Friday, April 30, 2010

Monochrome Benches

I haven't posted any benches for a while - indeed, I haven't posted very much lately. Other things have kept me busy and will continue to do so for some time. However, today I have combined my interest in monochrome photography with my interest in benches.

These are located in Nordnesparken (The Nordnes Park) in Bergen. There are several groups of these concrete benches, and each one has its own distinct pattern on the seat.

Some say that concrete is a dull material, but as you can see, it doesn't have to be.

In my opinion, the dull one in this trio is the plain and ordinary park bench to the right.



This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at Monochrome Weekend.

44 comments:

Viola said...

Hah! For noen stilige benches! Jeg har savnet disse benkebildene dine! Jeg har lagret ett, tror det ligger der ennå.. kanskje kan jeg publisere det nå før jeg slår av..
Nesten litt sånn familien Flint-benker,hehe! God natt! :)

Viola said...

My bench of the week is now posted! :) HER!

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Your benches are sturdy works of art.

richies said...

Interesting benches, but they don't look to comfortable.

An Arkies Musings

lynnwiles said...

Great bench reminds me of slices of melon & well done in b&w.

Mike Simmons said...

Very nice contrast in these. The grain in the concrete adds to the look of heaviness.

Barbara Martin said...

Although I do like the cement benches, I tend to favour the older bench.

My bench is up.

Dina said...

Rune! Welcome back. I hope the things that you are busy doing are nice things.

Amazing what they can do with concrete.

Anne said...

Oj sann, sjelden onlne mannen for tiden, dvs savnes :-)

Stilige benker Rune, og jeg har studert bildene lenge, for de minnermeg om noe jeg ikke greier helt sette fingeren på, tenner?? mynter?? ett eller annent kjent og kjært...,uansett stilig da gutten.

Fin fredag til deg

Malyss said...

Glad to see you back. I missed you, with or without benches!
the dull thing is not the old-fashion bench, it's the assymetrie. Would the classic bench be in the middle of the two others, our eyes would not be shocked.

becky at abbeystyle said...

O, stunning concrete shapes! They stand out so nicely against their backdrop...inviting. Wish I could come over there and sit awhile...spring is to gorgeous in Norway...

Dagrun said...

Tøffe steinbenker, enig med du. Passet veldig godt i s/hv disse.

Vi får ta det som et sunnhetstegn når annet enn fotoblogging opptar en. En hobby må få være lystbetont...

(Det var mange klisjéer på kort tid;)

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Dette var da to flotte benker, noe slikt har jeg ikke sett før.

Ha en fargerik og fin helg Rune. :)

James said...

The concrete benches are very unusual and artfully made. They look great in black and white.

John said...

Like the viewpoint and contrast on the top shot; you would not know it was a bench.

Johnny Nutcase said...

these are pretty interesting looking- definitely wouldn't guess it was a bench in the first shot - nice angle on that one! good ones in b&w!

Gunsside said...

Flotte, tøffe steinbenker, blir så bra i sort hvitt:)
- takk for kommentarer ;)

Regina said...

Awesome and interesting shapes.
Great mono.

Daniela said...

Visst är dom fina, snyggt fotat.

Spiderdama said...

Veldig stilig!!:-)

Hege said...

Dette var flotte benker rett og slett! Bildene også!

Bra det ikke bare er meg som har vært litt lite aktiv! :)

Ha en flott helg!

Klemmer fra Hege

Paulie said...

Unique benches! I love them! I also like the bench to the right. . . and as Malyss said, if that odd bench had been in the middle, one would think it was quite nice.

Carver said...

Those are great benches. Almost look like sculpture of some kind.

Lew said...

Interesting benches - but probably a cold seat in winter! Concrete can take so many different forms.

Reader Wil said...

These are very great benches. They are extraordinarily shaped and beautiful.
I hope you are okay! And that your activities are pleasant. I wish you a great time.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I think you need to sit on one of these benches and catch your breath. Sounds like you are living the American "dream" equating busy with sense of purpose. We all need a slow down day!

In black and white, the cement benches look heavy and powerful, permanent, and rock solid!

Jan
GDP

tinasphotoblog said...

Beautiful and different benches you have caught in your photo! :)

Gry said...

Jeg skjønner Nordnesparken har blitt litt oppdatert siden sist jeg var der!

Bildene var stilige i svart/hvitt, men om benkene er en berikelse for parken....

Petunia said...

Flotte bilder av stilige benker:)
Men huff, det må være kaldt å sitte på! Kan nok få med seg hjem en aldri så liten blærebetennelse;)
Men det er utrolig koselig å gå slik på byvandring selv om temperaturen ikke er helt stor. Jeg holdt på å bli blåst på byfjorden i dag da jeg skulle ta noen bilder!

Starnitesky said...

Very unusual - I wonder what they are like to sit on? I like the contrast with the other bench.

T. Becque said...

We have lots of concrete benches in Tucson too. Yours are designed very creatively.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

lovely!

bettyl said...

Terrific shots. I snap benches now and then, too.

RennyBA said...

Great piece of B&W art Rune!

Hope you had a great 1st of May :-)

awarewriter said...

Excellent. Great texture in those benches. They certainly are unusual. No fear of theft I'm sure.

Gallow said...

Monochrome works so well in these photos. It really highlights the texture of the material. Great work.

Lina Gustina said...

Great captures of benches. Love it...

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michael bird said...

Very neat and unique benches, Rune. Something the Stone Age people could have done, or did...

Laura Hegfield said...

Wonderful strong forms! These are great in black and white!

Dave said...

Inspiring in B&W, love the first photo, the top angle shot is just great.

Wenche said...

Dette var stilige benker!! Er ikke ofte ein ser slike benker. No på våren er det ofte slik at blogging kjem litt i bakgrunnen,men ein skal jo blogge når ein har lyst og har tid. Ha ei fin fin veke!!

Dragonstar said...

You're right, they're much more interesting. The shapes are so intriguing.

Vita Stunder said...

Instämmer tillfullo!
Stiliga bänkar och vackra linjer, Rune.

Ha en fin vecka!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

we enjoyed this one, we agree concrete works whenever we work it.

these benches have a "mystical" feel to them.

thanks for sharing

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.ero

p.s. our own posting is on hiatus as well. :-(

still, its fun to stop and visit our faves every once and awhile. yours never fails to be worthwhile.

:-)

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