Friday, September 25, 2009

Bench of the week (26)

Travelling has always involved a certain amount of waiting. And when you wait you don't want to stand around but sit down somewhere. In other words: Benches are needed. That is also the case at the Railway Station in Bergen, where I found this one.

In fact, I found several.

They gave a bit of life to the large hall.
And what do you see when you sit down on one of them?

Perhaps you see a train preparing for departure to Voss.

Or only a small, unlucky traveller who just missed his train. Maybe he should have gone to the airport.




My own interest in benches stems from the site published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one and post them on Fridays. This is not a "proper" meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays (or any other day for that matter), they are of course welcome to do so. I have therefore not made a blog roll, but visits to my former posts (see archives in the sidebar), to the previous mentioned sites and to Gerald's site Ackworth Born, Gone West (he keeps a small tab of benches he finds on his way) might be profitable.

28 comments:

PERBS said...

Love the sidearms and the way they are connected at the bottom. Great catch! Looks like they were built to endure.

Mine will be up in a couple minutes -- I have to change time to appear.

lynnwiles said...

oooh, I so like that train station. I think I could spend hours photographing every bit of it.

James said...

The bench is nice but I prefer the sigb/clock and I love the bottom photo.

The Things We Carried said...

Thank you for your kind words tomy action shots! You know I love photography, but only recently took my very first class.

I adore the bench posts and they always make me wish I was able to travel to visit them all. I may have found you via Malyss's Bench blog in the beginning.

Today it is the last photo here that made me say WOW!

Barbara Martin said...

I really like the colour of the wood on these benches. Train stations seem to be the same everywhere. This one reminded me a bit of Waterloo Station in London, England.

My benches are up today.

Anne said...

Spennende Rune :-) Men på de benkene der er det jo ikke meningen at en skal gjøre annnet enn å lese Bergens Tidene vel :-))

Morten Pedersen said...

Vi skal til Bergen denne helgen og jeg håper på å få tatt mange fine bilder. Dog håper jeg at jeg finner mye å ta bilder av og ikke bare benker. :-)

Gog helg.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i love travelling by train - if only we had them where i am

John said...

I see you're still flying the flag for the benches; keep it up.

Heges fotoblogg said...

Ingenting er så tomt som en jernbanestasjon uten folk og tog. Men benkene er ihvertfall fotogene!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

A fabulous series of shots but wow the station seems so quiet for a mainline terminus - must have been an early Sunday morning perhaps.

Malyss said...

A deserted train station?..at 11h10?..were are they all gone?..Maybe your small unlucky traveller only came here to let his lover go away..I can see her on the left. He 's not allowed to go farther than the white line on the floor.. He's sad..Ü
I like the mood of train stations, they are a good departure for ..imagination!

Pam said...

I enjoyed these RuneE. My bench is posted. The best part was doing some research after having photographed it!

Dina said...

Wow, would I love to be aboard that train, seeing the Norwegian countryside. Or even just sitting on your bench, seeing the station.

Haha, it would be funny to see lazy pigeons taking the train instead of flying to their destination.

Only two days until Yom Kippur, so I posted the synagogue benches.

Anne-Berit said...

Skulle ikke være noe problem å finne en plass å hvile beina der.Mitt bidrag er lagt inn.
God helg!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The benches look like they might be quite comfortable. I hope the trains keep to their schedules so that passengers don't have to wait too long though.

Mine:
http://eastgwillimburywow.blogspot.com/2009/09/rosedale-river-bench.html

Lara said...

the bench stories are among the most wonderful things I could find on a blog. I have collected some, I guess next week I'll join the theme...

GAWO said...

he he... du farter rundt. Det neste er vel at vi får se bilder fra Voss ... for du tok vel toget til slutt.
Eller sitter du på benken enda???

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting. I wonder what the color orange had to do with painting them? Is that a special color of the railway or something? The bench is similar to most others I have seen in public places. I used to make them using 2x12 lumber. And sold them as fast as I cold put them together. Most are now 20-25 years old or older.

PERBS said...

Regarding A. Lincoln's comment -- I wonder if the station was built in the late 60's or early 70's when orange was a very popular color? Our church used to have orange carpeting from back then! Ü

I came back to ask you to return and see my comments about your comment and look at the header and my photos today. . . and compare. The only similarity is that they are long and made of stones. I would never use the same bench twice as I am collecting benches on my blogs. . . our town has many in different areas all the same but I don't use each one just because it is a bench.

Thanks!

Phoenix C. said...

I like the interesting architectural structure of the bench, which echoes the curve in the building.

Benches at trainstations always seem very hard when you sit on them, compared with ones in the countryside!

Dimple said...

Nice benches, Rune. Too bad about the passenger who was left behind!
I don't have a bench this week, but I have a sky!

Annie said...

Train stations are the best places to find benches and they are all so different. My bench is here -

http://inmidreamz.blogspot.com/2009/09/furlough-friday-3-benches-yoga-and.html

ArneA said...

Godt å se at du fortsatt er aktiv innen bloglandia. Leit med David, men det er vel slik livet er. Man kommer til en stasjon, og lar veien videre bestemmes av neste avgang

Tom said...

I like these benches... the gentle curve of the backrest would suit me... interesting use of wood and metel..

RennyBA's Terella said...

You know I'm always here for your bench post. This time I love the whole composition of this post - like a symphony!

Happy Weekend Rune :-)

AVCr8teur said...

A lovely station, but where are all the people especially when the train leaves in about 25 minutes. Your bench posts always take me to interesting places every week.

Viola said...

Det var en flott jernbanestasjon! Må visst til Bergen en dag.. Særlig "taket" på det siste bildet! :)