Quick Shot: Bergen's Buildings

Norway is home to some unique and fun architecture, and Bergen is the site of some of Norway's best wooden building construction. The buildings in the old town of Bergen are hundreds of years old, made from solid wood, and have been a bit susceptible to fires over the centuries. 

Also worth noting about Norwegian architecture is the paint. Most of the buildings are a dark red / maroon, because historically that was the cheapest color of paint to buy. White paint was the most expensive, and some farmers would paint their house white if they had a good season, but repaint the home red right before the tax evaluator came around!

Although those colors are popular in Norway, Bergen's old city buildings were painted an array of earth tones, and decades of aging have left the buildings leaning and less level than modern construction. The result was a photographer's playground!

This is my favorite of the images I took in the Bergen old city - partially because the grey overcast sky creates a nice relief against the angles and geometry of the buildings. And the rope and hook hanging on the left to help hoist equipment to higher stories is a wonderful touch.

Photograph was made with the Leica SL and 24-90mm lens.