The photographer made his way into the empty Stockholm subway and was dumbfounded. The staff mesmerized!

Any place with a lot of traffic becomes part of the culture. This also happens with bus stops and subways around the world.

Stockholm has more than a dozen special subway stations that have been decorated by famous artists.

Images of amazing platforms have been featured in articles many times. But usually there is always someone in the frame, and it is almost impossible to shoot them empty.

Therefore, at the beginning of 2020, German photographer David Altrat (David altrath) decided to close this gap by collecting a collection of desolate art spaces.

He decided not to wait for quarantine in the country and act in his own way. After all, even when COVID-19 began to rage in Europe, the flow of people remained almost unchanged due to Sweden’s special attitude towards the virus.

Below are some of the most beautiful stations in the world and how they were captured as if Sweden were also in tough isolation.

Artists have been decorating Stockholm metro almost since the opening

An elaborate 1962 metro development plan that is still followed today

The metro in the capital of Sweden appeared relatively late, in 1950. It consists of three branches with forks and includes 100 stations (there are 234 in Moscow). And called Subway (subway from Swedish), so its logo was capitalized T.

There is only one station in the city that connects all branches. T ‑ Centralen was opened in 1957 and was among the first to be decorated by local craftsmen.

On the main one you saw exactly that very central station

Then the trend spread to neighboring stops, and as a result, the longest art gallery in the world, as it is called, appeared in the metro. The walls are decorated with frescoes, relief compositions and even LED sculptures.

On the blue line, the unusual design is the largest, but in the end, the artists added something of their own to almost every station. As a result, from all branches it turned out 105 km skillstate. For comparison, the Louvre is 14 km long.

The photographer was waiting for everyone to leave the subway

Станция Kungsträdgården

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden has been the only European country to abandon its stringent quarantine measures. People continued to go to work, gather in restaurants, send their children to school.

Because of this, it turned out to be as difficult to get to popular places in the country without anyone being there as in any other year. Sometimes for this you need to fly in an unfavorable season for tourism, but even this option did not work with the metro.

So David Altrat shot at night. For two days, he arrived several hours before closing and waited for the last passengers to leave. So he already managed to take some of the pictures without a single person and go to the next platform.

Then, from 1 am to 5 am, the carriages stopped, so the photographer traveled from station to station by taxi and then he received complete creative freedom.

Perfect composition requires special equipment

Huvudsta Station with the theme of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. To capture straight lines, you need to superimpose several shots of each other

The main point in such panoramic, harmonious and verified shots is that the lines are perfectly straight. Camera lenses usually bent over in subway corridors.

Correcting perspective in photo editor has become the most common solution, but it does not always give a realistic result. Therefore, David Altrat used special Tilt-Shift Lensesthat cost about 167,000 rubles.

The optical axis is movable in such. It adjusts so that the camera itself stays in place. The resulting photographs partially overlap each other. After shooting, they are all glued together in Photoshop and you get a panorama with an unusual immersive effect and pronounced depth in the frame.

Below you will see how thick columns almost everywhere seem to cut into stone, and the surface of the walls itself is uneven.

The fact is that tunnels are dug in rocky soil, and for aesthetic variety and because of the difficulty in grinding, they are often left untreated.

Below, take a look at 12 of the most impressive stations of the only metro in all of Sweden.

Screenshots of the map with the location of stations are taken from the official site Stockholm metro

1.T-Centralen (Central)

Was originally on the blue branch. Now at the intersection of three

The heart of the Stockholm metro has been graced by dozens of artists for nearly 40 years, since its opening in 1957.

The blue painting was designed by the Swedish sculptor and painter of Finnish origin Per Olov Ultvedt (Per Olov Ultvedt).

Due to the fact that only T-Centralen connects all metro lines, almost no tourist will miss this station. Mosaics, stained glass windows, patterns and other elements from other masters can be found in different parts of the platform.

2. Tekniska Högskolan (Technological Institute)

Red branch, top

The station was opened in 1973 and named after the Royal Institute of Technology, to which it leads.

Therefore, Swedish artist Lennat Mörk (Lennart Mörk) plays on the theme of science in the design.

He decorated the walls and ceiling with images and sculptures dedicated to Copernicus’s theory of heliocentrism, Newton’s apple, the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Kepler and others.

3. Solna Centrum

The notes of a song about the world were written on the walls, and a sculpture with fantastic elements was built inside.

Blue branch, top

Opened in 1975 in the Solna area, when there was a vivid discussion in the country on the topic of the environment.

The design was done by the artist Karl-Olov Bjork (Karl-Olov Björk) and sculptor Anders Oberg (Anders Åberg).

In their hymn to nature, they not only put several sculptures. For the most powerful effect, they painted the bottom of the walls solid green and black, and the top one fiery orange.

However, after a few years, it seemed to the masters that something was missing: the authors returned and added details to the compositions on the walls. This is how tree silhouettes, country sketches, bright sunsets and notes from the Woody Guthrie song appeared. Better World.

