The Eye As The Human Kodak

Sitting on the S-Toget (train) to Hellerup from Copenhagen Central Station today, I slumped into the only available seat at the front of the carriage, next to three, heavily fur dressed inspired ladies that in itself will make anyone look twice.

It made me think; what if our human eyes could save moments and glimpses that evades the instincts of any photographer.

Here I am, probably looking slightly dodgy as my eyes gaze around the carriage, looking at small details, how people are dressed to defeat the sub zero temperatures. I don’t know if you have ever ridden to S-Toget, but when the train pulls in at each station, there is always ONE person that will fall forwards and cling to the best available leverage. If you could take a series of photographs of moments like this, it might just be pretty funny.

There was one particular moment that made me feel like I should have my camera more today though.

Picture the scene. Two women, dressed in furry hats and coats. One had just told the other woman off for sitting on her bag. Both looking in opposite directions, moody faces. There through the glass behind their seat is a mans backpack pushed up tight to the glass with a cartoon reindeer (wearing a t-shirt saying “LOVE DENMARK”) hanging on a key ring. It almost looks like the reindeer is mocking the two women.

Possibly a picture worthy of welcoming all people to Denmark, although I’m not sure it’s what the Tourism sector is looking for in terms of promotion.

Surely you too see things you wish could be transformed to film, to be kept forever, a moment to look back and remember, the emotion of that very split second. It is a shame that we miss so much, or we may have seen, but soon forget.

I urge more of you to take photographs, and I will certainly take it upon myself to try and keep a camera with me at all times.

Okay so not everyone is interested in photography specifically, but here is a good website that is culture/art based and has a lot of great examples of current shows across the UK and elsewhere. Check it out:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/art

COPENHAGEN FOCUS SPECIAL

Today we look at the Oresund Bridge that changed the face of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Stretching a staggering 8-kilometres, it opened in 2000, carrying both road and rail traffic from Copenhagen into Sweden.

Here is a documentary of the bridge thanks to Great Engineering.com and National Geographic.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3


PART 4

PART 5

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