There’s a certain feeling of excitement when you shoot in a new place, and another when you go to a place you’ve been before. This weekend was a bit of both, since I’d only explored a part of the area the group of photographers from a local FB group heading out went to. I had a clue what to expect, but there was still quite a bit of new stuff to discover and explore.
We traveled across the Bridge (infamous for those who enjoy that crime show) to Örestad, a part of Copenhagen that’s slowly being built with lots of modern buildings and at least in some places innovative architecture. There’s an awful lot of glass, concrete and steel, and that’s not exactly my kind of thing, but I’d say it worked pretty well in several of the buildings. I’m no architecture expert in any way, but it was possible to see how the architects had intended the place to look.
And yet, with the half-finished state of the place I couldn’t help think that it looked very...sterile, devoid of people. It certainly didn’t look like a place where a lot of kids would grow up and call it their neighborhood. That’ll come eventually once they fill in the empty lots with more buildings, but for now it makes for a rather sinister impression I think, especially on a March afternoon when the light was pretty bland and the few trees present had yet to sprout their leaves.
My favorite location was definitely the inner courtyard with the grassy knolls. It had a rather Japanese zen garden feel to it with all the glass, steel and concrete of the building surrounding it and yet there were these organic, very green roundish shapes rebelling against all the uniformly square, triangular and rectangular. I definitely liked how they’d done that!