Tallinn 13, 2014

Karin Ott

People familiar with Denmark might recognize the flag in the background. The story is it fell from the sky once the Danes were trying to conquer Tallinn. Now there is a nice monument at the castle in Tallinn to commemorate the event. Time heals all wounds…


Signs of Spring 2

Karin Ott

The artist statement accompanying this body of work from my portfolio:

The concept of spring is vital to the Danish people. We are a nation of bi-polars. At the darkest time of year we have only eight hours of light while at midsummer it gets light at 5 a.m. and only barely dark by 11 p.m. In the winter we ground, bundle up, almost hibernate, and often tempers are as short as the day. In the summer we are transformed to outgoing people eager to make the most of every single moment of the gift of light.

The transition from darkness to light is marked by signs deeply ingrained in the natives. Every child knows the sequence of the flowers – eranthis, snowdrop, crocus – these milestones in measuring the progress. Every adult will stop and sniff the air through layers of winter clothes on the day of the undefinable turning point. And we all notice how the sun will finally both warm us to our chilled bones and mercilessly reveal the dirty windows and the dust piled up through the dark months.

Spring is a time of anticipation with summer still far enough in the future to promise to fulfill every dream we ever had.

Skelgårdskirken 7, 2014

Karin Ott

Now how often would you see a fully dressed bishop with four priests in tow strolling past CENTERBURGER? 🙂

The story here is the one I covered. The other images in this series were taken during my preparations for the anniversary and for my own enjoyment but the real objective was to cover the 25’th birthday of the church. To celebrate, the bishop had come and as the church is placed right next to a small mall the procession passed both a burger place and a parking lot.

Locals will recognize this image from the front page of the September issue of Tårnby Bladet (a wooping 21,000 copies).

Peberholmen 7, 2014

Karin Ott

I’ll admit – I didn’t have the courage to clim up on the rocks. I could probably have gotten up but I don’t think I would have gotten back down. Judging from the photographic activity, the view of the bridge from there was great. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have taken this image if I had climbed up together with everyone else.