Art & Travel Photo Journal

[Photo Journal] Bizarre in Bergen


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

For the past several weeks, I have been sharing a few photographs taken this year from Norway.

I’ve always gravitated towards the odd, the strange, the bizarre. Here is a collection of photos from a surreal shop in Bergen.

Bizarre in Bergen

“That proves you are unusual,” returned the Scarecrow; “and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.” 
― L. Frank Baum

“…Tell me, has anything odd happened to you recently?
What do you mean, odd?’
Unusual. Deviating from the customary. Something outside the usual parameters of normalcy. An occurrence of unprecedented weird.” 
― Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book

“All things are strange which are worth knowing.” 
― Catherynne M. Valente, In the Cities of Coin and Spice

We are *all* we are, and all in a sense we care to dream we are. And for that matter, anything outlandish, bizarre, is a godsend in this rather stodgy life. It is after all just what the old boy said – it’s only the impossible that’s credible; whatever credible may mean… 
― Walter de la Mare, The Return

All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. 
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

They wore their strange beauty like war paint. 
― Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I am not what you see and hear.
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

It is not that the girl is unfit for everything, it is that she is not of this world. 
― Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Bizarre in Bergen

  1. Heh… I’ve been to Bergen several times, Myra, but I don’t think I’ve seen that shop. Bizarre indeed!


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