Winter, Chapter 1

Hillerød, Denmark

Yesterday, I woke to a perfect winter morning. Clear skies, sunlight pouring down, the air crackling crisp. So as you do(n’t), I stuck my head out of the window to take a deep breath.

A hearty gust of wind swung by. All of the air in my lungs froze solid.

It was -9 °C.

Note to self: it’s winter. The frozen north and all that.

Downtown Hillerød, Denmark.

Random follies aside, the past week has been amazing. People tell me about crisp white winters in Norway and northern Sweden, and it’s a treat to experience the same in Denmark, where winters are typically grey and damp. The “Beast from the East” is wreaking havoc all over Europe, but has so far brought only untypical light to where I am. Here in Hillerød, we are free of the storms around the region, and snowfall that large swathes of the country is copping, enjoying blue skies with the frost.

All this light is making shooting in utterly pedestrian places like malls, somewhat magical.

Mall. Downtown Hillerød, Denmark.
Mall. Downtown Hillerød, Denmark.

To say nothing of exotic spaces like Renaissance castles:

Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark

That glow washing through the ornate magnificence of Frederiksborg Castle’s great, gilded hall takes my breath away every time.

I’ve been working on a moody series of images around the area called A Memory of Goodbye, here in Denmark. It’s nigh impossible to look around with a melancholy eye when the world around me is screaming “YEAHHHHHHH SUNSHINE,” but stay tuned, more of that will come.


Thank you, lovely people

Post my notification boo-boo a few days ago, I’ve gotten some very funny and downright heartwarming emails from so many of you. Thank you all for the goodwill, and feel free to continue reaching out.


  1. Sean Bodin says:

    Sjovt, jeg bor selv i Hillerød men bruger ikke meget tid på det fotografiske her, måske naboens græs altid er grønnere. Men fede foto ;O)

    1. Charlene says:

      Sean. Hillerød er måske Danmarks smykkeste by (in competition with Helsingør). Men du har Frederiksborg Slot her. Et slot gør en by smukkere, i.m.h.o.

  2. says:

    I so totally would too, stuck my head out to take a deep breath! I love crisp air!!

    LOVE the photos! Especially the second last of the castle! WOW!

    1. Charlene says:

      This castle Eunice, is something to behold. Whenever you’re next in Denmark, it’s worth a visit, 40 minutes by train from Copenhagen.

      Oh and I’m glad I’m not the only one :)

  3. Brian Miller says:

    I’m liking your Memory of Goodbye series, Charlene. And always lovely to hear from you, whether by mistake or purpose. :-) I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the cold and frozen light – that’s not an easy feat for many “tropicals”. :-)

    1. Charlene says:

      Thank you Brian. I’m enjoying working on it (particularly with a castle in the landscape). There’ll be more to come.

      With the cold, i think the novelty helps, as does the fact that i don’t live with this 6 months a year. Although it would be something to try at some stage, before i get all arthritic ;)

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