I visited Norway for the first time recently for a city break in Oslo, with mum my travel companion. I went with the idea of taking photographs and not visiting museums or galleries for this trip wanting to document the city as I strolled about collecting images of the ordinary scenes I saw on route. We were staying in the Toyen area of the city so after getting checked in we went out for a walk, it was very close to the Botanical Gardens and Munch Museum.
Doing a little research before I went, it was apparent I needed to do a bit of the tourist trail. Mum was quite happy to go where I wanted too. I was keen to see the Barcode Buildings in particular, a new development of architecture in the city near the Opera House and central station. They are beautifully designed and each one individually unique. I was photographing them from every angle, every time I passed them and even from the top of the Opera House. I loved the clean lines, tones and reflections they projected. Here is just a few shots I took, cranes and graffiti and all!
I also wanted to go and see the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park, all sculptures build by artist Gustav Vigeland and Norway's top tourist attraction. It has the largest human sculpture built by a single artist from one piece of stone and took 14 years to complete, quite spectacular and around 200 others all over the park.
We walked across the city stopping by a few shops and browsing in windows as we passed by, capturing street scenes with trams and potters wares. I was on the hunt for a 50s/60s cafe I'd read about but never came across it, so was content in just going with the flow and seeing what we stumbled upon.
I also wanted to visit the trendy streets of Grunerlokka and Gronlands and it was purely by chance they were very close to Toyen where we were staying. There was lots of cool urban scenes to photograph along the way with yellow and greys, always a top colour combination for inspiration and plenty to see and do once there. Graffiti and street art all about. There was a local festival on so we soaked up some Scandi sun, ate in cafes, looked in shops and sat in parks listening to music.
On the final day we only had a few hours before leaving so revisited the Opera House which we'd seen on the first morning. Going back again when it was quieter meant I could shoot more photographs. It was a gorgeous walk in and we spent a lovely few hours exploring more and grabbing one last bite to eat before making our way to the airport.
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