Photographer's Note

I been looking for symbols representing Denmark and ended up with my first idea – a statue of our famous storywriter Hans Christian Andersen. He was born in Odense at Fyn the 2nd of April 1805 and died in Copenhagen 1875 – leaving several hundred Fairytales, novels and artworks.
His father was a poor shoemaker and his mother was making a living by washing clothes for people in the nearby stream Odense Å.

Many of his fairytales, related to his own life – for instance the story of the ugly duckling – about a swan who was born and raised among ducks, but in the end realised he was a beautiful swan.
H.C. Andersen was also a world trekker and made many journeys round Europe –In fact his motto was: “To travel is to live”.

He was a bit complex personality as well – for instance did he suffer by a panic fear of getting buried alive – So he always carried a note on his chest saying, “I'm not dead, please wake me up” – but in 1875 the note was false.

As we next year, can celebrate he’s 200 years birthday lots of preparations going on right now – hard to overlook this when living on Fyn – and I have my own plans for celebration here on TE.

The church in the background called “The church of Saint Knud” – and is the “main church” of Odense.

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