The weight of time

A piercing gaze / Ein bohrende Blick

Olympus OM-D EM1, Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-40 mm at 28 mm, ISO 1600, f2.8, 1/60 sec.


On the last morning in Gothenburg and quite ill I made a visit to the Gothenburg Stadtmuseum (city museum) due to a tip off from, of all people, a guitar luthier. Ostensibly I was there to see the remains of a viking trading vessel that was, relatively recently, recovered from a bog. However, it was these likenesses of viking gods and goddesses that captured my attention. They are, of course, not ancient works, but somehow managed to carry a similar weight to them. Perhaps this is due to the simplistic cut of their features, or perhaps just the atmosphere inside the museum. Either way, that is quite the unnerving stare, don’t you think?

Am letzten Morgen in Gothenburg ging es mir nicht so gut, trotzdem habe ich den Hinweis eines Gitarrenbauers wahr genommen und bin zum Stadtmuseum hingegangen. Ich wollte eigentlich ein altes Wikinger Schiffswrack anschauen, das nicht so lange her von einem Moor gerettet worden ist, habe aber doch mehr Zeit mit den Statuen der Wikinger Götter und Göttinnen verbracht. Die Statuen sind nicht alt, aber Sie haben ein ähnliches antikes Gefühl um sich. Vielleicht kam dieses Gefühl wegen ihren einfachen Schnitt oder nur die Atmosphäre im Museum. Egal wo dieses Gefühl herkommt, haben die Statuen ziemlich entnervende Starren, oder?

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