In 1978 I “acquired” my husband’s Pentax MX camera. I thought it might be nice to take a course and learn some basics of photography, and took a 3-month night course at Friundervisningen in Bergen, Norway.
I don’t remember much of what we learned, but I don’t think composing images was on the agenda; mostly it was the basics.
At the end of the course, we had a day at the local market – Torget. Each of us was to shoot a 24 exposure black and white film, then hand it in. The teacher developed and graded the photos. I also had with me some color film and slide film and shot two extra rolls for good measure.
I didn’t do well, and was told my images weren’t too good. It really discouraged me for a long time.
Just now during the holidays I decided to go through all my old negatives and found the ones of the film that was shot on the Torget. I have scanned the negatives themselves. They are in terrible shape and there has been a lot of patching and cloning and some noise removal to make the images presentable. I think after a year of learning PS I will probably go back and rework these, but wanted to share them with you.
Things have changed a lot at the Market. It has become more polished and tourist oriented. We used to buy our fish, veggies, and flowers from many of the people in these photos. Many of them have passed away. The images of these people are very dear to me and I am glad I took the time to do this work.
The first photo is of the section of the Market where they sell fish.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you will enjoy the series as I upload these.
Black and white
Landscape and travel
Portraits and people
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