Monthly Archives: February 2012


My creation

Norway is a monolingual society in many respects. While we do have many minority languages, the majority of the people tend to forget that as they go through their lives speaking Norwegian at home, at work and with friends, and hearing the language on the news and reading it in the newspapers.

When the theme was ‘Words’ over at Mortal Muses, I spent two weeks shooting images containing words in some way, two weeks where I didn’t travel abroad or anything, but lived my life in Oslo as I usually do.

The end result is a collection of words in a surprising amount of languages. There is of course both bokmål and nynorsk, the two written standards of Norwegian. Then, of course, English is highly prevalent. But there is also Latin and French, and there are several examples where two languages are mixed.

If you ask me, this is a positive discovery and a good thing. The more languages we know, the more insight and knowledge we stand to gain.

Links to the images in the mosaic:
1. {115/366-2} Definition of calmness?, 2. Golden Book, 3. {116/366-2} City languages, 4. {117/366-2} Words and images, 5. Weird words, 6. {118/366-2} …if he soars with his own wings., 7. Short – and sweet?, 8. {119/366-2} But where is the sun?, 9. The Crow and the Owl, 10. Signs, 11. {120/366-2} Antiques, 12. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 13. {121/366-2} Ljos – ‘light’, 14. {122/366-2} I , 15. {123/366-2} The books you remember, 16. {124/366-2} Handwriting, 17. {125/366-2} Bilingualism, 18. {126/366-2} Cryptic message, 19. {127/366-2} Bookshelf in sepia, 20. Birds of Passage

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