• Sandviken fire station, anno 1903. After more than 100 years, still in use by the Fire brigade in Bergen, Norway.

Sandviken Brannstasjon (anno 1903)

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Sandviken Fire station is build simultanuously with Skansen Fire station. After the fire on the 22nd of September 1901 that destroyed a large part of the city center (40 wooden houses destroyed and many more damanged), the local borough spent a lot of money on the Bergen Fire brigade and they got new modern equipment and new fire stations in Sandviken and on Skansen. The architect, Th. Bjørnstad, constructed these two fire stations beautiful as churches.

When the fire station was completed in September 1903 it was meant to cover many functions. The crew should be ready to leave the station within 15-20 seconds from sounding the alarm. In the beginning it had horses and stables. On the ground floor it had also room for the telegraphist on duty, an office for the second fire chief, workshops, living room, bedrooms and storage rooms. On the first floor there were two rooms for the storage hay, two dorms, food hall, kitchen and bathroom. And of course - two brass firemen slides.

Sandviken fire station was reconstructed in the 1930's. The development made the horses redundant, the rooms for the storage of hay were made into bedrooms and the dorms were made into several smaller bedrooms. Also in later years the interior was redecorated, unfortunately without thinking of keeping the original interior. The exterior though is still original, both in shape and colour.

Today 24 firemen have their work here, and they really like their fire station and say that "this is the only fire station with a soul". No women work here, since the fire station would have to be rebuilt to make seperate facilities. The women in the fire brigade in Bergen get to serve on more modern stations.

Handheld HDR from three exposures. Tonemapped using Photomatix.

Best appreciated large and on black.

Made it to #197 on Explore (see history)

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  1. Papafrezzo, © 2007-2014 by www.papafrezzo.com 71 months ago | reply

    Dear Arty,
    Thank you for the comment. As my mother always said: "Les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas?" (french), meaning "tastes and colours are not argued over"; one does not argue over differences in taste, to each his own.
    That being said, I have to admit that I am surpised to see that this picture features on the third place in my most interesting pictures. Together with the one on the first place (see below), these are clearly overly tonemapped. I have to admit that I personally do not count these as my personal favorites, but clearly both pictures draw the attention of the Flickr community (5500 views for the first and almost 2000 for the number three).
    Again, taste is a personal thing.
    Best regards,
    Frederic

    Here a link to my number one on the interestingness list:
    Tall Ships' Race calling at Bergen

    And here the top three of my own preference list (and yes, the last one is a tonemapped HDR):
    Upside down... You're turning me...

    Eternal glory...

    A 126

  2. (deaf mute) 71 months ago | reply

    Papafrezzo "both pictures draw the attention of the Flickr community".
    Indeed, and that's what disappointed me. Your other work is much more in keeping with not just my own personal taste, but also what would be thought of as good by people who actually know a little about photography. Forgive me for being a snob, but I think many flickr people hit the FAVE button without actually looking at the picture.
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  3. Papafrezzo, © 2007-2014 by www.papafrezzo.com 71 months ago | reply

    Hi Arty,
    It seems like that the Flickr community is not always following the classical rules of composition. I will not make a judgement on that. The number of favs and the "interestingness" are beyond my control. I only have to admit that I don't always understand the outcomes.
    Best regards,
    Frederic

  4. Light ᶤˢ ᵒᶠᶠ [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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  5. markku mestila 70 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sail the Seven Seas (Admin invite only)Post1~Award3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. Gilderic Photography 69 months ago | reply

    I love the unreal mood here !

  7. Jose A Perez [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

    Nice shot
    Take a look at my photostream!
    www.flickr.com/photos/26455718@N03/

  8. elisecathrine 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called anno year, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. Alda Cravo Al-Saude (in Himachal Pradesh, India) 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Iniciatic Award ✢ (Admin Invitation Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. Tony Carlos Br 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Hive Mind, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Magnifica foto!!!

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  11. *Vera- busy [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

  12. Hugoboy67 63 months ago | reply

    Magnifique!

  13. manganite 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Manganite's faves!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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  14. Denis Collette...!!! 55 months ago | reply

    Simply great... compliments... !!! Ü

  15. Glenn Gilbert 51 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot! Love the intensity of the colors.

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  16. ladyredwings97 40 months ago | reply

    Truley a artist photo lovely rich colors!!!

  17. Paul Fenis 37 months ago | reply

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