A tribute to Svante Svendsen:
Svante was born as Svante Svensson in Scania, Sweden, in 1926. At the age of nine he made a trip together with his parents on the railway ferry between Malmö and København [Copenhagen], but got separated from them due to seasickness. Since then he had to manage "on his own - with the help from others".
Svante is a melancholic man, often seen standing on the Danish waterside looking to and longing for his native country, where he's unable to go due to the seasickness. His melancholy appears very much in 'dreary' poems, where he is writing about his 'dreary' life, although they contain a lot of gallows humor.
For example his romantic ideas about Sweden and Swedes, as "a people that sings Bellman ballads - mouth filled with lingonberry - in the bright birch groves"... These poems became known as "Svantes viser" ["Svante’s Ballads"] in a book written by Danish writer Benny Andersen in 1972.
They had met for the first time in 1946, but were not real friends before 1960 and this unusual friendship lasted until 1971, when Svante "disappeared". So the poems were published and later they were put to music by Benny Andersen and sung by Danish singer Povl Dissing in a very characteristic way.
Of course Svante Svendsen is a fictitious character made up by Benny Andersen, however these songs have come to stand for a lot of the Danish mentality – although the leading character is a Swede. At the inauguration of the Øresund Link in July 2000 they all participated with a 'new song' titled "Længsel efter broen" ["Longing For The Bridge"].
Let's hope Svante lived long enough to make it home!
Image rotated 1,05°CW, cropped, adjusted levels and curves, increased saturation +15 and in blue +25, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 20%, framed and saved for Web.
I've included the official marking for the border between Sweden and Denmark – found at mid-sea in the median between the motorway lanes – as a WS (not shot by me).
This image was meant to go into The Impossible Hunt, but it was impossible as it was shot outside the time peroid... :(
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jiherka (4552) 2005-09-10 19:02
Kaj, you are taken picture when you are driving? In any case, this is a good view of this bridge. When we are driving we do not have time to see the road like this.
Well done Kaj.
maphoto (8082) 2005-09-11 0:14
Nice presentation of the bridge Kaj, it is appealing graphically with interesting details of the structure. Probably the speed at 110 on the sighs above, a particular reason why the one on the right have the red circle off ? Well done.
kent_s (1911) 2005-09-13 8:17
Yet another well known sight for me drove there this morning actually. Your choice of timing when the sign "Sverige" is in a center hight and the road disappears into the eternity is great. Pity tho the road wasn't empty
pamastro (7290) 2005-09-15 0:51
That sky sort of echoes the feel of crossing this vast area of water. The road here seems so lonely as the thin bridge seems as it stretches across the water. So little traffic also adds to that. It's a sort of minimalist image overall and I like it for that. The simple lines posts signs and towers have a certain geometric elegance to them. And in contrast to the hard lines is the curve of the deck as it extends into the distance adding a nice dynamism to the composition. And each shape draws the eye further into this graphic composition. The overall color tone is beautiful. Nice and cool working well with the minimalist look. Excellent capture, especially for taking it while driving. I used to do similar photos on the expressway with the camera being held at the top of the steering wheel, never terribly successful.
AnneFrance (921) 2005-10-25 11:08
and this picture - compo is just great!!!!!!!
nothing else to add!!!!
xuaxo (6854) 2009-07-02 7:10
Very interesting to see the link between the two nations.
Scandinavia is no longer an "island" (as the ancient supposed).
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2442)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-14
- Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/650 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): On the road again..., Øresundsbron [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-10 14:56