Small is beautiful!

These are my entires for this week’s lens-artists-photo-challenge theme.

There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy – unknown

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Hope you like them.

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Fences!

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Stone fence to protect an old wooden church

A place and a time when the sky and the sea melt in each other.

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A modern fence protecting an old castle on a mountain
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High technology fence to keep the horse in
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Oops! how does he see

These are some of fences for lens-artist-photo-challenge.

A walk in Vigeland Sculpture Park

This week we shall take a tour to the Vigeland sculpture park in Oslo. The Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round.

The Main Gate in granite and wrought iron facing Kirkeveien marks the beginning of the 850 meter long axis that leads over the Bridge to the Fountain on to the Monolith and ends in the Wheel of life. The Main Gate consists of five large gates and two small pedestrian gates in wrought iron. Railings curve outwards on each side and end in two copper-roofed gate houses, topped by guilded weather vanes.

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The gates were designed in 1926. The upper parts, surmounted by lanterns, were redesigned in the 1930’s to replace the older ones. The wrought iron was carried out in a forge which was constructed next to the Vigeland Museum, south of the park. The Main Gate was erected in 1942 and was financed by a Norwegian bank.

joswalk_03sep18_2joswalk_03sep18_3The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

To the north inside the Main Entrance stands Vigeland’s self-portrait (1942). Dressed in his everyday working clothes, with hammer and chisel in hand, he stands as a signature of his own work.

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Among the sculptures in the park the Fountain has the longest history. The idea of a monumental bronze fountain had occupied the mind of Vigeland since the turn of the century. A sketch in plaster, that resembles today’s fountain, attracted great enthusiasm when exhibited in 1906.

Around the first world war Vigeland enlarged his fountain project with a number of large granite groups. And in 1919 an enormous granite column also had become part of the plan. It was not until 1924, when the city left the Frogner fields to Vigeland, that the fountain found its final location. Some changes were made from the original sketch.

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The 20 tree groups were all modelled between 1906 and 1914. Beneath the crown of the trees the life of man, from cradle to grave, unfolds. Our time on earth is at the same time only a part of an eternal cycle with no beginning and no end. After the tree group with the skeleton which is about to decay in nature, follows a tree full of children: From death arises new life.

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This tour was inspired by Jo’s Monday walk theme and since we see different actions in these sculptures, I thought it’s a good idea to link it to this week’s lens-artists-photo-challenge.

In earlier posts, I have exhibited various sculptures in the park, like in  The Monolith.

The information given in the post is taken from park’s website  References: http://www.vigeland.museum.no/en/vigeland-park

Routine travel shots

For Lens-artists-photo-challenge I shall share my routine travel shots though earlier I thought of sharing my captures at cafes in Malaga. oops cafe shots have to wait now 🙂

Yesterday I travelled again and I realized these images show “my” routine moments. I couldnot resist showing them again. Hope you enjoy them.

A book in hand but my eyes are looking out for such cosy settings.

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Not all shots are perfect.

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My routine mistake due the “speed”. 1/nth second late and the focus changes.

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The trees and the small boats are my favourite subjects when watching reflections.

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One might not find them great but these are my real routine moments 🙂

Street Photography: Time to relax

In this post I shall combine two themes  “street photography” and “lens artists photo challenge“.

I am very much fascinated by Brenda’s various photo studies. In one of her post Brenda talks about street photography and I must admit that am not so comfortable while capturing people. It is quite challenging.  The images I present now are quite plain. In my next photo study tour shall try to capture some light and shade effects.

Also for lens artists photo challenge, the theme for this week is time to relax. I decided to capture tourists and showcase the way people relax while travelling and visiting new places.

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Oops these days people spend more time on their mobiles than anything else 🙂

How about me!

We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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In town
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On road
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In a remote place with such cosy setting

I hope you like the images.