On my way home from work I pass a curious place. It is a double bridge with the upper part for cars and pedestrians and then there is the underneath level for the metro underground trains. Underneath this bridge there is a really shoddy place in otherwise very nice and posh quarters.
Under the Bridge
This is my first under the bride picture. It is one of the bridges across Kungsgatan a very well known street here in Stockholm.
I liked the pattern here it looks a bit greek or perhaps even byzantine in origin but I don’t know who painted it or what the story behind this is really.
It does show however that it pays keeping a keen eye out for interesting angles when doing street photography. I would not have found this interesting subject otherwise, that is for sure.
Kungsgatan means The King’s Street and we also have of course Drottninggatan which means The Queen’s Street here in Stockholm. Kungsgatan and Drottninggatan cross each other very close to Hötorget, a city square where people sell things in an old fashion way still in the middle of the city. You can pick up pretty much anything from this street market, and there is a certairn word for the paintings generally sold here they are sometimes referred to as ”hötorgskonst” hötorget artworks and that generally means they are paintings done by not so good painters often copying classicl paintings or the every so popular crying children that was sold in the seventies and eighties.
The above bridges are two bridges that runs between slussen and the city center. These bridges are connecting the south end of Stockholm with the old town and with Riddarholmen. The first image is beneath the bridge built to carry the rails for the Stockholm Metro. Many people admire the view when they take the metro of the green or red line between Gamla Stan and Slussen, two very busy metro stations. There are ideas of making this a tunnel instead going beneath the water and getting rid of this bridge which has always been a bit troublesome. For one thing it is very tight and you can not work on it while trains are running.
The second bridge also carries rail but also road traffic into the city. On this bridge you see the commuter trains Pendeltåg and the trains going to more far away destinations south of Stockholm. This bridge has been called the wasp waist of the train traffic in Stockholm. Right now there is a great project to tunnel the railroad and increase the capacity further with a minimum of 2 new rails, this project is called Citybanan.
This bridge is also at Slussen and part of the mess of roads going around. The address is Sjöbergsplan 11 and it is not a very nice place, I’d avoid this place after hours in the dark since it is probable the place where you might meet some not so nice people.
Sometimes you will find a bit of really nice graphitti under the bridge. This is a road bridge out where I live in Kallhäll where someone painted a vegan message. ”Don’t eat my friend.” Incredibly enough this painting have been left alone for years on the bridge foundation although other parts of it seems to be repainted regularly by the local artists.
I am sometimes fascinated by bridges. They have been around a long time and take many shapes and forms and they are always a bit suggestive to photograph.
Over the years I have been collecting a few bridges and I want to present some of my favourites here.
These bridges are my favourite bridges so far in the world. Of all of them the bridge in Skopje is the most symbolic and the one I like the best. I miss going to Macedonia meeting the great people there and the country side and the food and everything else…