The Old Town and its narrow streets
A rather wide street to be in the Old Town. A house is apparently undergoing renovation. The German Church’s tower is in the background.
It’s no secret that I love walking around in Stockholm’s Old Town with the camera. It isn’t big, in fact it’s an islet, but I keep finding and discover new things every time I go there. Besides, the Old Town is a bit of a challenge for a photographer; the difference between the light at the rooftops and the light at street level can be measured in several f-stops and it has happened more than once that I have had to go back on another occasion with different light conditions to get the picture I wanted.
Cloudy skies is not what most of us like, but we get a softer and more even light and it’s a great help when shooting subjects like these. The colours and textures may not “pop” the way they do in sunlight, but that’s not the end of the world. I’m happy as long as I’m able to catch the atmosphere and, hopefully, also be able to convey at least a little of it to you. It now looks picturesque and “cute” but it was probably (like most cities then) a very unhealthy, dirty and stinking place in times gone by and I’m very happy to live “here and now”.
Österlånggatan – I prefer this street to Västerlånggatan, the main shopping street in the Old Town. It’s not as crowded as the latter which means that I can feel the atmosphere better and be more inspired by it. The reincarnated dog in me, you know…
Baggensgatan, a street I have “discovered” recently. It has tried to hide its secrets away from me but now it’s time to reveal them all, little by little and this is the beginning.