Friday, May 20, 2022

Training Ships

HMS Antares HMS Astrea
HMS Antares and HMS Astera passing by the Gröna Lund amusement park on their way to Skeppsbrokajen. Two training ships belonging to the Swedish Naval Warfare Centre, or Sjöstridsskolan in Swedish. Photographed from Fjällgatan, a popular lookout point on Södermalm.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Fotografiska

Fotografiska
I don't do museums, but I have of course been to this one, although the fika experience wasnt much to write home about. This is the Fotografiska museum at Stadsgårdskajen on Södermalm in Stockholm. Started by the Broman brothers. Photographed from Fjällgatan. And as I am a real photographer I shot this as a panorama, so this is a couple of photos stitched together. I think Fotografiska have six galleries/museums all over the world by now. The building itself was designed a century ago by the famous architect Ferdidand Broberg.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Artist at work

Artist at work
I was checking up on a few construction sites on Södermalm. Ersta Diakoni are building a new hospital, and on the same property, underground, a new Metro station is also in the works. And while at Ersta I walked in to their old property where you have an amazing view over Stockholm. And that is where I found her. The Artist. Totally ignoring the wonderful view and focusing that smartphone on her "fika". Coffee and a cinnamon roll. I had to constrain myself not to laugh. Then again, she was up there so she probably had a good look at the view and maybe she had already photographed it when I arrived.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Dodecahedron

Dodecahedron
A sculpture at Reimersholme. The man that made it was not a professional sculptor. He was an architect that worked a few years in Stockholm before moving to Västerås. After retiring in the mid 1980s, he lived his last years in Stockholm. His name was Hans Floderus. Oh, and yes, that is the same woman walking by the sculpture.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Tulip time

Tulips Tulips
Two recent tulip photos. I had to show them to you, as William is up and running with his loooooooong series now. Taken with the mirrorless Canon on different days at two different parts of Stockholm. I found the first scene where I knew it would be. At the park at Vita Bergen. The White Mountains on Södermalm. Close to a church that sits high up on the hill. The park itself below and around the church is very popular year round. The second photo was more unexpected. There are, (still), a few places in the Capitol that I almost never visit. Reimersholme is one of those places. But I was there with a camera the other day, so chances are that you will see a few more photos from there soon. Anyhoo, the tulips were planted along the scenic beach promenade on this little island.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Maria kyrka

Maria kyrka Evert Taube Headstone
St. Mary Magdalene Church and cemetery, Bellmansgatan, Södermalm. Construction started in 1588. A very quiet spot in Stockholm, but at the same time just a few meters from the busy Hornsgatan street. On my recent visit, I counted maybe 7 people here. One guy reading from a bench. Three locals discussing current events. One woman just using the cemetery as a shortcut, and two people talking at the door to the old church. I decided to photograph a few headstones, and this is probably the most famous people resting here. The beloved troubadour Evert Taube, and his wife Astri.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Seven Wells Way

Seven Wells Way
Back at the Woodland Cemetery, or Skogskyrkogården. This is the 888-meter-long Seven Wells Way. Sju brunnars stig. It starts on the top of the Meditation Hill, Almhöjden, behind the group of people that you can see in the distance. It ends just behind me at one of the big chapels at the cemetery. As they walk towards the chapel, it gets darker and darker around them because of the different trees planted along the path. All thanks to the two architects that designed this World Heritage Site a century ago.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Stockholms stadsbibliotek

Stockholms stadsbibliotek Parklife
A famous building along Sveavägen in Stockholm that sees around one million visitors annually. The Stockholm Public Library. Designed by Gunnar Asplund, the same architect that designed the Woodland Cemetery that I have shown you quite a few photos from lately. Asplund also designed the park here, some of what you can see in the second photo. There is a big fountain in the park, but there was no water in it on this visit, so I will have to go back for that photo. I have read a couple of articles about the state of this old library recently, and one word stands out in those articles, and that word is Scandal! A lot of people want Stockholm to build a modern library, just like our neighbors have done in Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Oslo. And they want to see serious renovation plans for this classic building.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

