Copenhagen | Street Photography

Greetings friends/family/acquaintances/birds of the wild!

It’s been a mighty while that I’ve been able to pop in and give a quick update of the always unusual shenanigans I drop myself into. As expected, I’ve been up to no good, diving head first into something travel related. I’ll be hopping aboard to update more often, as I’ve got some great articles and photos I’ve yet to flush out. And of course, future travel plans are already in the works!

Nyhaven going on here.
Nyhaven going on here.

I recently had the privilege to take a 9-day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden to practice some street photography. Outside of challenging myself to finally do a solo trip to a non-English native speaking country (it’s WAY easier than you think), I also wanted to challenge myself in terms of the equipment used. Instead of bringing my go-to DSLR camera, I brought my Canon G15 hybrid along for the ride. It has all the same features and functionality of a proper DSLR camera, but without the interchangeable lenses. This ended up being crucial, as a lot of the shots I captured were incredibly incognito due to the fact that the camera was small and relatively hidden.

I wanted to capture what life was like on the streets of Copenhagen from the viewpoint of a local. So if you’re coming here and expecting to see pretty, epic looking postcard-worthy shots of Denmark’s biggest city, you will be severely disappointed. Instead, you’ll see some of my personal favorite black and white photographs detailing the intimate situations that local Danes would see on a daily basis. Each photo is unique, ad tells a certain story of the nature of Scandinavia’s 2nd largest city. Enjoy!


An older gentlemen carries his groceries home using his reusable canvas grocery bags. Denmark is considered to be the greenest country on Earth, and recycling is an important factor is helping the Danes achieve that status.
An older gentlemen carries his groceries home using his reusable canvas grocery bags. Denmark is considered to be the greenest country on Earth, and recycling is an important factor in helping the Danes achieve that status.
Locals and tourists alike walk through a cross walk outside of Tivoli Park, the world's 2nd oldest theme park. The Danes are notorious for their strict pedestrian obedience of the law. Even if it's 3 in the morning, and there is no car in sight, a Dane will still wait for the cross walk light to turn green.
Locals and tourists alike walk through a cross walk outside of Tivoli Park, the world’s 2nd oldest theme park. The Danes are notorious for their strict pedestrian obedience of the law. Even if it’s 3 in the morning, and there is no car in sight, a Dane will still wait for the cross walk light to turn green.
A saxophone player captures the attention of a local homeless person as he walks by. Although Denmark is a welfare state, there are still a small handful of citizens who are homeless.
A saxophone player captures the attention of a homeless person as he walks by. Although not completely eradicated, Denmark has one of the lowest homeless populations in the world.
A father stands watch as his son turns over colored tiles along Copenhagen's "Happy Wall", which is an outdoor art exhibit that uses pedestrian created art to cover up the unsightly views of a construction site.
A father stands watch as his son turns over colored tiles along Copenhagen’s “Happy Wall”, which is an outdoor art exhibit that uses pedestrian-created art to cover up the unsightly views of a construction site.
An armed guard keeps watch over tourists at the famous Rosenborg Castle. A staple to the hybrid Danish/Dutch architecture, the castle serves as a museum and art exhibit, and has maintained its current form since the year 1624.
An armed guard keeps watch over tourists at the famous Rosenborg Castle. A staple to the hybrid Danish/Dutch architecture, the castle serves as a museum and art exhibit, and has maintained its current form since the year 1624.
A man is talking on his cell phone as a train flys past in the lower levels of Norrebro station. Denmark maintains one of the cleanest metro systems in the world. All of their trains and metro cars are 100% electric, and are completely automated. No conductor required.
A man is talking on his cell phone as a train flys past in the lower levels of Norreport station. Denmark maintains one of the cleanest metro systems in the world. All of their trains and metro cars are 100% electric, and are completely automated. No conductor required.
A lone Dane walks across an intersection outside of the Statens Museum for Kunst, a national art museum dedicated to Danish and Scandinavian art.
A lone Dane walks across an intersection outside of the Statens Museum for Kunst, a national art museum dedicated to Danish and Scandinavian art.
Street musicians are a very frequent site to see while exploring Copenhagen. The instruments and the style of music varies, but the passion is always the same. Their music can be heard filling the streets and alleyways throughout all of Copenhagen's 10 districts.
Street musicians are a very frequent site to see while exploring Copenhagen. The instruments and the style of music varies, but the passion is always the same. Their music can be heard filling the streets and alleyways throughout all of Copenhagen’s 10 districts.
Zinkglobal (or more often referred to as "Metal Man") is a statue on Copenhagen's harbor. He represents a mindset that all citizens of Earth need to think globally about human's role in taking care of Earth's ecosystem. He, however, is often over-shadowed by his more popular sister, The Little Mermaid.
Zinkglobal (or more often referred to as “Metal Man”) is a statue on Copenhagen’s north harbor. He represents a mindset that all citizens of Earth need to think globally about human’s role in taking care of the ecosystem. Although he represents a value that all Danes hold dear, he is often over-shadowed by his more popular sister, The Little Mermaid.
A runner runs along the hilltop of Kastellet, a 17th century star-shaped fortress that once was the Citadel and base for the Danish Army. It now holds a museum, restaurant, and numerous walking trails.
A runner runs along the hilltop of Kastellet, a 17th century star-shaped fortress that once was the Citadel and base for the Danish Army. It now holds a museum, restaurant, and numerous walking trails.
Nyhavn is the quintessential face of downtown Copenhagen. Full of restaurants, cafes, and shops, Nyhavn is hands down the most recognizable part of the city. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit here every year, wanting to catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and history that only Copenhagen can offer.
Nyhavn is the quintessential face of downtown Copenhagen. Full of restaurants, cafes, and shops, Nyhavn is hands down the most recognizable part of the city. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit here every year, wanting to catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and history that only Copenhagen can offer.

 

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