By Corey Sandler
There’s more water than land in this part of Norway.
The municipality of Ålesund occupies seven of the outer islands in the county of Møre og Romsdal.
There is no doubt that there are many things terrible about a great fire. Lives, property, history lost.
But if you’re looking for something positive about the destruction of a city by fire, there is this: when a boomtown burns down and is rebuilt, the result is often a handsome showpiece of a particular style.
Ålesund was almost totally destroyed on January 23, 1904.
The oft-told story is that the fire began after a cow kicked over a torch and in the cold night a wind-driven fire raced through the wooden town, destroying about 850 homes, killing one person, and leaving more than 10,000 residents without shelter.
And then the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil, the Germanic version of Art Nouveau style.
I have been here many times and always find myself in a reflective mood. Today I went out and rephotographed scenes that I have taken before. My goal was to see if I could find see if I could view familiar places in new ways.
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