Inside Out

Stockholm is just the place for museum and art lovers. There are hordes of fantastic collections to be enjoyed all over the city. A city favorite is the iconic Fotografiska in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, a potent centre for contemporary photography. The building itself is worth a visit. An Art Nouveau style building from the early 1900s, it was once used for the customs control of goods. The original brick facade has been retained while the interior has been renovated to showcase intriguing collections all year round. Some celebrate well known artists while others promote new talent. The restaurant at the top floor offers delicious food, coffee as well as panoramic views of the water and neighboring islands of Djurgården and Skeppsholmen. No wonder that the seats by the windows go the fastest!

Last weekend Mr.A and I went for a visit and spent almost all day there. “Inside Out” is a series of x-ray prints by photographer Nick Veasey wherein he explores what things actually look like deep within. It is an eye-opener for sure. The artist works with both unusual subjects as well as everyday objects. What surprised me most was the scale as seashells and flowers featured in the shots, but there was also a full size bus and an airplane! The artist works in a giant workshop which is isolated & insulated to prevent radiations. For the same reason, skeletons instead of humans are used in Nick’s work. The subjects are x-rayed (is that a verb?) in one or several frames depending on their size. The output reveals their ‘gut’ in splendid ways, enough to make us visitors ponder over them for hours… 📸

 I will soon write about the other major exhibition that I saw that day, quite different from this one, but just as enthralling 🙂 Have you been to Fotografiska? What exhibitions did you enjoy? You haven’t? Well, then you simply must!

Have a happy week ahead!!

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition

The Game of Thrones exhibition came to Stockholm for the first time this year. Mr.A and I have massive love for that show, so of course, we simply had to head out to Kungstragården, get into a long queue for the better part of two hours to get an entry to the GoT world. So exciting!

At the entrance, we could get a photo sitting upon the Iron Throne. That was quite enough to make my day. But there was more awaiting us inside. Costumes and props that were actually used during the shoot were on display. Gorgeous gowns donned by Cersei, Danerys and Sanza. Armours worn by Jon Snow, Tyrion & Jaime Lannister. The dragon eggs before they hatched. The Mountain’s sword. The White Walkers’ Master. There were some cool activities, too. You could get ‘torched by a dragon’ – they made a video of you being incinerated by the flames from a dragon’s fangs 🙂 You could be ‘turned by a White Walker’ – they transformed your photo so you had icy blue ices and snowy hands hair 😉 But the best one was where you got a 3-D tour, a ride upon the winch elevator to the top of the Wall at Castle Black, an experience created with a Sony Oculus, mixed with sound and effects of movement and wind. It was a real ride, and at the end of it, the effect was that you were toppling down the wrong side, north of the Wall, into the Haunted Forest! Very cool, I say 😀