Exploring Bryggen

by Helen Hooker November. 28, 2018 381 views

I sneaked a few minutes alone early this evening to explore the Bryggen area of Bergen with my camera. These ancient timber buildings were once part of the docks, dating back to the 12th century. Those structures have long since been replaced, but a group of their replacements, built in the 18th century, remain and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I strolled among the buildings, marvelling at their delightfully crooked construction. Many of them are now shops and I treated myself to a very cosy Norwegian hat in one of them.

After half an hour I turned back towards the University, where I was meeting the others. I passed the lake we’d seen from Fløyen earlier in the day, where the Christmas tree was glowing in the dark. The Grieg Concert Hall was also on my route and I hoped I might be able to go inside to take some photos of the architecture. Sadly they hadn’t yet opened the doors for the evening concert so instead I contented myself with some shots of the striking exterior.

Finally, just yards from the University, I discovered this marvellous piece of street art. I immediately recognised it as a picture of the playwright Samuel Beckett. The photo it’s based on was taken by Jane Bown in 1981. Beckett was notoriously camera-shy so Bown caught him unawares in a dark alley near the stage door of the Royal Court theatre. He allowed her to take just five photos and this one has rightly become very well known. It’s great to see a different type of artist paying homage to a wonderful photographer.

28 November 2018

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