4. Solna Strand (Solna Beach)

Blue branch, top left

Industrial area Vretens (Vretens industriområde) opened in 1985, but in the 2000s the area of ​​the same name, in which the platform was located, changed its name to Solna Strand.

In 2014, the property owners at their own expense changed the name of the station, and so it began to be called in honor of the now office area.

The decorative elements were added by the Swedish sculptor of Japanese origin Takashi Naraha (Naraha).

Entrance to Solna Strand

At the entrance you can see a black cube, which seems to be embedded in the ground. And inside the same figures are already wrapped in a heavenly print.

The author’s idea was that the sky seems to penetrate the platform, and the darkness of the tunnel makes its way upward. The composition is called The sky of the cube or Cube sky.

5. Rådhuset (Ратуша)

The box on the right looks like it is made of wood, but in fact it is painted concrete.

Blue line, center

In order to open this platform by 1975, it was necessary to blow up a rock right under the building of Stockholm City Hall.

It is located on the island of Kungsholmen, so the artist Sigvard Olsson (Sigvard Olsson) added scenery from the history of the area.

So huge wooden boxes for hay began to stick out of the walls and small basketshanging from the ceiling boots, and trains leaving for the tunnel pass through stone portal.

6. Stadion (Stadium)

Red branch, top

The station opened in 1973 next to the Stockholm stadium, which was built for the 1912 Olympic Games.

Therefore, this is the main theme in design. Enno Hallek and Karl Åke Pallarp painted the walls blue and placed a rainbow that seems to hold the vault and invite to the carriages.

In the corridors you can see a lot of Olympic and sports paraphernalia, including 1912 poster with Games and modular sculptures in vibrant colors.

7. Kungsträdgården (Royal Garden)

Blue branch, right

This is the deepest station in Stockholm, it was opened in 1977. Due to the fact that it is 34 meters from the surface (in Moscow it is Victory Park at 84 meters), it turned out that it is home to the only species of spiders and moss that have not been recorded anywhere else in Sweden.

The platform was named after old park, which has been known since the days of royal families.

The original decor was reflected not only in the erection of medieval statues, the introduction of heraldry into the walls or the painting of the ceiling with the color of lush green.

In his work, the artist Ulrik Samuelson added red and white repair stripes to remind of the fire in the palace, on the ruins of which the park was expanded and eventually made a public place.

8. Tensta (Тенста)

To the left of the sun is the text of the poem. On the right in the corner of the sign with the word “solidarity”

Blue branch, top left

The station was opened in 1975, and its theme is called Rose for immigrants.

Artist and author Anna Helga Henschen filled the platform with white, adding verses and texts in several languages ​​and illustrations to them with animals and flowers.

A family of penguins sits on a shelf in the center of the platform, and signs with the word “solidarity” in 18 languages ​​hang over one of the tracks. The whole station is imbued with the spirit of the world and a call to understand each other.

9. Thorildsplan

Green line, center left

The station was named after a park named after the Swedish poet and feminist Thomas Toril (Thomas Thorild). Torildspan was launched in 1952, two years after the opening of the metro in Stockholm, and was issued in two stages.

In 1975, sculptor Hak Haltgren (Huck Hultgren) hung out wooden decorations on the theme of nature with the sun and plants.

In 2008, painter and illustrator Lars Arrhenius (Lars Arrhenius) covered absolutely the entire platform with blue tiles with 8-bit illustrations.

The author wanted to immerse passengers in the world of video games, and therefore paved the passageways, stairs and even elevators with a large mosaic.

10. Mörby Centrum (Mörby Shopping Center)

Red branch, very top

The terminal station of the red line was launched in 1978, although it was not conceived as such. Because of this, the ground infrastructure there was weak, but the design turned out to be almost magical.

The design was done by the artists Karin Ek and Gösta Wessel (Gösta Wessel).

They made it so that the vaults from afar resemble a snow cave. This illusion was achieved through a specially calculated painting and spotlights that shine along the walls and thereby add volume.

As with many stations, there are elements here that seem to protrude beyond the rocky structure. In this case, it is a multi-colored tile sculpture.

11. Odenplan (Odenplan)

Green line, center

The Odenplan metro station itself was opened back in 1952, but recently the infrastructure was updated. In 2017, an overground metro track was added to the metro (like the MCD in Moscow), and they also approached the design of the transfer creatively.

Works by 14 creators appeared at the station, one of them was David Swenson (David Svensson).

In his composition Life line (Life Line) you can count almost 400 meters of zig-zag LED strips. They not only illuminate the room, but also create the illusion that the sky is above your head.


So David Altrat in just 2 days managed to do a tremendous job and create one of the most worthy projects for the Stockholm metro.

If you are interested in looking at his other work, then you can do it in Instagram, Bēhance or on his personal website. [WIRED, iPhones.ru]


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