One of those days

Kungsträdgården The Hills The Dudes Skeppsbrokajen
Sköna maj. That means May, the beautiful. Winter is gone. Spring has arrived, and there is a hint of Summer in the air as everything turns green just like that. Everyone is happy, life is good. Here are four recent snaps from Stockholm. From The Kings Garden at Norrmalm. Götgatsbacken on Södermalm. And two shots from Skeppsbrokajen in Gamla stan.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Erlanderhuset

The accordion building
This is a fun building, at least for me as a photographer. It is known by a few different names. Dragspelet is one of them. That means Accordion. It was built back in 1962. The architect was Henning Orlando. It has just over 200 apartments. It is located up on a hill at Marieberg on Kungsholmen. One of the first people to move in was the then Prime Minister Tage Erlander so that is why the building became known as The Erlander building, or Erlanderhuset in Swedish. He lived in a five-room apartment on the seventh floor. It was shaped like this to give as many people as possible a good view from their apartments and balconies

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Graffiti Bar

Graffiti Kök & Bar Graffiti Kök & Bar Årstafrun
Opening soon. Graffiti Kök & Bar at Tanto on Södermalm in Stockholm. Managed by Astrid Hultberg and Gabrielle Söderberg. Designed by the graffiti artist Brain, real name Lee Spångberg, (and a few of his mates), who were spraying around the corner when I snapped these photos a couple of days ago. There is a legal graffiti wall nearby, and previous owners of this café had a lot of problems with graffiti, so the new owners solved that by inviting the graffers to decorate the bar. The third photo might look like just another face, but it isnt. It's made by the street artist Martin Monet. And it depicts The Årsta Lady, who kept a diary between 1793 and 1839. If you understand the local lingo you can read some of what she wrote in the book Årstadagboken. She was friends with Bellman btw. Oh, and the face in the second photo is of Avicii. And yes, that is my ebike in the photo.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Långholmen

Långholmen Boules Murhörnet Kronohäktet The Wall Långholmen Sofieberg
The old prison wall at the island of Långholmen, as well as a the prison itself can be seen in the top photo. Photographed from the Reimersholme island bridge. All the Spring colors exploded last week, which was nice. Entering the island you will often see a group of people playing boules, weather permitting of course. The third photo shows a property called Murhörnet. Translated to English, the wall corner. Also part of the big prison complex, this was the cleaning facility. Built in 1882. Today it houses a wood shop. Notice the prison bars on the first floor. The fourth shot shows the facade of the Kronohäktet. Also known as Långholmens centralfängelse. It housed up to 500 prisoners. More pleasant today as a hostel and restaurant. Just a few meters from the old prison there is today a little beach.In the background Karlhälls gård, a popular place for weddings and what have you. The last photo for today shows Sofieberg. Also known as Gröna huset, the green building. It dates back to around 1850, the style is often described with the Swedish word "Snickarglädje", you might have to Google that.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

$54.5M Aircraft and a 16 photo collage

$54.5M Sixteen Recent Snaps
Hey I'm out plane spotting! Not really though. I was on the ebike riding over a 600 meter long arch bridge in Stockholm known as Västerbron. It can be a tough ride on windy days at least if you are not on an ebike. There are a few sections on the bridge and you can turn off the bridge at the Northern section and go over to an island called Långholmen and that is what I did. Everything turned green this last week and I wanted to beat the crowds at this little island with a rich history and many beaches. More of the history to come, but here is a Gulfstream G 550 and sixteen views from the island. Most of the buildings are on Kungsholmen, but you can also see Riddarholmen, Södermalm,Gamla stan and Norrmalm.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

The Tourists

The Tourists
I parked the ebike on the bridge at Helgeandsholmen, a small islet that sits between the Royal Castle and Norrmalm. It houses the Parliament building, (seen here on the blog before), and down by the water, Strömparterren, (also shown here a while back), from where you can also enter the Medieval museum. The area close to the water is popular with fishers and tourists. Making my way around the area I spotted two tourists shooting selfies like crazy and when they saw me they asked if I could take one of them with their smartphone, which I of course did. A couple of minutes later they were still shooting selfies, this time from a bench outside the museum, so I walked up to them and snapped this portrait.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Café Tårtan

