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Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland

The MOST amazing building I’ve ever seen is located in the capital of Iceland.  It opened in May 2011 after some delays that occurred during the financial crisis of 2008.  The government funded the building, which is used for not only musical events, but also important political and cultural meetings.

Harpa is located on the old harbor in Reykjavik.  The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colors.  In winter, lights transform the exterior of the building into a display of the Aurora Borealis.  During summer, sunlight shining through the glass panels creates patterns and colors on the floor.  The design has won many architectural awards, including the most recent in 2013.

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Ideas for a name for the concert hall came from Icelanders as well as designers.  The name Harpa was chosen because it was easy to pronounce, and because it refers to a time of year and a month in the old Nordic calendar.  The first day of that month is celebrated as the first day of summer when the landscape comes alive with color.

My photos show you the abstract beauty of the panes of glass.  The image of the girl standing in the pane gives you a sense of the size of these panels.  Notice the color everywhere.

ceiling abstract

A view of the ceiling

inside looking out

Inside looking out

girl in window

Young woman in a glass panel

window abstract

Abstract shapes and colors on the exterior

yellow seats

Seating area

I could have spent a day photographing this building.  As it was, I had only one day to explore the city, so I couldn’t spend it all there.  If I’m ever lucky enough to be in Reykjavik again, I’ll spend a lot of time at this site.  I hope some of that time will be in the concert hall hearing a magnificent performance.

Enjoy this youtube video of the design and construction of this magnificent building.

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Paint the Town Orange

Three years ago, when I was just getting into serious photography, I went with a friend to the downtown mall in Charlottesville on a Friday night in September….the FIRST Friday night in September.  Little did we know that it was “Paint the Town Orange” night.  That’s what happens on the night before the first University of Virginia home football game.  The mall was full of people of all ages, and as night fell, the activity level rose.  There were people with lighted hula hoops. mothers and dads with their children in strollers, UVA students, the UVA Marching Band and the football team on stage for a giant pep rally.  As photography goes, this couldn’t have been more fun.  Because my friend and I had large DSLR cameras with zoom lenses (not THAT impressive, but what the heck), whenever we approached a new activity to shoot, the crowd would open up a passageway for us to get to the front of the action.  It was truly amazing.  That was the first time I had been aware of how much access a camera will give you in a crowd.  So, we have front row views of almost everything that happened that night.  I’ve never had more fun with a camera in my hand than I had that night, September 2009.

Cheerleader Directing the Band Flautists Hula Hoop 1 Marching Band 1 Marching Band 2 Storefront in the Spirit Team on Stage

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