Copenhagen-based Danish photographer Casper Sejersen’s work is at once alluring and uncomfortable. One image captures a spindly, yellow drumstick disconcertingly like a finger whilst another depicts glistening, globular pearls. It’s a work where objects of emblematic beauty intersect with those of pain – otherwise muted tones are interrupted by marbled bruising and sharp gashes of blood.
Beauty And Pain.
Sejersen’s body of personal work had its debut exhibition in June at Cob Gallery in London where this dichotomy of beauty and pain were at the fore of “One, Two, Three, Four.” Whether it is Sejersen’s interactions with his mother and grandmother or a view of the sunrise in his place of birth many of the exhibited images drew on early childhood memories. Aural sensations are depicted by the other images. The beat of a drum informs the suggestive and rhythmic title of the body of work.
Drums appear to feature heavily; for example, skin is scratched as thought it has been dashed by a drumstick, or a candle flame quivers to a drum beat. A pint glass teaming with pearls, flowers in bloom, and ash covered foam also show that elsewhere objects and textures are central to the body of work. With subjectivity and emotion at the fore the work draws on the central elements of Romanticism. Yet, there is a unique visual language that Sejersen deploys. This distinctive approach runs throughout the Copenhagen-based photographer’s portfolio which he has developed through working across fashion and art.
Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via British Journal of Photography.
Coloured in vibrant shades of green an artificial ski slope on the roof of the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen has been captured in images by Danish photographer Rasmus Hjortshøj. The centre is to officially open this summer with the artificial ski slope known as “Copenhill” previewed in pictures exclusively by Hjortshøj.
The ski slope covers a power plant in the Danish capital, was designed by BIG in collaboration with SLA Architects, and forms part of what is known as the Copenhill mountain activity centre.
The company had to carry out several test days before the official opening as only around half of the slope was installed initially.
With a 180-degree turn halfway down the piste the 400-metre long slope runs from the top of the 90-metre-high building to its base.
Moving from bright in the centre of the slope to dark at the edges the 10,000-square-metre skiing surface made by Neveplast is coloured in five shades of green.
“The green colours and the design of the ski slope was chosen by BIG – primarily because a white surface would quickly become dirty and hard to keep clean,” SLA Architects said. “Whereas a green surface more easily keeps its colour and at the same time underlines the green and sustainable identity of the rooftop park and the waste incinerator in general.”
A large park has also been designed by SLA Architects to go alongside the ski slope. On the outside of the structure an 85-metre-high climbing wall is to be installed and when the building is completed it will also feature hiking trails and viewpoints.
The rest of the building’s facilities including the lifts, ski-rental shop and cafe are complete according to the operator of the activity centre. The artificial slope will open fully once it has been fully installed and tested.
The waste-to-energy plant itself has been operation since March 2017. It was built to the west of Copenhagen to replace the 40-year-old Amagerforbraending facility and generates power by incinerating waste.
Amager Bakke “Copenhill” artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area is set to open in the summer of this year.
A summer break in Copenhagen is highly recommended if you have never been to Denmark. The sun and heat is enjoyed by all the locals.
As an introduction to the most common places you must visit we’re presenting you with this 3-hour photo walk. If you wish to cover more area more quickly bicycles are a great alternative. Or even a very different perspective can be had from the water if you want to choose a canal tour. Copenhagen is a neat city and you will notice its cleanliness as well as its flat roads which makes it easy to get around, whichever means of transport you choose to take.
Beginning at Frederik’s Church and Amalienborg Palace.
Amalienborg Palace is where Princess Mary lives and is a good place to start your walk. There are no walls or fences, unlike, say, Buckingham Palace in London. You can take photos of the guards and freely walk around the facade of all the buildings. Frederik’s Church is an Evangelical Lutheran Church and is popularly known as The Marble Church due to its Rococo architecture. The Marble Church is easily one of the most impressive churches of the city and with its characteristic copper green dome is an awe inspiring building.
