Photographer's Note

I know I had called one of my recent photos 'The last red cottages'. I apologize for breaking my promise to finish that series, but I suddenly realized I had forgotten to do a a photo session at Lotsgatan, one of the prettiest streets on Södermalm.

So a few days ago I went there, hoping I would find a person or two to enliven the view of 18th century wooden cottages painted with Falu rödfärg.

I was lucky. As I approached the street located in the northeastern part of the island, I found myself only a few steps behind an elderly couple going for a "Nordic walk" (using special walking sticks).

I took a few photos and will show two of them as workshops.

From Wikipedia I learned that most people living here and in adjoining streets in the 18th century were employed at a nearby shipyard or had other connections with the shipping industry. 'Lots' is the Swedish word for a person licensed to steer ships into a port. It was, and still is, an important job, considering the maze of narrow waterways among the thousands of islands outside Stockholm.

From late 19th century and well into the 20th this was a slummy area of desperate poverty and overcrowding. After many years of neglect most buildings were in a bad shape, until the city council decided in 1956 that they had a cultural value and should be saved. Careful restoration was done in the early 1960's and most certainly again much later.

The map coordinates 59.31513 18.09179 will take you here. There are many more buildings of this kind in the surroundings.

And don't forget the WS photos.

PS I'd better not guarantee that I will never again post a red cottage on Södermalm.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11719 W: 564 N: 22514] (97636)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-05-25
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-05-29 0:15
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