Café Tårtan
Back in the 70s, there were a children's show called Tårtan running on Swedish TV. The Cake. Quite surreal. Made by a couple of artists, so they filmed it in black & white. They had a very tight budget, but they were told that they could do anything they wanted, and that is what they did. They filmed the show at an abandoned bakery on Södermalm. The idea was that three sailors took over a bakery, but had no idea how to operate it, so it was non-stop chaos. All the producers and bosses at the state owned TV Network hated it. But it aired anyway. Ten years later, give or take, it was a cultural icon. Anyway, this is the place. Today a café named after the TV-show. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K4pK3agxjE

Thursday, May 05, 2022

May Day rally

Nooshi Dadgostar The Left Party rally Political Slogan Red Balloon Vänsterpartiet
May Day rally in Stockholm. I'm no leftie so I have never taken part in a May Day rally. But I do have a few friends that are leaning that way, so I kept an eye open for them when I was out with the camera this year. I actually ended up seeing three different rallies. These photos though show The Left Party. In the top photo, you can see their new leader, Nooshi Dadgostar. She is the brunette in white. I snapped these photos along Skeppsbron in the old town. And it was a massive rally, they just kept coming as I made my way towards Södermalm.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Mr. Walker

Mr. Walker
There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man. Fun sculpture at the little railroad park next to the Central Station in Stockholm. Made by the artist Jan Håfström. It is seven meters high, made from aluminium and weighs nearly two tonnes. You are supposed get a 3-D effect looking at this from a few different angles.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

The view from Fåfängan

Djurgården HMS Trossö Djurgården Djurgården 9 Kastellholmen Stockholm
I parked the bike at the bottom of the hill and took the stairs up to the top of Fåfängan for a look at the view. On the first photo, you can see the amusement park Gröna Lund, and also parts of the islet Beckholmen. On the second and third photos, you can spot parts of Skansen at Royal Djurgården, as well as the auxiliary ship HMS Trossö anchored at Beckholmen. Next, a ferry is heading for Djurgården with Strandvägen and Östermalm as a nice backdrop. On the fifth photo you can see another small islet, Kastellholmen, named after the castle on the top, where the Swedish flag tells us that Sweden is currently not at war, and I sure hope it stays that way. And on the sixth and final photo of the day we can again see Gröna Lund, Beckholmen and a big chunk of Stockholm in the background, including that circular tower I showed you a while back. The name Fåfängan comes from a gazebo that the then owner had constructed there back in the 1770s. Today, there's a popular restaurant/café up here.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Stockholm is expanding rapidly

Stockholm is expanding rapidly
One thousand two hundred and forty new apartments currently under construction by seven contractors along Tegelviksgatan on Södermalm in Stockholm. This is an old bus-depot turned into new a housing area for a number of thousand people. There will also be a new park here somewhere. Photographed as a panorama as I made my way up to the top of the hill at Fåfängan from where you have an amazing view over the city. I will show you those photos tomorrow.

Sunday, May 01, 2022

The Ring Family Headstone

Headstone
Walking through an area at the Woodland Cemetery, I noticed this unusual headstone. I couldn't read all the inscription because of the flowers, but I got the important line. Dear mother and father.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Just a reflection

The Woodland Cemetery
Stopping by the woodland cemetery again. Often just to sit on a bench if it is warm and sunny enough for that, and eat a light lunch. But as I always carry at least one camera with me, and often two, I will take the odd photo while at the cemetery. I liked the colors in the pond on this day, and the reflection from the monument hall.

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Posers

Ta-da! Striking a pose The Pose
I headed back to the King's park on the last day of the Cherry Blossom. It was another fine Spring day. Kungsträdgården was filled with people from all around the world, either taking photos, or posing for them. As I walked around with a real camera, the silent Canon, people came up to me and asked to have their photo taken, not with my camera, but with their smartphones, which I always find very funny. But I obliged, of course.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel vision
This is probably the most photographed foot tunnel in Stockholm. The Brunkeberg Tunnel. A 231 meter long tunnel between David Bagares gata and Tunnelgatan. Constructed back in the mid 1880s. The big opening ceremony back in the day were led by the then King Oscar II. It was a tricky construction job. They blasted their way from one side, but the wet clay on the other side caused a lot of problems. In the end, they opted for a technique invented by an English bloke. So they hired him and his freezing machine.