The water reservoir at Uggleviken. It has a capacity of 18,000 m³ and was built in 1935. A unique aspect of its design is that it has no thermal insulation - calculations showed that even with an outside temperature of -25°C, the water in the reservoir was such a massive store of heat that its temperature would only drop by a few tenths of a degree. This was subsequently proven during the cold winters at the start of the 1940's, where a thin crust of ice did form but was broken up as the water level changed. (Source: Wikipedia[a])
The remains of the Ugglevik well, a trinity well that according to popular belief would have water with special healing powers. The first mention of it is from the end of the 18th century, and the water was potable until the 1970's. At present the water is not potable, and the well has been sealed. Spring water does break through to the surface, forming small streams leading down to the Ugglevik swamp.
The golden rules of Alby (from left to right, top to bottom): Everyone has the right to have friends. Everyone has the right to live in Alby. Give us a drug-free Alby. Don't destroy Alby - it's our future. If there's hope, there's life - but we don't want to see a knife. Think with your brain, save your bicep. Take care of everything that grows. We shall try to stop the violence. Treat big and small with respect.
The rules were selected by the children in the local schools and were put up on September 13, 1996.
An addition to the house: The box is an extra room and comes with a terrace. The photographer Tobias Fischer[c] lives in such an apartment (and has his photo studio there), and was interviewed about this in Dagens Nyheter: A roof terrace in the million programme[d] (Swedish).
This oak is over 200 years old and has seen Hagsätra transformed from countryside to city suburb. It is the vårdträd of Hagsätra Gård. The vårdträd was, in the folk religion, a dominant tree that stood near the farm and on whose well-being the luck and prosperity of the family were dependent. Damaging the tree, or even breaking off leaves, was sure to result in disease or bad luck. The hustomte[e], or other mythical creatures, were said to live under the tree. While the mythical creatures lack any form of scientific basis, what does have a scientific basis is the fact that, as the highest point near the main building, the vårdträd would function as a primitive lightning-rod, and be hit before the main building was.
The whole piece, in all its glory. This shot is primarily intended for documentary purposes and is a 185 megapixel image that I assembled from five composite images. It is the first time I do a composite of composites, and this is the so far biggest image I've produced. Since the whole wall couldn't be seen from one spot, I moved between five different locations. The result is that some items (like the black column in the middle) are seen from both left and right, and nothing above the wall matches; as well as nothing surrounding the entrance to the youth club. I've not spent any time trying to get those bits to fit - I figure you're here for the piece and nothing else. The worst bit is the part behind the basketball basket. I stuck the camera in below the basket and then warped the resulting image into place, but at the top of the space where the basket used to be the image underwent considerable distortion. The sky is from a photo taken in Husby. The sky was horribly overexposed in the original, and I thought I would just cut it away - but that didn't work; the big empty area was too distracting. So I figured I might as well put some sky in there. It is a poor comp job, I know. But it's not the point of this image.