Erik Hansen – a dark painter

“Erik Hansen – Esbjergs mørkemaler” (Erik Hansen  – a dark painter) was published January 29th 2022 in Janusbygningen in Tistrup, Denmark. It´s a book I have written about the art and life of expressionist painter Erik Hansen (1914-1970). Although Erik Hansen was an original artist from a bygone era, I believe that his life and art, as described in the book, has such universal features, that many artists today will be able to reflect in it. The publisher is HRYMFAXE, and the book is for sale from JANUS – Vestjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tistrup, Denmark. Telephone +45 75 29 98 25. 


Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen has on their website posted photographs of their works for download and free use. For an exhibition titled EXPERIMENTE (September 13 to October 3) in Brunswiker Pavillon, Kiel I have used some of those downloads.

Those were the days

Phone booth, Esbjerg 1973.


Bjarke Ingels Group has designed three residential towers covered by balconies all over the surface. From a distance it makes the buildings look like succulents.

Different attitudes

Different attitudes reading daily newspaper, Vestkysten, Esbjerg 1973.

René Fievé – en kunstner på tværs

“René Fievé – en kunstner på tværs” (René Fievé  – an artist across) was published April 6th 2019 in Janusbygningen in Tistrup, Denmark. It´s a book I have written about the art and life of my old friend Danish graphic artist and painter René Fievé (1947-2010). The publisher is HRYMFAXE, and the book is for sale from JANUS – Vestjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tistrup, Denmark. Telephone +45 75 29 98 25. 

Culturescapes December 2017

A collection of culturescapes December 2017.  

University campus

Henning Larsen Architects has designed this university campus building – erected 2014 in Kolding, Denmark.


Swedish cinematographer Dan Holmberg shooting a scene for “Under Heaven and Water” (“Under Himmel og Vand”) june 2001 at Dybe, Lemvig.


The octagonal baptistery in Hjerting Church is designed by danish sculptor Robert Jacobsen. Lit bulbs in the ceiling are reflected in the surface.  

Water closets

This row of discarded water closets was seen in the village Fåborg, Varde, Denmark. They spelled: Congratulations on the 30 years! 

Dutch people

In April 1972 I used my MC Rokkor 135 mm, 1:3.5 to capture this image with dutch people in Muntplein, Amsterdam. In those days Johan Cruyff played football at the local football club Ajax Amsterdam.

Poetry in motion

Preparing an art exhibition in Tistrup, Varde, Denmark.

In the USSR

In the summer 1971 I joined a group travel to Moscow and Leningrad – now Sct. Petersburg. The sidewalks of both cities were often full of pedestrians. This slide is taken a late afternoon in Alexander Nevsky Prospect, Leningrad.  The slope leads to an underpass below Sadovaya Street, and the people in the picture are citizens of the USSR.

Grandma in Frederiksberg

Some years ago I found this 3 inch high picture in one of my grandma´s photo albums. The text was: Julie Jørgensen, November 1913. Usually she had written the location. Maybe she even did not know it herself? In November 1913 she was in training as a nurse at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen – then a new hospital for all the population of Denmark. I wondered where the picture was taken. If it was in Copenhagen, I found the atmosphere to be Strandvejen, Hellerup. It was not – so I thought, that it could be hard to find out, and that it would take too much time to solve the problem. So I gave up. Yesterday i came across the picture again, and I asked my intuition about the location. I saw an atmosphere of Gl. Kongevej, Frederiksberg. What about going through Gl. Kongevej by help of Google Street View? I did – and bingo! What a triumph! The building in the background is still existing at the corner of Gammel Kongevej and H.C. Ørsteds Vej. The signs are not the same, and the windows have become dark, but the building is just the same.


Two strong and naked men are holding the corner of a tenement house in Fredericia, Denmark. The scene is from 1997, and the building was erected in 1905.


As an alternative and opposition to a local plan from 1988 for a new national football stadium in Copenhagen, where the main idea was to turn the stadium 90 degrees, three guys – Palle Bondrup, Albin P. Nielsen and myself – created and proposed a model for a new stadium, that was not turned the 90 degrees. The reason for turning the stadium was, that the boulevard Øster Allé was too close to the stadium. We thought, that it might be possible to build a tribune with spectator seats above Øster Allé. The only way to prove that it could be done, was to create a model – in this case a scale 1:200 model. The Polaroid photo shows how the alternative plan creates a tunnel and colonnade at Øster Allé. Our main reason not to turn the stadium was, that a 90 degree turn of the stadium would come too close to Lægeforeningens Boliger – a protected residential construction from 1854 – and shade the buildings and the outdoor areas from the sun. Our alternative was of course not accepted. In 1992 a stadium – turned 90 degrees – was inaugurated with a football match between the newly crowned European champions, Denmark and the reigning world […]

Retrieving dog

In 1997 the golden retriever Vesterland´s Wanda brought me a pheasant, while I exposed a film in seconds.

The Wall

The Berlin Wall behind Reichstag Building, West Berlin 1978. 

A break

During a break in preparations for a short fiction film “Roland Tempel og hushjælpen” I shot this picture with the director of photography´s Polaroid camera on a balcony October 1983. From left Kris Kolodziejski (director of photography), Eric Kress (co-camera assistant) and Ole John Andersen (second prop man).  The film was recorded in a house owned by Copenhagen Port Authority at Forbindelsesvej in the freeport.

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