Picture of the Week

17 July 2015

Week 29: last days in Aarhus, back to work

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I spent the weekend and the beginning of the week in Aarhus before flying back to Alicante Tuesday evening. So most of the images are still from my hometown, with a few from the office at the end to finish the week.

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Lars’s daughter Marie came with her son Lauge, almost 2 years old, on Saturday night. Lauge assumed his position at Lars’s desk:
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I put my old 90mm Leica lens on the modern Fuji X-T1 camera and shot a couple of portraits of Lauge and Marie:
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There is some construction taking place near Lars’s apartment. At one point he was chatting with one of the supervisors while I took a quick snap of his assistant in the van:
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Lars’s neighbourhood in central Aarhus is the oldest part of the city. It is known as the Latin Quarter even though the university is a couple km away, but close enough for some students (and teachers) to live in the area. There is a certain feeling of community, plus a lot of artistic expression, such as short stories on benches and walls. This one is about a cross-eyed astronomer living on this street (whether he exists or has existed, I don’t know):
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This story is about a man who counts everything:
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On this trip I spent a bit more time than usual just walking around the neighbourhood, looking for small details. Here, remnants from a birthday party, evidently (paper flags are common accessories at Danish parties):
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Next to someone’s door:
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“Our place”:
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This is one of those places which I have photographed every time I have been to Aarhus in recent years, but until now I have not been happy with the results. This time I am:
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This is the wall of Katedralskolen, the “Cathedral School” which dates back to medieval times (today it is just a normal high school). On its wall are plaques highlighting notable alumni, such as this doctor born in the 16th century who rose to be the king’s personal physician; he also researched runes and other aspects of ancient Danish history. He died in Copenhagen during a plague epidemic:
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As usual, Lars and I visited ARoS. I never, ever, get tired of the Rainbow Panorama on the roof, a completely different way of looking at my town:
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I also never get tired of the architecture of the place:
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And then there is the art–several floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Here is a silent onlooker:
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And slightly less silent onlookers:
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On the way to another exhibition:
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Art:
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Variations of the Swiss flag:
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Unintentional match:
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A room for artful photos of each other. Lars taking a picture of me, I think:
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A selfie:
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Another one of Lars:
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Alongside the Rainbow Panorama on the roof, “Boy” on the lowest level is the most popular of the permanent works of art at ARoS:
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On Monday evening, my last in Denmark this time around, we again found ourselves at Fermentoren, a highly civilized bar no more than 200 meters from Lars’s front door:
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Tuesday morning, we drove out to the school where Lars teaches photography to take something there. This is the kind of roads on which he commutes to work (on bicycle), less than 15 km from the centre of Aarhus:
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I took advantage of the opportunity to make a couple of environmental portraits of Lars in his kingdom:
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This one very much inspired by Arnold Newman’s portrait of Stravinsky:
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And then it was back to Alicante, and back to work and another wine tasting Thursday evening. Our recently retired friend Takis would never miss a tasting:
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I used to be Maria’s boss, back in 2007-2009, when I first joined this agency:
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My wife (left) talking to Ana:
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The final image:
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