I registered a username on Instagram several years ago, and have been considering whether to do something with it, or not. However, as of this week, I am jumping in. My debut as: harbelphotographer
A couple of days ago, I posted my first photograph. It was a difficult decision for me to figure out which photograph to post, as the very first. I decided that the thing to do was make a small statement for mankind and post a photograph that I made a few years ago a little north of Copenhagen.
A very famous Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen, probably best known for his ‘Egg Chair’, or the very famous stacking chair, known as the ‘7-chair’ was behind the development of an area north of the city. The area incorporated housing, a cinema, a bathing club (a screened off members club, where those brave enough would bathe in the cold water separating Denmark and Sweden year-round) and various other buildings.
Arne Jacobsen’s style of design was very much about form, function and utility, along the lines of Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. Sparse and elegant. My favourite designs of his, alongside the Egg Chair and the Swan, are a gas station, and a lifeguard tower, as well as the clock above, located near the baths.
I find it very compelling that the clock in it’s simplicity is stopped in perpetuity at 12:05. I find this telling, in a world where climate change needs to again move to the front burner. Is it 5 minutes to 12, or is it 5 minutes after 12? Should I have shown up 10 minutes sooner? Are we too late?….. You decide.
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