Muted Contemplation

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

© Monica Amberger

Monica Amberger took my eWorkshop earlier this summer and showed some excellent work during the eight weeks the workshop lasted. She is a very talented photographer who prefers so shoot in Mother Nature. There Monica captures everything from vigorous wildlife and animals in their natural habitat to gorgeous tableau and sceneries mostly in her beloved Swedish forest landscape. During the workshop, Monica also showed some fun picture of almost life-size dolls she has made herself, captured in lifelike situations. Very playful and humorous.

Still for the presentation here, I chose to show some of her more quiet images, all capturing the ambience of that beautiful Swedish landscape. There is a simplicity to this work that encourage contemplation and reflection. If the viewer let herself or himself into these images, they will find a peaceful place and a grounding that most of us have lost with our urban life style. Just let go of everything else and enjoy Monica’s pictures. Find the stillness in you that resonate with Monica’s images. For more of her work, look up her blog, M Amberger fotoblogg.

By the way, I plan to start another eWorkshop sometime in January. I will soon get back with more information.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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87 Responses to Muted Contemplation

  1. Lovely photographs by Monica. That first shot is a real gem! Thanks for sharing Otto 🙂

  2. Gunta says:

    I am very much drawn to this serene style. Such beautiful images!

  3. Beautiful series, Otto 🙂

    Each one has got a personality of it’s own, but the first one is my favorite for it’s perspective and composition 🙂

  4. suej says:

    Muted contemplation is exactly right – these are very restful, calming images

  5. restlessjo says:

    Absolutely love this work, Otto. I was whizzing by but just had to stop to comment. 🙂

  6. These are beautiful photos. You are right that you can lose yourself in these stunning images. Congratulations to Monica.

  7. Beautiful – thank you Otto. The first three in particular are sublime.

  8. Patrizia M. says:

    Le foto di Monica sono fantastiche, ho anche guardato il suo blog e le faccio veramente di cuore tantissimi complimenti, è bravissima.
    Un caro saluto a Monica e uno grande grande a te caro Otto.
    Ciao, Patrizia

  9. Great photos, the first one is a real eye catcher! But they are all very good, as it is said a sense of quiet arrives deep to the viewer, brava Monica!

  10. Dina says:

    Excellent! OMG this is seriously good, the first four ones have a deep calming effect. I think I’d drop the last one in this presentation to make it look more “complete”. On the other hand, the movements in the last one brings out the contrast and make me appreciate the first ones even more, I think.
    Well done, Monica! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.
    Ha en god helg, Otto! 🙂

  11. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful restful photos – so quiet and serene

  12. Such serene, ethereal compositions, Otto. Her work is lovely.

  13. dodgysurfer says:

    I love these, the first four in particular, but as someone else mentioned the last contrasts nicely.

  14. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder ich wünsche einen schönen Tag und einen schönen ersten Advent liebe Grüße von mir.Gislinde

  15. YellowCable says:

    Stunning works! She is just so talented..

  16. likeitiz says:

    This Is just beautiful.

  17. Mary says:

    Those are wonderful, peaceful shots.

  18. RuneE says:

    Much beauty to behold. Rising mist is always fun and that first photo is breathtaking.

  19. love the misty shot, all are lovely.

  20. lauramacky says:

    Really beautiful shots. I am very fond of the first two, especially the second actually.

  21. Extraordinary. And I could get totally lost in that first shot.

  22. Elaine- says:

    i love the ones with the mist, i remember one morning i was up super early with a thick fog, this was before digital, and i went out in my car in search of a good subject, and i found and old old little stone church with an ancient graveyard in it, i took the most awesome pics and couldn’t believe my good fortune, but i don’t know where those pics went, but every time i see good pics with a fog, i’m taken back to that misty morning

  23. paula graham says:

    Some very stylish photos, both on this post and on her own blog. Shows great sensitivity and artistic approach in how she sees the world around her.

  24. seabluelee says:

    I love these photos of Monica’s that you’ve shared here. This sort of photography is close to my own heart. I love the simple serenity and natural beauty she’s captured here.

  25. Pat says:

    Magifiques three firsts pictures !! simple sweet and pure color side! have a good weekend

  26. Mooie foto’s van Monica. De eerste en derde zijn prachtig door die mist maar de tweede is ook heel goed gespot 🙂

  27. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful and serene photos ~ as if the viewer could just fall right into the scene. Great work!

  28. Robert Jones says:

    Stunning work! Amazing! We live in such a beautiful world. I have been enjoying the book, “Reclaiming the Wild Soul,” by author Mary Reynolds Thompson. The author has ridden pigs in Positano, trekked the Himalayas, and been battered by the winds of Patagonia. Her passion for nature infuses every page of this book as she weaves her own story with those of her clients and the voice of the Earth herself.

  29. Gertie says:

    Så roligt att få se Monicas bilder här hos dig. Jag håller med dig, hon är verkligen duktig, hon har känslan och dessutom är hon alltid öppen för nya intryck och lärdomar.
    Har även hört att du är en mycket uppskattad lärare och inspiratör.
    Allt gott till dig i mörkrets mörker…men du, trots allt, ljuset finns…långt där borta:)

  30. Leya says:

    Underbar känsla och skönhet – gratulationer i mängd till Monica!

  31. LOVE these! Monica captures the mist and water’s stillness and serenity perfectly in her photos — so well, in fact, that as a viewer, I just want to sit back and let their stillness and serenity simply wash over me.

  32. My Heartsong says:

    very meditative, enjoyed slowing down to look at these.

  33. My Heartsong says:

    I just went to Monica Amberger’s blog-beautiful work!

  34. mk says:

    Almost abstract art, but better because its a collaboration between Mother and Photographer. Well done, beautiful work.

  35. Lisa Gordon says:

    These are truly wonderful.
    My favorite set thus far.
    Thank you to both you and Monica for sharing.

  36. Andrew says:

    A gorgeous series. Wonderful style and presentation!

  37. I’m taken with her minimalist approach to nature.

  38. soonie2 says:

    Ahh, so beautiful and so calming. Wonderful work!

  39. I definitely agree with your title “Muted Contemplation.” What beautiful settings for some tremendously well composed photographs. Each one is gorgeous, but I really love the first one. Monica is very talented!

  40. themofman says:

    Quiet is the word I use also to describe these shots. Very tranquil and beautiful.

  41. Bill Benzon says:

    These are lovely photos. I really like the minimalism of the 2nd and 3rd and the vertical horizontal counterpoint in the first.

  42. Jocelyne says:

    Really really beautiful, she has great talent. Thanks for sharing her work, It’s always a pleasure to discover a new and talented photographer. I’ll go visit her blog for sure 🙂

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