When photographers and objects meet things can happend that will leave traces. For very long. When Mary Ellen Mark met Amanda they formed a relation that still talks to us. Mary with her photography and Amanda with her expression, attitude. Here is the story about what happaned to Amanda. She is still thinking about the moments for the photographs and her contact with the photographer. The interesting article from npr.
Here is also a link from The Guardian about more of Mary Ellen Marks famous photographs. Of course the one with Amanda is included.
People are everything!
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.
Have a great summer everybody! 😊🌺🌻🌿
This is the name of a film about photographer Sebastião Salgado. I saw it yesterday and I really like to recommend it to you all. No light movie entertainment but a moving story about his life and photography. Always traveling the world documenting areas where not many people like to go. Unless you absolutely have to. Like Doctors without borders. This is real life and it is shocking to see how terrible circumstances are for too many people in our world.
Sebastião Salgado is one of the most widely-respected of contemporary photojournalists. His in-depth bodies of work document the lives of people the world over, finding beauty, strength and hope even in those in the bleakest of circumstances.
These are some links that will take you to his images and more information about him.
If you get a chance, go see the movie and send a contribution to Doctors without borders. I will do that right now.
I understand that the movie will be presented after the summer.
Early in photography school my teacher got very upset over one of my friends that hadn´t done his homework. He said he didn´t have the inspiration. My teacher, Calldick Lundblad, said “how are you going to get food on the table and be paying the rent if you will always sit around waiting for inspiration”? Good question!
In the blogging world there are so many people sharing ideas and inspiration to get a better life. I think that is marvellous. The world really has a chance to be a better place with all the improvement. But it all comes down to us. We have to have a will, inspiration and we have to work to get there, to do it. It all start with yourself. You are in the center of your own life and it is you who is in charge. Not so easy all the time, really. Don´t think I am not aware of that.
What my photography teacher told me, and I live by it still, is to get into it. To start. Along the way you will build the inspiration, together with the transpiration. For every step that is getting you closer to the goal it feels better and better. The inspiration builds up. It is hard work but rewarding. Perhaps you can inspire others. The best of it all.
This series of images was created for an exhibition in a food education center.
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Today I stopped and picked up the black glove that I have been seeing in Sveavägan for many days. I finally did it. It has been run over by thousands of cars during rain and shine. A woman walking her dog was looking very suspiciously at me. 😉 Other gloves are coming in from friends. I will let you know how it all develops.
No, the black glove is not included in this blog.
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.
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?
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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