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Market in Bergen

By AnneWorner  
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.


Tags: Mono Norway Black and white Bergen Landscape and travel Market place Portraits and people Wefi

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2 Jan 2008 1:34AM
nice mono images.

Dee Smile

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taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
2 Jan 2008 2:36AM
I think I understand-- I have some old images my father took during WW2-- Have reworked some His were processed with left over chemicals in a tent-- but the lens was sharp and the digital can enlarge them and bring them out beautifully!
This will be an interesting series!

Happy New Year!

proz 12 205 United States
2 Jan 2008 3:06AM
awesome images Anne, looking forward to seeing more!
Looking forward to seeing the series, Anne. There is something very special about going back to some of our old shots and seeing how times have changed. I think you work at this time was very good and you have captured the atmosphere of the local market very well.
Happy New Year to you...Smile
MDaniel 10 3 3 Ghana
2 Jan 2008 5:01AM
gfreat candid shot, lovely tonal range
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
2 Jan 2008 6:18AM
Superb images Anne, look great in mono.
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 7:55AM
Your "exam" outing on the market was not on the best possible day for b/w photography - but as you say, the first and most important thing to photography is the personal importance of the shots to oneself.
Thanks for sharing

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
2 Jan 2008 8:17AM
An important photo journal of this location and time Anne. It is of no importance that they didn't do well in the exam, it is for you that the memories are stored. Good selection of this one time market, has a feel for the place. Ron.
MandsH 10 England
2 Jan 2008 8:32AM
Appealing set of shots, especially good in mono
Marian 11 62 England
2 Jan 2008 8:38AM
OK, so you didn't do well with your exam shoot, but look what you acheived. Images that will in time mean more and more to you, and what a record of times past. You just keep up the good work, and ENJOY your photography it's a wonderful hobby, and in my opinion this site is far better than taking any exams. Have you ever looked at the techniques section on Epz? they are very good, I have gleaned a lot of infomation from these.
All the best,
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
2 Jan 2008 8:40AM
Well they work for me and I'm looking forward to seeing more. I believe photography is about catching moments, emotions and actuals. All 3 do that.

Sometimes the purist really get me down.

halena2 9 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 8:57AM
A very good set of photo,s and in mono,nice.
a Happy New Year to you!
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
2 Jan 2008 9:10AM
Now they are great photojournalism from a bygone age.

2 Jan 2008 9:26AM
Excellent Anne, three nice images, I am looking forward to this series,
Grim1 10 49 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 9:37AM
Glad you overcame such ridiculous comments! Photography is not just about perfection of composition etc - it's about recording moments special to you and others - these are far more interesting that any static, boring, perfectly lit shot!
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 9:41AM
We all really enjoy looking at photographs from the past. Sometimes we laugh sometimes are filled with emotion. The taking is the important thing. If we didn't take we would'nt have!
Lovely memories here
2 Jan 2008 9:58AM
Great captures of everyday-life, Anne. Just like you I used the holidays to go through (relatively) old photos of which I scanned a few. I think it's a great way to remember bygone times and people that are dear to us.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.0k 1628 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 10:04AM
These images appeal to me because this is the sort of market that I appreciate and seek out. There are still some around, it's sad if Torget has become touristy.
These have a timeless feel, the rain and umbrellas add a lot for me. This is a little slice of reality, frozen forever.
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 10:09AM

Quote:Photography is not just about perfection of composition etc - it's about recording moments special to you and others

Agreed! While most of us on epz are interested in improving the artistic quality of our photographs, the essential element of simple enjoyment sometimes tends to get ignored.

But there is also the vital function of recording for posterity: without this function, much modern historical research would founder. I suspect most other images from that course in 1978 would have been destroyed - yet #3 especially is fascinating, for what it shows, and also for what it does not show!

So glad to see these, Anne, and even more glad you have salvaged them. Looking forward to more. You must have been busy... ...

User_Removed 9 172 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 10:33AM
Excellent set of images Anne, really captured the mood.
Thanks for letting us have a good look at you old work
Paul_cats 11 61 22 Scotland
2 Jan 2008 11:04AM
Nice series for the photo album. As said memories are also a part of this hobby and these types of shot are timeless.
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 11:26AM
These are not your best shots Anne, but then they show the start of your journey and photography is a skill we never stop developing. But beyond the memories, what they also do well is capture the atmosphere and activity of the market on a dreary day.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
2 Jan 2008 12:55PM
What a fine set. I hate it when a budding artist is told their work isn't good! We all start somewhere, and by blighting the bud, the flower doesn't bloom. Luckily, you persisted. These photos are timeless, and record memories, a vital aspect of photography in my opinion! I love v3, a way of life receding into the mist of time. Good job!
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 1:40PM
Thanks for sharing these Anne. Looking forward to the rest.

User_Removed 11 7 8 Netherlands
2 Jan 2008 2:08PM
I am really enjoying these. Photography is often at its strongest after a couple of decades. I find 1 and 3 great, if 3 had better focus on the man in the foreground it would be a classic image. Great time travelling, thanks! Bert
SKavanagh 9 312 5 England
2 Jan 2008 2:48PM
Lovely group of pics
I really like these photos. They have a lot of atmosphere and so much to look at. Thanks for sharing.

