“Threes” is this week’s photo challenge: … a three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:
- An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
- A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
- A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.
In keeping with the overall theme of my blog *and* where I live in this world, I thought I’d share a set of images from Bryggen, the Hanseatic Wharf of Bergen.
I’m sure many will recognize that familiar silhouette of my first image, but how many have been able to explore the alleys … and really focus on the construction of these ancient planks and walls?
The characteristic rows of houses with their gables facing the sea are an example of a type of architecture that has existed for almost 900 years. The buildings that go to make up Bryggen were constructed in parallel rows at right angles to the front of the quay placed on one or two sides of a common passageway between the buildings.
And from UNESCO’s World Heritage website:
The preservation of the buildings commenced on a larger scale in the 1960s and had made major progress by 1979, the year of inscription on the World Heritage List … The solutions and methods chosen have been well documented, and limiting the replacement of original materials has been an objective. Bryggen is built of wood, which is subject to rot, insect attack and ageing. Since 2000, there has been an increased focus on maintaining original methods and building materials in the restoration, with careful consideration given to the choice of material, paint, plugs … and the use of original tools as far as possible.
To walk through Bryggen’s alleys is to truly feel as if you’re taking a step back in time! Do these three images help you experience that journey? (More photos for your virtual trip can be found here, and here is where this part of the world is located on the map.)