Photoessay: a glimpse of Freistadt Christiania
The story of Freetown Christiania has been told elsewhere in great detail; although one would be better served if he or she would research more than one source. And the best bet would probably be visiting the place, seeing for yourself and talking to the locals.
From the beginning Christiania was a matter of controversy. An anarchic independent “city state” in the heart of one of Europe’s most iconic capitals is something of an oxymoron in itself. Not trying to avoid the subject; the most controversial issue is certainly Christiania’s liberal stance on “soft drugs” (in contrast with any hard drug which is strictly prohibited in Freetown). The Danish governments have historically alternated between tolerance and prohibition –even violent shut-downs- in this issue. Every reader will have, I’m sure, his or hers own opinion on the matter, but, this being my blog, I guess I’m entitled offering my own. And that is that, historically, wherever “recreational substances” were legally allowed and regulated by the state, drug-related crime and even circulation of dangerous drugs went decisively down.
I visited Christiania recently, and here is a small gallery of photos, focusing on the site, architecture and general spirit of the place. I have taken several photos of people, and even the Green District (after permission, of course), but, respecting the wishes of my subjects, I’m not going to publish them here; they shall remain in my archive.
Gear facts: almost all photos in the gallery taken with the Fuji X-70, except about half a dozen, which are with the X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2