Category Archives: Borås

Kråkekärrsgatan in Borås

Kråkekärrsgatan walking towards town and Knalleland. I am on my way to Borås Zoo to look at the animals.
On Kråkekärrsgatan walking towards town and Knalleland. I am on my way to Borås Zoo to look at the animals.

We are still in Borås, this time on the street were I lived while in Borås walking towards town or to Knalleland. I used to walk this street every day to work. To the left in the picture is a football ground and to the right is 1930s houses. It is saturday and I am on my way to look at the animals at Borås zoo.



 

Towards the bus square

On the street leading to Södra torget where all the buses are.
On the street leading to Södra torget where all the buses are.

I spent eight months in Borås from June 2015 to January 2016. This picture is from the street leading to Södra Torget or the Southern square by the river Viskan. This is part of the original town of Borås “inside the fences” that was founded as a marketplace. Borås was a textile mill center and many travelling salesmen came from Borås. They were called “knallar” and sold fabric, prints, haberdashery and many other things. They had a “knallepass”, a passport allowing them to act as businessmen. The most common conception is of a barefoot man with a bundle on a stick but some of them transported quantities of wares by wagon and were not poor though the district were counted as poor.

The picture is taken in the autumn of 2015.

Boring Postcards

Borås town hall from the same spot as the photo taken by a postcard photographer from "Boring Postcards" many years ago.
Borås town hall from the same spot as the photo taken by a postcard photographer from “Boring Postcards” many years ago.

Last year I was introduced to the book “Boring Postcards” by a co-worker where I worked then.  I had talked about my site Weekly Weather with a colleague and compared some of my pictures with the pictures in a book I have heard of but never seen. The book is named  “Boring postcards” (Tråkiga vykort). My colleague had the book and kindly let me have a look in it. I was very happy when he gave me the book as a parting gift as well. Inspired by the book I took a modern replica of the city hall in Borås from the same angle as the postcard reprinted in the book is taken from. A quite funny little book with postcards from the 1950s and the 1960s with postcards of the most mundane buildings and places. The kind of places and buildings I often think are boring to photograph and think is tough to make interesting photographs of. But if no one takes any photographs of these building they will remain undocumented and no one will know how it looked during this period. The book “Boring postcards” is out of print but there is another one called “More boring postcards” still available and the front can be seen here in a small picture.

So this blog will be about boring postcards, ordinary pictures from the beaten paths where I travel.  Those that know me from my other blogs know that I am mainly an urban person that travel on the tarred and paved streets of cities sometimes taking detours to the countryside. Most of my blogs are photography blogs and my main blogs get updated at least once a week. The pictures on this blog will probably have been published before on one of my other blogs.

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