An Eyesore with History

Four!  Three !  Two! One!  Say good-bye to the sun!  Can you tell I have three kids in preschool?  Rhymes pop into my mind and spew out of my mouth uncontrollably.  It’s a bit of an alarming condition, but this little ditty is, in fact, true.  The last day we get a glimpse of the center of the sun is in two days, if the clouds permit it.  On November 20th the sun will be below the horizon until January 22.  So with a weather forecast promising clear skies, it was a mad scramble to take a few photos in the daylight.

Abandoned Fish Processing Plant, Storbukt, Norway

I’ve been wanting to take some pictures of a local, abandoned, fish processing plant.  This building can give visitors a glimpse into the history of a fishing community.  As the German army left Norway at the end of WW II, they burned everything in the northern region called Finnmark.  The years after the war were spent rebuilding what was destroyed and the fishing industry also went through a reconstruction.

Private companies and government agencies invested in the fishing industry.  With great optimism, many ventures were started.  However, a combination of factors have contributed to many of these plants being shut down:  Recession during the end of the reconstruction period, depopulation of small fishing villages, and larger fishing companies buying out smaller ones, to name a few.

This old fishing plant is along the road into Honningsvåg and the North Cape.  I imagine most people, if they notice it at all, would consider it an eyesore.  But for me, every abandoned building has a thousand stories waiting to be told.  I wonder who it was who had to fill this window up with bricks?  Did he or she think that one day they’d be taken out again and the plant would reopen?

Bricked-in Window, fishing plant

open door, fire escape

Concrete columns, fishing plant

Look for the word "Sild", it means "herring"

A pier back in the day

paint remnants

columns touching the sky

hole in the wall

open window, concrete, fishing plant

And who didn’t fill in this window with bricks?  Had he or she known that no bricks would protect this building from what the future held?

About ekhaugli

I'm Erica from America living at the top of the world - North Cape, Norway. I run my own gallery, Once Upon a Dream Gallery and Gift Shop, nestled in the picturesque fishing town, Honningsvåg. In 2014 I started and environmental art project, One Step at a Time, concentrating on removing trash from or arctic shoreline.
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2 Responses to An Eyesore with History

  1. knudsens says:

    Nice, a norwegian abandoned place.

    • ekhaugli says:

      You take really beautiful photos. I like the ones you’ve taken in abandoned buildings. Best of luck with your creative endeavors. And your photo that you posted with your latest blog was a powerful image. Hopefully it can be helpful for others who suffer from depression to dare to talk about it.

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