state bought it.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Gastropods

Gastropods
Out walking in nature. The plan was to take a photo of a house where there once lived a famous woman. She also lived at a nearby castle, which I had photographed 15 minutes earlier. But before I could my planned, photo, I snapped this of the two gastropods making out. We call them Vinbergssnäckor. The French eat them, I am yet to try that.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

East and West

Orange, red and blue Before the hailstorm
I took a bike ride around Österhaninge yesterday. 16C. Sunny, although quite a lot of clouds gathering during my ride. Here are two photos from two different golf courses. One in Österhaninge. The other in Västerhaninge. Back when my great-grandfather was around, he was Mayor in what was then the Västerhaninge municipality. Later, East Haninge and West Haninge became one. I like the top photo best here best. I noticed the three golfers wearing different colors, so I stopped for a photo. Earlier, in Västerhaninge I stopped at a bus stop to drink some water, and that is when I snapped the second photo.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Jungle

Jungle
Very cool mural at Hagagatan in Stockholm, near Odenplan. Been there for seven years. Made by Carl Adam Kjellström and Alex Culafic. It took them a week to finish the artwork. And 400 spray cans. It is a big one, 14 by 23 meters, so they also used a skylift.

Monday, June 10, 2024

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Only been a week since my last photo of the old tree, but here it is again. Looks a bit different, as always. No one else around. This is one of just three photos I managed to take on this day. I took another bike for this ride. More suited for off-road cycling, so riding it mostly on the road is harder. Looks like I have what is known as a "pyspunka" on the bike I used the day before this and I am yet to fix that. The forecast for today says 10C, whatever happened to Summer?