Global communities fascinate me – yes, you might say I’m addicted:-). I was invited to join ‘24 Hours of Flickr’, a day-long global photo project. The challenge was to grab your camera and whatever else needed and chronicle the day in pictures.

The event will be commemorated by a companion 24 Hours of Flickr book, which will contain a selection of photographs chosen from the group. Additionally, the group’s photos will be featured at Flickr events around the world this summer.

So off I went to Oslo with my Nikon Cool Pix S2, fully charged. I took about 50 pictures touring around, looking for the scoop of the day. I had a great time although I’d hope the weather would have been better. It was cloudy, a bit windy and around 15C (60F). I met a lot of people including a nice, young couple from Poland exploring the capital of Norway and a fan of Roald Amundsen, the Polar explorer and Thor Heyerdahl, our famous ethnographer and adventurer.

Among all the captured impression and adventures of my afternoon trip in Oslo today, I have decided to share a few from a famous Norwegian sculptor; Skule Waksvik:

Skule Waksvik 1989 at Aker Brygge in Oslo

He is born in Strinda on the 22nd of December 1927 and his motive is mostly from nature, animals and women often placed in public places. This sculpture is placed at Aker Brygge; for more than a hundred years a shipyard, but in 1982 the old wharf was turned into a modern place with restaurants, shops, offices, luxurious apartments and leisure-boat docks. On the other end of Aker Brygge square, I found another sculpture of Waksvik:

Skule Waksvik; Lady at the dock

The first picture in this post will be posted at the 24 hours of flickr as only one picture can be presented there. Here at my blog of course I can do what I like, so I’ll share a few more from my day in Oslo:

Sailing ship in front of Akershus Fortress

Oslo Fountain

Just for the fun of it: Do you think I’ve chosen the right pic for the contest, or would you have picked on of the last two?

29 Comments

  1. i think you chose well. i really like where the sculptor chose to accent with color. makes it kind of whimsical.

  2. I thing you’ve chosen the good one! This pic is original dark body and colored accessories! you had a funny afternoon! Oslo seems to be a pleasant town with nature! I like the big cities where you can find nature and parks! You are in the town and 15 meter after you arrive in middle of trees, plants, quiet places!

  3. Those are provocative poses. Love it! ANother lovely set of photos from Renny! Anyway, hope you have a nice weekend!

  4. I agree with your choice!
    Original and unexpected!

  5. Thanks for the photo Renny and I like the lady in the dock but just wondering why the sculptor chose to display her naken?

  6. I like the red shoes of the statue :D

    Very original :D

  7. Opening your blog the nude with hat “jumped” in my eyes, lol! and the first thing I thought was “Freud” without reading anything. He must have had an hat obsession this Mr. Waksvik ! I prefer the children sculpters on your other picture. The place seems to be very beautiful !
    I wish you good luck with Flickr I think you did a very good choice ! Thanks for stopping by in “my” zoo !

  8. My previous comment must’ve gotten chewed. Just the last two for me, i like the ship! =D

  9. @Lime: Thanks! Glad you liked it:-)

    @Claudie: Glad you approved!
    I so agree with you and actually the nature (fjords, wods and mountains) are all in walking distance from Oslo.

    @Chase: I knew you would appreciate it:-)

    @Sidney: Thanks my great photo blogger friend!

    @Shionge: Because he love nature and the natrual look I guess.

    @Duke: Yes, that caught my eye too:-)

    @Gattina: Glad you red the whole post then and thanks for your approval:-)

    @aka R’acquel: Thanks for the visit and for sharing your opinion too!

  10. Expat Traveler

    very cool!

    Yes flickr can get addicting, if you have time!

    great pics. :)

    Dark weather more…

    Ah need to get in some rainy shots, no time lately.

  11. wow great pictures sir… how can i join the “24 hour flickr” i want to join too :D

  12. The first two will catch their attention :)

  13. I would have picked the second one but as my long term readers know I am partial to ladies in red shoes :0)

    Thanks for the visits appreciated. Oh and it was not an eagle, I wish it was! It was a small Swallow flying at breakneck speed hence a wee bit blurred.

  14. I really like the bronze statues.
    At some point in my life I was shaped like that!
    Ahhh memories, or as my husband would say…Ahhh Mamories.
    This 24 hrs of Flickr is intriguing.

    I am still trying to imagine what a conference which features Flickr would be like.
    I guess it is an IT conference for voyeurs. Namely us internet junkies.

  15. OldOldLady Of The Hills

    Oh yes, Renny, I think you chose the right picture! It has a wonderful depth to it and that is a BEAUTIFUL piece…And since he is a famous Norwegian Artist…Well, it’s the right one to my way of thinking.
    GREAT PROJECT, by The Way…!

  16. you made the right choice. but i like your last two photos as well :)

  17. @ET: Thanks for the recognitions. Coming from you who are so active at Flickr, it’s another.
    To all: Go check her Flickrs!

    @Scart: Click the Flickr banner in my post!

    @Teena: Almost 200 views at Flicker so far:-)

    @Mrk: It was hard to chose you know:-)

    @Lynn: Glad I could take you down your memory lane then:-)
    A conference would have been great. Not only blogging connects people you know!

    @OldOldLadyOnTheHills: Thanks and so well said:-)

    @Tin-tin: Glad you approved and liked the two others too of course:-)

  18. I ‘ll go right downtown to Aker Brygge to meet this beautiful woman with her charming hat;))

    btw. Just had 2 minutes in between meetings and physical treatments…

  19. All of the picture are excellent, but I like the first one best. It has personality. It’s unique and I am glad to have seen it.

    She’s just so out there…and proud of it.

  20. Captain Lifecruiser

    Oh, no, I’ve turned into bronze!! *giggles*

    I think I’m getting severe Altzheimers ;-) I thought that I already had comment on this post! *giggles more*

    Oh, you have choosen the exactly right one! These sculptures are drop dead gorgeous. I love the color effects too. Simply wonderful!

  21. Your choice is really original. I particularly like the shoes. Congratulations on being chosen to contribute.

  22. Oh Renny, I think you’ve chosen the right one! I completely forgot about the 24 hours of Flickr. I can’t believe it. I guess I was too busy buying a new camera. I really enjoyed all of your photos.

  23. I’m partial to the high heels!

  24. 24 hours?wow!!i love the first pic and the sailing sailing ship,Renny!you have a good skill :)

    btw,i think i didnt be able to reply to the ecard that you sent for us on our wedding anniv..let me take the opportunity to thank you here.

    you`re really a sweet and nice blog friend :D

    hugggss!

  25. You made the perfect choice. Both sculptures are very unique but the first one has a very feminine attitude.

  26. I think you have chosen the right subject which was the sculptures. I particularly like the first one…a bit britney spears pose there *hi hi hi*

  27. Mother of Invention

    Definitely the statue and I also like the first statue with the red shoes!! So much more interesting and unique!

  28. @TorAa: Say hello from me then!

    @Shoshana: Glad you liked it and I’m so agree!

    @Lifecruiser: I though it was you too – that’s why I stopped and shoot the pics you know:-)

    @TheArtist: A great honer to have a recognition from you!

    @Lisa: Thanks and it’s not to late to participate!

    @Shadowalcon: Me too;-)

    @Ghee: I knew you would like it!
    You haven’t, but I’m glad you got it:-)

    @Mar: I was also fascinated by the feminine attitude.

    @Thess: Yea, the pose was great too.

    @MotherOfInvention: Glad you liked it too:-)

  29. LOVE those HAT ladies!!! :)

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