Category Archives: Life

Nothing much

It is summer in Sweden, and it is NOT “nothing much”. Flowers in the fields sending their delightful aromas. Just go out and inhale. Enjoy the colors. After a cold and dark winter this is important for us. The light, the sun and the warmth. Fill up with energy before next autumn and winter.

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Have a great summer everybody! 😊🌺🌻🌿

Well, is it?

To me there is no question, but, not all photographs are art. So what is and what isn´t? It is up to you, and me of course. These are 2 articles from The Guardian about the subject. What would you be prepared to pay for that you couldn´t do yourself?

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/oct/19/photography-is-it-art

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http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/11/photography-is-art-sean-ohagan-jonathan-jones

Torremolinos-2This is a photograph of a painting. What is art and what isn´t? Can both be, and at the same time? You tell me.

😊  Pelle

The gun was loaded’: photographers on the shots that changed their lives

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New York

This article is from The Guardian where you can find lots of interesting articles about photography.

“Some photos change the photographers life”. Not only the viewers.

http://gu.com/p/49gyb

ESB through binucular at WTC

These 3 images changed my life years later with 9/11, when WTC was a target for a terror attack. These 2 images above were taken from the observation deck at World Trade Center. The one closest through the binoculars there. All with a small 35 mm Minox GT.

😊 Pelle

Different Perspective

Different Perspective.

I would like to reblog this from Tommy Too since the thought is very interesting. We see different things looking at the same thing. All according to who we are and what our interests are.

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I found these shapes, forms, patterns in Horten, Norway recently. Did other people also see the same things as I did?

😊 Pelle

The past thing with photography

I made these photographs some years ago, as you can see. Not knowing, or even dreaming, what was going to happen to the world. This is a series photographed with a small Minox 35mm camera, big as a cigarette box. Nothing special today, but back then it was. The series is all about Empire State Building. Seen from various positions in New York.

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New York. View from observation deck World Trade Center.

You can see that these projects, themes, that I am working on is not something new. Concentrating on a theme I try to see things from as many different views as I can.

ESB through binucular at WTC
Empire State Building. View through binoculars at observation deck World Trade Center.

Just as you press the button it becomes a thing of the past. Sometimes more than you can imagine.

Empire State Building at the top
Empire State Building. The top.
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There is only one color image in the series.
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On the way to the airport.

I have not visited NY for many years. It would be great to go there again and to work on a new series.

Empire State Building in limousine
Empire State Building seen in limousine window.
New York, Manhattan
New York, Manhattan. Empire State Building.

This picture of Empire State Building is special. It was made leaning my camera against my shoe. Not knowing precisely what I was aiming at. This is one out of 5 exposures. People passing were looking at me wondering what I was doing.

Manhattan, New York,
Manhattan, New York. World Trade Center.

Share if you care, thank you!

😊  Pelle

The start of something old

IMG_0027I have just started this project that I have been thinking of for a long time. Unique, no. But I will do it my way as usual. I have been looking, searching for gloves some time and I will continue to do that. To find the interesting gloves. The ones with a history. Again I am asking, looking for the history. Who used it, when and why?

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Gloves are used for painting, gardening, in the garage etc etc. I find them in the streets. Sometimes. Some I have used myself. But wherever they have been used they have a story to tell.

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They, the gloves, are often made for a specific reason, use. To stand water, gas or just to keep your fingers clean.

IMG_0035Builders using concrete use gloves. Of course!

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IMG_0033I think they are pretty!

😊 Share if you care, thank you!

But(t)

A good friend of mine, Rebecka Dahlén,  was running a photo gallery. During the openings cigarette butts was filling the street outside, and she didn´t like it. I understand why. So, together with a friend she came up with this idea of Don Dobbin.

“a small, fireproof and non smelling disposable pouch for cigarette stubs that can be placed directly into a pocket or into the waste bin.”

I think the idea is great and I wish they could find money for the production. The product is universal and would make a big difference for our environment. Read more on her homepage about the product that really can make a difference. And, if you can come up with an idea to start the production, or to find funds for it, I will be happy to pass the idea, or contact, along. 

http://dondobbin.com/

The cigarette industry is crazy, just look at these packages that I have photographed.  Who came up with this brilliant idea to the “Peace”package?

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I remember something funny I read a long time ago. “An ashtray is something a smoker use if the room doesn´t have a floor…”. Perhaps not so funny after all.

The featured image is one I made for an exhibition at the gallery raising attention to the butt problem.

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Other calendar themes

This is another theme used for our calendars. Spoons.

IMG_1747_2013Themes are most often to be found under my nose, like in the kitchen drawer.

IMG_1761_2013Complicated, no it doesn´t have to be.

IMG_1729_2013I remember the printers comment, “but it is only spoons”. YES! I said, that is just the point!

IMG_0095Sometimes I search in shops for something useful. This time I found lavendar and these strawberries. I know it is right when I see it.

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Worlds best food photography 2015

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32336756

This is another interesting article I found on BBC.com about photography. This time food photography. All according to the pinkladyfoodphotographyoftheyear award.  Lots of smoke. The winning photos are not just food, but also enviroment, cocking etc. Food photography is more than pans, pots and plates. Great choice I think.

Preus Museum

Last weekend I visited Norway and the Preus Museum of Photography. In 2015 they celebrate their 20th year anniversary. It is Norways National Museum of Photography, and it is situated south of Oslo. Well worth a visit if you are interested in photography.

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Leif Preus (1920-2013)

Norwegian photographer, founder of Preus Foto A/S, and collector. After years in the Navy he established himself as a photographer on Storgaten in Horten in 1956. Then in 196? with the help of the municipality of Horten he expanded to include a photo laboratory which at its height had over 200 employees and more than 40 photo shops across the entire country. Preus also founded the international portrait chain Color Art Photo. In 1976 he opened his Preus Museum of Photography which exhibited parts of what had gradually become his sizable collection of photographs, cameras, and books. Thus he became instrumental in directing attention to the history of photography in Norway. In 1992 he was named an honorary member of Norwegian Association of Professional Photographers. In 1994 the Norwegian government bought Preus Fotomuseum as the basis for the future national museum of photography. Leif Preus was the museum’s first director from 1995 through February 1998. In 2003 he was named Knight, First Class, of the Order of St. Olav for his work.

Here you will find unique cameras, like the one owned by Edward Munch the famous Norwegian painter. His house is not far away from the museum. You will also find images by the great masters and a unique library.

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IMG_0374If you would like to know more, and I highly recommend you to, visit their site. http://www.preusmuseum.no/eng

Every month a new photographer is presented on the «Wall of Fame» – the innermost wall in the anniversary exhibition From Vision Machines to Instagram. Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) devoted himself to photographing a dying culture, the North American Indians. His images will be displayed during the month of May. These are original prints!

IMG_0335The museum is a living museum and the premises are just beautiful in this harbour area in Horten, Norway. Go there!

Finally I am proud to tell you that I was the first Swedish photographer to exhibit in his museum. But that was years ago.

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😊  Pelle