I spent a week in Denmark, doing conferences and of course taking pictures. It’s not the most visually dramatic place but you can find good shots anywhere when you’re in tourist mode with fresh eyes.
It’s really hard to arrive in Copenhagen without going through the Central Station, which is very efficient. It’s not a standout among Europe’s steel-and-glass train temples, but they’re all fun to look at.
The city is kinda flat and grey and sensible; but there’s water everywhere and you gotta love that.
The “goto;” conference ran twice; Thursday-Friday in Copenhagen and then Monday-Tuesday in Aarhus; more or less the same speakers. (I’d like to say “Århus” but then I’d also have to say “København”.) We had the Saturday between off, and on a recommendation from Lauren I went a half-hour up the Elsinore train-line to the Louisiana Modern Art museum. The ride was fun and Louisiana’s location is dazzling, green terraces stepping slowly down to the ocean. Here are some Modern Europeans among the Modern Art.
The permanent collection is nice but mostly not really my kind of thing. But I liked the big installation piece, Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson; they took a whole wing of the museum and filled it two or three feet deep with black dirt and rocks and an actual little river running through; a piece of the Arctic, it felt like, right here where you could walk around on it, pick the rocks up, dip your fingers in the water, whatever.
On the Sunday they put the conference speakers on a four-hour bus trip to Aarhus. We stopped at Nyborg for a leg-stretch, where I found a couple of first-class Nordic Visual Cliches waiting for the camera.
Aarhus itself is a sane little place; green, grey, and quiet, manifestly walkable. If you wanted to live in a small Scandinavian city you could do a lot worse. All my pictures are of the people at the conference except for this.
The last evening back in Copenhagen, we walked down the Strøget shopping street and some of its side alleys.
It’s touristy but there’s a bit of honest buzz, and everybody likes bright lights on wet cobblestones.
Trifork are the people who put on the shows, and they do a good job of it. Thanks to them for the invite and I could see going back sometime.