Cormy 9 3 England
2 Jan 2008 3:27PM
Lovely story and great memories hey Anne.Enjoyed reading and viewing.
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 3:32PM
a great story Anne, nice to have those memories and all restored beautifully,
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
2 Jan 2008 3:47PM
I still have my Pentax MX,but sadly no longer the images I took with them.Yours are one to be treasured.
2 Jan 2008 4:13PM
Anne you have just brought back some old memories of the 1970s when I was in Bergen I was on a crane barge the blue whale, wonderful moments in my life, you have your's on some nice images well done.

Sweep 11 43 England
2 Jan 2008 4:49PM
Lovely nostalgic pictures.
derekv 9 3 England
2 Jan 2008 5:08PM
Great candid selection, Anne. Enjoyed !
AlanC1 10 1 England
2 Jan 2008 5:34PM
Super series
sospan 9 12 Wales
2 Jan 2008 5:39PM
A very good series. Well spotted.
Hoffy 12 262 16 England
2 Jan 2008 5:41PM
Very good set of black and whites.
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 6:24PM
Well captured - looks a very drab and dull day back then. Never be discouraged. Practice makes perfect - that's what I keep telling myself anyway ; )
Marilyn x
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 6:34PM
How I love these images with so much detail to take in. I bet you would like to show your tutors the 44 clicks and the amount of interest you got for the shots 30 years later.
A very happy New Year to you, Anne.
Rende Plus
10 38 4 Netherlands
2 Jan 2008 6:46PM
Very interesting series; #3 is so timeless, it would actually fit in with a series of 3D (!) slides I have from my great grandfather who shot them in Norway before WW I.
rangerpaul 10 19 7 England
2 Jan 2008 7:14PM
These are superb record shots and should not be dismissed at all.
Look forward to seeing more of them.
Nice dialogue to accompany them too, sets the tone nicely!
piccy 10 8 Wales
2 Jan 2008 8:46PM
A very nice series, great to look back on.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
2 Jan 2008 8:50PM
I am sure you were being far too modest Anne or you have made some enormous improvement since those early days. These shots are excellent.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 9:24PM
How lovely that you found them again
They are indeed super records of how the markeys worked.
Looking forward to seeing more
Strobe 9 1.3k United States
2 Jan 2008 9:29PM
Great mono series, I really like them
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
2 Jan 2008 9:31PM
Thanks to everyone for your very kind comments on this! It's really appreciated.
2 Jan 2008 9:48PM
Lovely mono shots.

robway 12 318 Wales
2 Jan 2008 10:07PM
I like the natural observaions in these shots which are excellent compositions. Pics definitely to be proud of.

My first camera was a Pentax MX as well before I went the whole hog and got an ME Super - good old days !

2 Jan 2008 10:29PM
Sist jeg var der,regnet det ogsaa,great shot in mono,har du flere?

Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
2 Jan 2008 10:42PM
I have no idea why you didn't do well. These as far as I am concerned are excellent. Great shots of daily life. I like them alot.
phototime 11 8 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 10:53PM
Excellent B&W images,love how people use to go shoping in them days.

Possum 10 148 England
2 Jan 2008 10:53PM
Shows how far you have come, in your willingness to share your early days. I for one like this series, as the shots all have something to say about the atmosphere of the market.
glazzaro 12 70 23 United States
2 Jan 2008 11:29PM
Well taken, Happy New Year, Spot on! Click!!!

phil87 9 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 11:45PM
Great candid shots like no3 best.

Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
3 Jan 2008 12:20AM
An interesting selection.
imagio 10 12 1 England
3 Jan 2008 12:24AM
Look forward to seeing more doc shots from you Anne, excellent

Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
3 Jan 2008 6:38AM
love the story behind these Anne, some teachers do not understand how to 'positively reinforce' a students work. He was wrong. We are right Smile

and absolutely love no 3

rmr 9 1 Wales
3 Jan 2008 8:14PM
super mono shots
well done
kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
3 Jan 2008 8:22PM
a pleasure to view Anne
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
3 Jan 2008 8:29PM
very good in mono
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
4 Jan 2008 3:44AM
Best wishes to you and yours for 2008 Anne.
I think your teacher was a bit hard on you 20 years ago Anne, as I think you captured the scene and atmosphere of the market very well, and considering it was obviously not the brightest of days.
Rgds., Jim
5 Jan 2008 3:31AM
Great set of images, like it a lot. Photography is an expression or a view of how each persons sees the world and wants to capture and remember it. That is were the fun of it all is because we are all different - who is then to judge?
Dave87 Plus
10 42 5 England
5 Jan 2008 1:23PM
Really enjoyed looking at these early shots and think you should have been given a pat on the back instead of being discouraged in your early days of photography. Viewed large they really come alive and tell the story of life in the market extremely well.

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
5 Jan 2008 9:42PM
A fine series of candid's, you've captured the atmosphere of the marketplace so well
Portknockie 12 48 Scotland
6 Jan 2008 3:29PM
Well it look good to me ..but then I'm no you can see from my Gallery Smile

Paree 12 616 3
6 Jan 2008 9:28PM
excellent and very interesting
I wonder if the teacher was as disappointed in his own work and took it out on the class? So far your images in the story are never going to win huge acclaim photographically, but they tell a story of a fish market and the people who use it with some flair and candid appeal. I wonder where the teacher is now?

Look forward to viewing your next images from Bergen Anne, nicely presented and reworked.

All the very best

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