Commuting - Another day on my way to the office

April 14, 2014  •  1 Comment

I live in Sandvika, which is a small town located about 15km from Oslo.  Here's a small documentary of my daily commute from Sandvika to the KPMG building at Majorstuen in Oslo.  All photos shot using a Leica M 240 camera with the amazing Summilux 1.4/21mm ASPH. lens.

One of the main reasons why I live in Sandvika is the availability of public transport options.  I gave up commute by car many years ago.  The local train station is located near the old town centre next to the bus station.

Two years ago the railway capacity between Sandvika and Lysaker was doubled when a new tunnel with tracks opened.  There is a lot of complaints regarding railway capacity in Norway.  However, from Sandvika to Oslo there's almost always a train coming within 10 minutes.

Unfortunately, I do not carry with me a camera to work every day.  However, each time I do I usually find new interesting subjects or topics to cover.

Yesterday's commute was carried out in the early afternoon.  This week is also Easter vacation week in Norway so there were few people on the train.

I usually leave the train at Nationaltheateret station in Oslo.  At several occasions I have used the station as backdrop for portrait photography. 

The Nationaltheateret train station is the only underground train station in Norway.  I remember when it was opened back in 1980.  At that time we lived at Skillebekk and I went to school at Ruseløkka which is only a few hundred meters away.

The tube is an easy and convenient way to travel in Oslo.  The tube system covers most of central Oslo.  At Majorstuen the tube station is located at short walking distance from my office.

The KPMG building is a landmark at Majorstuen and the only tall building in this part of Oslo.  It was built in 2001 after the previous building, Philipsbygget, was demolished by the first blow down of a building in Norway in 2000.

In front of the KPMG building lies the Cafe Condio which is run by the Norwegian Red Cross.  The cafe is a meeting place for youth of different cultural and ethnic background and based on volunteer work.

Next to the KPMG building lies the old Colosseum cinema theatre.  Like most cinemas nowadays Colosseum contains several theatre, but in the past it had only one large theatre screen.  I remember watching Star Wars The empire strikes back and Dune while there os only one large screen, and it were breathtaking experiences.

On a clear day the view from the top of the building is spectacular. 

King of the world!


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1.Paul from Los Angeles(non-registered)
great photos. Best regards - Paul
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