Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Capturing Antiquity :: Extraordinarily Old Literature from Copenhagen

I spent a few days alone in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July of 2004. And here are the sprinklings of memory that I have of that delightful city: a sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid; writing my first ever short story, "Children the Grass Grew," while sitting in a park beside an inlet from the river (below, from which the bikes had just been salvaged-ish); writing my second short story, "Jolene," the following day in the same park [BRIEF ASIDE: I deliberated a great deal on whether or not to include the stories, as they are assuredly no great literary works, but eventually settled on doing so. Why not? If you care to read them, just click on the hyperlinks above; they will open PDF's containing the stories. And please, do not set your expectation bar too high. And one more foreword: the stories are a bit dark.]...

Canon A-1, FD 20mm f/2.8, Fuji Provia 100F

visiting the star-shaped fort Kastellet, where they were having live field exercises; walking through the very colorful Nyhavn Harbor and taking the requisite tourist photo (below); touring traveling solely by foot...

Canon A-1, FD 50mm f/1.4, Fuji Provia 100F

and attending open-air book sale at a church. This last even was the inspiration for this post. I picked up two things while there: a copy of the Bible printed in 1874 and wearing its age fairly well...

Canon Rebel T2i, Tokina AT-X 35mm f/2.8 Macro

and Jean Jacques Rousseau's Les Confessions printed by the Library of Paris sometime around the 1830s. The photograph below comes from its binding.

Canon Rebel T2i, Tokina AT-X 35mm f/2.8 Macro


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