Filled with restaurants and townhouses Nyhavn is a bright historic canal front. You can have the obligatory Danish hotdog at a food stall in this tourist hub. If you are lucky you can catch a nice sunset facing west along the canal. Cities all around the world are now looking at ways to copy the phenomenon of the Danes’s love for cycling and Copenhagen is considered as one of the “world’s most livable cities” and has been voted as the “best city for cyclists.” With over 390 kilometers of designated bike lanes Copenhagen really is a biking haven for the cyclist.
Royal Danish Library – Black Diamond.
An extension of the Royal Library is The Black Diamond which was finished in 1999. The interior from the top floor looking down the escalators looks like a guitar and its exterior show the building having shiny black facets which mirror the sea and the sky at the harbour front.
Inside the atrium is lit up by a large incision that cleaves the building into two formations. The atrium connects the city with the sea outside as well as the old and new library buildings. Weighing approximately one metric ton per meter are large iron girders which hold the glass facade together.
Church of Our Saviour – Vor Frelsers Kirke.
This 17th-century place of worship with a carillon and 400 steps is a baroque edifice with a corkscrew spire. You can get some spectacular views of the city from here on a clear day. This is such an important location and landmark because of all the religions in Denmark the most prominent is Christianity in the form of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. You can find some insight as to how the Danes live on houseboats when you take a stroll along the narrow canals nearby.
Offices such as the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State are all located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen where Christiansborg Palace is situated. Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for various functions and events. Foreign ambassadors to Denmark are received by the Queen in the Royal Reception Rooms, including the Tower Room and the Oval Throne Room. The Throne Room gives access to the balcony where the Danish monarchs are proclaimed.
On your walk back from here to Copenhagen Train Station you can also stop at the Town Hall and Tivoli Amusement Park. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg, also in Denmark.
It’s not everyday one gets to say this, but I do believe I’ve completed my to-do list. In this case it’s a list that involves four musicians, who I always hoped I would one day get to photograph.
Last week saw the rock festival Copenhell return to Denmark. Held at the former shipbuilding yard Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, the event attracts several thousand people dressed in black, who very much enjoy saluting the air with devil horn fingers. I was one of them. Of all the bands playing over the three days, a handful stood out for me. Namely Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. STP were surprisingly on top form with their new singer (the band’s original frontman Scott Weiland passed away in 2014) and Tool put on a great performance – their first in Denmark for 12 years.
But it was the Guns n Roses guitarist Slash who really stood out that day. Never before have I been so close to such a talented lead guitarist, especially one with such a prestigious title and well-known background. As I watched the Wizard working his magic, I wondered how long it would take me to become so amazing on the guitar. I calculated never. And so the last name on my list gets a big fat juicy tick next to it, and now I need to move on to something else. Any suggestions? P.S. The list was Eddie Vedder, Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Slash.
Whether it was wishful thinking or simply experience, when I first heard about the Royal Run back in 2017 I decided to keep the 21st May available in my calendar. “We won’t be needing you for that particular race,” I was told, but a voice in my head kept saying, “Yeah they will.” It sounds arrogant, and maybe it is, but if there’s one area of photography I can handle it’s huge / important running events.
So it was with great satisfaction that I accepted the job less than one week ago, with the whole planning of the event nearing its zenith. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the role that was given to me, and when I realised the enormity of it I spent the next few nights envisioning settings and scenarios.
You see, when your main task is to photograph thousands of runners and the spectators that come to support them, you get a good few hours to get a series of great images. I like to use flash, I like to climb objects, I like to blag my way up private staircases… but if there’s one thing I don’t like it’s finding out that you only have ONE opportunity to get THE shot.
The shot in question was the Danish Crown Prince, as he arrived at the 5km mark: Amalienborg Palace. It’s here that he lives with his wife and kids, and his mum, Queen Margerethe II, lives right next door. At the very least the race organisers needed a picture of him running past the palace, but it was also highly likely he would wave to his mother as she appeared on the balcony.
None of this was confirmed in advance, of course, so I was left guessing and trying to prepare for “Mission Impossible”, as one TV2 journalist put it.
