It is the last of the year's 100 darkest days. We're out of the dark tunnel from 9 november to 2 February, when the sun never reaches higher than 16 degrees above the horizon.
this time I have passed the passage better than in many years. Instead of sky darkness, I have sometimes before sunrise and sometimes after sunset given me out on the streets of Stockholm. To have a goal for all of these dark wanderings, I have been looking for something to snap a dark short.
Alone in the dark well påpälsad I saw a heron silently to land and just below. It came from nowhere and looked like it took its jetty.
another evening: a collection of laughing young people with mobilupplysta faces that slipped around on Skinnarviksberget in a quiet snowfall. I saw a dozen children gathered under the headlights in the Rålambshovsparkens Amphitheatre. A jätteflock with cant skrattmåsar in the Stream below the statsministerresidenset. And during a trek across the fullmånebelysta Gärdet with the crunching of frozen grass beneath your feet, I saw that everyone I met went with the dog.
right in the heart of the city: The black unlit cast iron tower in the middle of the deserted islet. Gråbrödernas Riddarholmskyrka which, with its centuries-old history and its royal tombs absorbs the little light that is around it.
Also in the dark, there are things to see if you are looking an hour or two.
Nils Öhman is debattredaktör and has now completed the project ”100 dark images”.