Portals Exhibition: fjord landscapes

I stayed in a delightful, and tiny, cottage at Lindesnäs on a steep hillside above Byfjorden for a number of autumns.  It was a long way from my work in Uddevalla, Sweden, but the tranquility and beautiful landscapes made it a great place for photography.

Cottage at Lindesnäs

Cottage at Lindesnäs

September mornings often brought a thick mist before sunrise and as the sun burnt through there were ethereal views of the trees and shoreline.  When it was very still the reflections and the mist made the trees and islands below the cottage appear to be floating.

Byfjorden in the mist

Byfjorden in the mist

In this picture from the Portals exhibition you are almost pulled along into the waterway between the headlands.  It is one of the earliest of the images I’m showing at this years’s National Arts Festival.

Byfjorden mirror

Byfjorden mirror

 

 

The footbridge at Lindesnäs

For three years I came to Sweden in spring and autumn and stayed in a tiny guest cottage at Lindesnäs.  It was beautifully situated up on the hillside above the fjord right against the mountain side with lovely views down to the guest harbour at Lindesnäs.  You can probably appreciate how nice it was from the map and the two pictures of the cottage.  The first picture was taken as you emerge (in my case carrying my bicycle) at the top of the rocky steps up to the garden shared with the owners of the large villa.  The second one is a long exposure taken one night with the cottage to the right and main house to the left.  You can tell how steep the hill was by the distortion in the shot. The harbour below was always photogenic, especially at sunrise and sunset, and I was taken by the footbridge which became the subject of the rest of the pictures.  The first is a zoom shot from the door of the cottage down through the trees.  People tell me it looks Japanese.  The others were taken either with the sun on the bridge (dawn pictures) or behind the bridge (sunset pictures).