Lina (Stranger #59/100), Bergen

The old green corrugated iron shed used as a background here stands on the northern side of Bergen's harbour. Most days I understand Bergen is lost in mist and rain, but during our visit it was blasted with hard 28 degree C sunshine, and so the little green shed offered pretty much the only shade on the water's edge.


We'd wandered past a couple of times during the day, when passersby were mostly on the other side of the road enjoying the sun. Fortunately, at third visit, Lina and a couple of friends were ambling along in the shade. She had an easy going, very Scandinavian, calm which seemed appropriate for the cool sweep of green.


On an afternoon stroll, they seemed happy to pause for a moment. Lina's friends helped with reflectors - one large gold on the camera left, one sunfire on the right to get an even light. Passing cars threw reflected light onto the background, giving a little shimmer to the green panels, preventing them from falling too flat.


Lina and her friends are from Denmark, just about to head home after a few months work in Bergen. Lina noted Norway's superb mountains and natural attributes as the things she'll miss most when they leave.


This is portrait #59 of my 100 Strangers Project - check out the group page and get involved.


Ongoing apologies to my contacts and those kind enough to visit my Photostream. This is my last upload for a couple of weeks due to travel. Look forward to catching up with everyone on my return.


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  • Colin Strain PRO 1y

    Instantly recognisable as one of yours. The colour here is superb!
  • Jacob Edmiston PRO 1y

    Really nice portrait Matthew!
  • Peter McConnochie PRO 1y

    Great colour and perfect matching!
  • teen41 1y

    مافي حدا بي يحكي عربي
  • Ivor Potter 1y

    Lovely shot - beautiful lady and such a simple and clean backdrop so that Lina really shines.

    Now, let's get something straight ... you are using passing cars to help with the light? I give up ;) that is awesome!
  • [Mr. Coffee] 1y

    love the background, great stranger shot.
  • nokkie1 1y

    The green in her eyes and background resonate very well.
  • nokkie1 1y

    Ivor Potter I Agree on that last remark, it is very clever and cool
  • barbasboth PRO 1y

    Fabulous eyes+background. And freckles! I knew this was yours before I even hovered over it with my mouse :)
  • smcrs150 1y

  • MaxGag PRO 1y

    Great portrait, the eyes contact is perfect, congratulations for the EXPLORER !
  • Perle Laouenan-Catchpole 1y

    beautiful natural shot.
  • Pilar Azaña Talán  PRO 11mo

    Beautiful portrait and model!
  • Poupetta PRO 11mo

    Simply beautiful. Love it !
  • Neil Parker PRO 11mo

    Great natural portraits, love the background in these shots!
  • Dominique Rolland  PRO 11mo

    Belle et jolie image , toute mon Amitié
  • alipe27 8mo

  • S&F PRO 3mo

    nice place
  • mallen... PRO 9d

    Very enjoyable portrait this one of Lina - congratulations
  • DiNo 2d

    Lovely portrait
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Taken on July 19, 2014
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