Glimpses from Oslo, Norway | Skillshare Projects

Mads S.

Graphic designer



Glimpses from Oslo, Norway

Hi all! Before I start with the project itself I thought it would be nice to talk a bit about myself, my relationship to photography and Instagram. Also I'd like to say a few words about the photos themselves. I'll also be posting whatever texts that followed the images when I posted them on IG.

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy the project. :)

Some background
I'm a 24 year old Graphic Design student currently living in Oslo, Norway. I have a BA in Visual Communications and have had an interest in photography ever since I watched the movie Pecker when I was 8 or 9 years old.

In the past I've had some bad experiences photographing people on the street, which partly has lead me to focus more on buildings and architecture in my photography today. More than anything I strive to capture an emotion or mood in my imagery, be it positive or negative. What I like about photography is the ability to do just this – freeze a certain moment, a certain angle, a certain mood.

Instagram has, to me, become a creative outlet where everything is allowed. Being used to constantly reviewing and revising my work with Graphic Design, having a place where I can do whatever I want without anyone telling me I'm right or wrong is great.

Finally, the task was to photograph ones neighbourhood over the course of a week. This turned out to be a lot more challenging than I first thought, mainly due to a very tight schedule. I will here, however, try to present the best photos I took since starting the project. The majority of the pictures have been adjusted with Snapseed and I've used my favorite app VSCO to add film-like filters. I've decided to include the final Instagram-pictures only. These are very grainy on any large device screen, but believe me when I say that they look way better on my trusty old iPhone 4.

So without further ado, here are my images:


Day 1 - Grünerløkka student house, aka. "The silo", located in Oslo, Norway, is an old grain silo from the 50s. Refurbished in 2001, it now houses over 220 student apartments. In December I've lived here for a year. It's very centrally located and yes - the rooms are round.


Day 2 - Westerdals Høyskole - Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, formerly known as Westerdals School of Communication, was founded in 2001, its history a spanning to the 60s. In 2012 I applied for the Graphic Design department. After four months of entry exam assignments, an interview and plenty of weeks waiting for an answer – I got accepted. Never have I ever been so happy to be given such a chance.


Day 3 – The Grünerløkka neighborhood lies at the eastern part of Oslo. Once a workers district, it has since the end of the 1990s experienced gentrification and is today a vibrant place with lots of various cultural offerings.


Day 4 – Despite being a (relatively) large city, Oslo is filled with green areas and parks. The Sofienberg park lies in the Grünerløkka neighborhood and is a popular place for the residents to walk their dogs, relax, barbecue or generally get some time away from the city.



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