Photographer's Note

Lately I have posted a number of photos showing red wooden buildings and fences on Södermalm island in Stockholm. Today I decided to create a red theme to honour what is no doubt the national colour of Sweden. Forget about our blue and yellow flag. Our national colour is no doubt "Falu rödfärg", the red paint derived mainly from an ancient copper mine in Falun in central Sweden.

Today's main photo shows an ordinary small street on Södermalm, separated from a schoolyard and playground by a red wooden fence. It was taken on a sunny and relatively warm Sunday recently, when a young family hade decided to enjoy their lunch in the street. I liked the atmosphere, so I took a photo. I had no intention to show it here, until I got the idea for a theme and started to look for suitable pictures.

Click Map: view to see where this was taken.

Two WS photos were taken within maybe 200 meters from this spot.

Copper mining at Falun started already in the days of the Vikings and didn't stop until 1992. The extraction of by-products used for the red paint is expected to finish towards the end of this century. It was learned already in the Middle Ages that these pigments could be used for paint, and large scale production started during the 18th century.

Today you will find red wooden buildings – large and small – and red fences all over Sweden. Most urban Swedes dreaming of a summer house in the countryside will imagine themselves in a red wooden cottage. Many Stockholmers who don't want to leave the city may dream of moving to a culturally listed 18th century red cottage on Södermalm. If they have the patience to wait for 25–30 years, it could be theirs. Such houses are all owned by the city and are not for sale. It's just a matter of waiting.

Don't forget the WS!

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11289 W: 547 N: 21822] (95238)
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