I arrived in good time and with me I’d brought a small plastic stool for getting a higher advantage. Carrying these extra pieces of furniture around really is a pain in the ass, especially as cycling is the preferred mode of transport. To make things even more difficult, I couldn’t make my mind up exactly where I wanted to put it. At one point I’d found what I thought was a good spot right in between the two palaces (he might wave left to his mum, or he might wave right to his wife and kids), and then I moved it to a second location where he would be surrounded by runners (another requirement on the list of must-haves).
Security said “No!”
After a brief conversation with a news videographer I finally chose the latter and popped my empty camera bag down by the metal fence separating the course from the spectators. Naturally it didn’t sit well with the men wearing the earpieces, so I was forced to sling it back over my shoulders, along with my camera bodies and multiple VIP Press Passes.
At this point I should also mention, that despite being the only photographer given clearance to stand where I was, it didn’t stop several other pros and enthusiasts from complaining I was in their way. It always gets a bit uncomfortable during these situations, because the bottom line is you are there on behalf of the organisers and therefore have a higher authority to answer to. None of these photographers were present at the press briefing where me and my colleagues were introduced, and none of them were wearing vests or press credentials. The Hulk inside of me had plenty to say on that matter, but the diplomat won the day and I kept things polite. At least, I think I did.
And then of course you suddenly need a wee! I raced off to take care of that, and by the time I’d returned the elite runners were starting to arrive. It was a good opportunity to test my settings and see how the light was working out (the sun was going down BEHIND the runners, making it a nightmare to expose for).
A Royal Wave
The numbers gradually started increasing, and when I spotted a few athletes waving up towards the palace, I turned my attention to the balcony and to the Queen, who was gracefully encouraging the participants on with a friendly smile and a royal wave.
And then the crowd gave an almighty roar, which could only mean one thing: the Crown Prince had arrived. I quickly hopped on to my stool to try and spot him amongst the sea of runners, and luckily for me I was aware of a running partner he had who was wearing black and red. I spotted him first, and immediately sighted my quarry. The prince was looking to his right (home), and I quickly turned to see if there was anyone there. There wasn’t. But instead, as he rounded the corner he was faced with the sight of his mum, and he instantly slowed down to give her a cheeky salute. My camera was firing off several rounds per second, as runner after runner streamed past me, potentially blocking every other shot.
The second problem was the lack of palace and queen in my viewfinder; something that was quite important to the organisers. So I dropped the long lens camera and quickly switched over to my wide in order to get all three in frame. As I began firing all I could make out was the Prince already 20 metres away and the Queen a small green dot in the distance. And in a heartbeat it was over.
By far the hardest race I’ve ever done
For the next 30 seconds I scrolled impatiently through my images to see how successful I’d been. It was obvious I’d gotten the shot, but I couldn’t help think that the first location would have been better. On the other hand, it’s highly likely that the Queen would have been hidden behind a column from that angle. We’ll never know, I suppose.
It was time to move on, as there were other areas to get to and plenty of other images to be had. The tension was still present as I went from support zone to support zone, all the time racing against the clock and hoping I’d planned everything to the best of my abilities. I’m pleased to say I had.
Back at the office I quickly went through and selected all the best images, and I said to myself out loud, “I got the shot, I got the shot”, almost like a mantra. But it was by far the hardest race I’ve ever had to cover; 25,000 people running such a short distance. It’s crazy, and my colleague Deniz agreed.
If you’d like to see some of the best pictures, head over to here.
In merely a few days time the future king of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik, will be celebrating his 50th birthday and all over the country flags will be at high mast. A total of five Danish cities are involved in celebratory shenanigans which began on May 18, and span nine days, which The Royal Family has unveilied in tribute to their future king.
Royal Run exceeds over 70k participants, spanning 5 different cities.
Danes across Copenhagen and other cities shared in the celebrations yesterday as the crown prince laced up his running shoes with the rest of the Danes to take part in what has been called The Royal Run.
With registration for the event closing at over 70k members, cities across Denmark, including Copenhagen, have participated today in The Royal Run.
The event span across Denmark’s 5 largest cities which include Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Odense, and of course, the capital Copenhagen.
The Crown Prince began the day with a golden mile in the first four cities and rounded off the festivity by running 10km in Copenhagen.
