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It was a quarter past three in the afternoon in early November and the sun was already getting low. It had been a nice day of about 6–8 °C, but it was rather windy and I was getting cold. But before returning home I stopped to take a few photos at this playground.

I noticed that a number of fathers were entertaining the children, while the only mother I could see was sitting on a bench reading a book. This is at Nytorget, an area of high incomes and well educated parents where gender equality is taken for granted in most young families. Most women here have qualified jobs and will not accept sole responsibility for children and household.

Or could it be that the fathers took their time with their children just because it was a Saturday, and also a public holiday?

In some European countries taking photos of children, who are not your own, seems to be an extremely sensitive issue. I don't think it's quite as controversial in Sweden, but in spite of that I made sure to include the statue in the picture. Just in case...

The statue, by the way, is called 'Lek' (Play, or Game) and was made by Bror Hjort (1894–1968) who was one of the best known Swedish sculptors and painters of the 20th century. He is represented in all major art museums in the country, as well as in many public places. 'Lek' has been placed at this playground on Södermalm island since 1935.

An alternative, vertical composition is in the WS.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12130 W: 567 N: 23182] (99898)
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