The Universal in the Ordinary






During the Bolivian photo workshop this spring Jesper Voldgaard was one of the participants who showed an amazing development. He has an eye for those little details and situations that tells a bigger story than just what appears at first sight. Jesper is able to transcend the ordinary into something universal. The sadness and openness in a child’s eyes shows the sadness of all children in the world. Two humorous elderly represent all the good spirit of old people. Jesper has a humble approach to his subjects, you see in his pictures the respect he feels for people he encounters and captures. He is a humanitarian photographer in its rightful meaning.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to show more than a handful of Jesper’s pictures, but if you want to see more of his work from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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79 Responses to The Universal in the Ordinary

  1. Reggie says:

    These pictures give me goosebumps, Otto… Extraordinary, richly textured images.

  2. Excellent, excellent pictures. MM 🍀

  3. semprevento says:

    Dear Otto,
    the photographs are wonderful and express the sensitivity
    the photographer.
    It captures all the innocence in children’s eyes
    the humility of the elderly and the great love of the photographer.
    Congratulations from the heart.
    a hug

  4. Great photo’s, with a lot expression and meaning. The second one with the dark truck and the low back-light is brilliant. Cheers, harrie.

  5. Victoria says:

    Amazing images.
    Jesper certainly has an eye for detail and scenes which tell a story.

  6. Yvonne says:

    Indeed beautiful photos made by Jesper

  7. Wonderful photographs. I especially like the shot of the little girl and the one of the two young women at the corner of the building. That latter photo contains immense tension.

  8. Photo of Two says:

    Beautiful serious of street photos, Otto. And the last street portrait is very touching. Those child’s eyes look straight to the soul. Going to check more Jesper’s work. Thanks for sharing!

  9. renxkyoko says:

    Except for photo 1, I feel a sense of desperation in all the photos. I don’t know.

    • munchow says:

      There is a lot of desperation in Bolivia, but I am not sure I see it the same way. It’s still great you have a different take on Jesper’s pictures. Thank you for the comment!

  10. Elin says:

    Strong images from this daily life! So different form the way I live my life….

  11. mcralf says:

    Phantastic shots.

  12. Each image makes me stop and examine the entire scene. His work is heartfelt and strong. Each stands alone or is linked to the others. He definitely gets inside his subjects’ narratives.

  13. YellowCable says:

    The pictures represent the ordinary life of people there and their emotions so well. Great captures.

  14. RobynG says:

    A true talent! Beautiful, thought provoking images! Blessings, Robyn

  15. wow! i took a peek at Jesper’s works and they’re like sociological pieces, sir. also, the book about Bolivia – the captures are laser shots, ahaha. they seem to tell the stories of human longing – what makes for life, what drives people to go on… thank you for sharing these. you guys are excellent artists, hoho. do create more… 🙂

  16. Angeline M says:

    Wonderful composition and light in each photo; each one does indeed tell a story.

  17. viveka says:

    A fantastic artist – what you show here is just amazing .. and I love the photo with the lorry and how he has captured the light on the little dog. I really like his work. Thanks for introducing Jesper.

  18. Jesper really does seem to capture the essence of the people has photographed. Each image makes a lasting impression on your heart.

  19. It’s cool how you’re supporting and respecting another photographer on your page. I think the term “humanitarian photographer” is a perfect term.

  20. Sony Fugaban says:

    So true, Mr. Otto. My heart sees how the pictures especially the last one exhibits that captured emotions. The eyes do tell a thousand words.

  21. Sun says:

    i do see stories waiting to be told from each of Mr. Volgaard’s photos – the street one with the dog crossing begs for the story to be told. thanks for sharing. ♥

  22. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    These are great, just great. I really wonder about the two women peeking around that corner. Would love to see the wider picture on that one.

  23. Habakuk says:

    Stunning shots, full of personality and personal stories. I like the story telling quality in this sequence.

  24. coast|line says:

    Splendid! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Lisa Gordon says:

    Thank you for sharing this here, Otto.
    These photographs are wonderful.
    So much emotion in each one.

  26. Incredible images! And thanks for visiting my blog as well!

  27. restlessjo says:

    Yes, these capture the moment brilliantly 🙂

  28. thirdeyemom says:

    The last photo of the girl is amazingly beautiful.

  29. Phillip says:

    His photographs really tells a story. Wonderful job.

  30. likeitiz says:

    The last picture is too heart-rending for words. When you look into her eyes, you see such the sense of desolation.

  31. These are such wonderful photos. I would love to know more about the subjects and the settings. They are truly compelling. I love the way you describe Jesper as a humanitarian photographer. That says a great deal about his character, as well as talent. Lovely!

  32. It is the ordinary that pierces our soul to feel and relate. You capture life in a haunting, moving, pure way my friend. You spoke in images what words can’t say but your subjects in these pics.

  33. Arindam says:

    Excellent photography. The second one is my favorite for sure. Thanks a lot for sharing these photos.

  34. Is that a monkey in the second photo from the top? The light on its back is amazing!

  35. There’s a depth of feeling in these. Wonderful vision by that photographer.

  36. Your blog takes me places I cannot go myself. Thank you for that. The pictures are beautiful!

  37. Carrie says:

    Jesper does have an eye for details. I love how he often got into different perspectives on the photos. Like the truck as if he was to be run over. Amazing emotional photos as well.

  38. Carrie says:

    Just finally checked the book out was great seeing everyones different view on the trip and quickly could see the differences in different approaches people took the a scene. Or how different scenes drew the attention more to one photography. The book depicted such a hard poor life. Thanks for sharing it.

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