The Royal Run was a unique celebration because it was an invitation to run with The Crown Prince, when the whole Kingdom with the Crown Prince at the head, transformed the streets of Denmark’s five largest cities to a large running celebration on the occasion of the Crown Prince’s 50th birthday.
A Run For Everyone.
The starting gun sounded in Aalborg, where the Crown Prince ran one mile (just over one and a half kilometres) together with Danes, their neighbors, their friends, colleagues and family. Then the race continued in Aarhus, Esbjerg and Odense, where the Crown Prince also ran the well-known one mile routes, before he ended up the festival in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, running a total of 10 kilometers through the capital.
Along the route the royal blue carpet was rolled out, and the music was playing and the flags were unfurled. But The Royal Run was for everyone, regardless of whether the race was a part of everyday life, or whether it is the first time people were grappling with their running shoes. There was an emphasis that the festival began with the everyday Dane as it ran around the whole country.
The Danish Association of Athletics Federation were responsible for putting on the race and it was also organised under the auspices of Denmark’s largest sports vision, the move of a lifetime, a collaboration with Nordea-fonden and Trygfonden, with Danish television channel TV 2 as its media partner.
The Crown Prince spent approximately one hour in every city, where he ran, handed out the medals, and attended the entertainment, greeting the Danes who came to run with and celebrate him.
By the time Crown Prince Frederik entered the capital it was to be his final part of the race, happening simultaneously with the other 10k distances in the other cities. As he arrived in Frederiksberg he was welcomed by the Mayor of Frederiksberg and Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor, as well as the Presidents of the race’s organisers.
The Golden Mile, some history.
One mile, or the English Mile, measures exactly 1609.34 metres.
It may seem like an unnecessary distance when 1500 metres became the Olympic-standard but it has remained an athletic standard for middle distance runners. However, the mile is actually the original distance, which is why it is a classic. It was only with the introduction of the metric system, that the mile was converted to the 1500 meters, as among Americans it was long known as the “metric mile”.
The mile has a significant place in sports history, notably due to famours runner Roger Bannister, who, in 1954 was the first man who managed to run it in under four minutes. That race aroused greater interest and resonated throughout the world and the concept of a dream-mile was born. Since then, a variety of runners regularly pressed the record down, so that today it stands at 3mins.; 43secs., run by the Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj in Rome in 1999.
Alive and Kicking.
Although the 1500 metre distance is clearly in the ascendancy today, the mile is certainly not forgotten. At the annual Diamond League event at Bislett Stadium in Oslo there continues “The Dream Mile”, and, like many large cities, it has an annual street race at that distance. One of the most well-known is “The Fifth Avenue Mile” in New York, where a field of world-class runners start at 80th Street in Manhattan, and then simply just run in a straight line down to East 60th Street at a little under four minutes.
10,000 metres or 10 kilometres? We are, of course, talking about the same distance, but in the field of athletics it is agreed that the former is 25 rounds at a stadium, while the second is on the road or street. 10,000 metres is the longest distance on the track, as it is competed at at the World Championships and The Olympics. The marathon course is obviously longer but always takes place outside the stadium.
10 km on a road is a popular distance when jogging. Most can train up to complete it, and it is said that you can run it in 55 minutes. The world record for 10 km is crazy fast, standing at 26mins.; 44secs. For men and 29mins.; 43secs. for women.
The Copenhagen Route.
Since Matt shot the race in Copenhagen you will see some of the sights along this route which featured unique sightseeing and pedestrian streets full of music.
The race took place on closed roads which gave The Royal Run a unique opportunity to pass by a large number of the iconic and everyday heavily trafficked streets in Copenhagen, including H.C. Andersens Boulevard, Gammel Kongevej and Frederiksberg Allé. The latter two represent respectively the start and goal for both the one mile and the 10 km routes. While the one mile participants only ran at Frederiksberg, the other runners awaited the 10 km-sightseeing route around the capital which went past a long row of the city’s sights, including, inter alia, Christiansborg, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s Town Hall, the black diamond and, of course, the Amalienborg Palace. The 10 km route offered participants a unique opportunity to run through all the best scenes that Copenhagen and Frederiksberg has to offer.