Happy Holidays!

We are fast approaching the end of the year—yet another year in the grip of a pandemic. Just as we thought things were going better, it all turned around again. It feels like we have been yanked back to start.

Nevertheless, I choose to stay optimistic. This can’t go on forever. Well of course it can, but I believe we will find ways to live with covid-19 and normalize life again. I have no doubt that vaccination is the way out. We just need to get the whole world up to speed, which means that the rich part needs to step up and contribute whatever it takes to help out those countries not able to finance a comprehensive vaccination program themselves.

Anyway, Christmas and New Year is coming up and I will surely enjoy some lax days and being together with family and friends (as much as restrictions allow me to). Personally, I really need some time off. The last four months have been absolutely crazy. I have worked more than I can remember having done over such an extended period. It’s been fun, but also tiring. I have been producing stories about various aspects of disabilities, travelled from the south to the north and east to west in Norway, and back again. A couple of times.

Being so busy has made my present in the blog sphere even more absent than I had thought it would be. As some of you may remember, I did plan to reduce the work I put into blogging from around summertime, but alas, not this much. I promise to be back again with more energy and power in the year coming up. Many are those of you who have commented my posts over the last couple of months. I apologize for not having been able to respond, but I assure I will get back to you all.

With the ending of 2021 I am happy to announce my next photo workshops and tours taking place in 2022. See below for more information if you are interested. Here and now, I want to wish you all—from the bottom of my heart—a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you again next year.

Photo Workshops and Tours in 2022
In believing that the world will return to some normalcy and open up again within reasonable time, I and Blue Hour Photo Workshops plan a handful of photos workshops for next year.

“The Personal Expression” —a weekend in Bergen, Norway with focus on how to develop your personal, photographic expression. June 10th to 12th 2022.

”Telling Stories with the Camera”—five days in the beautiful village of Bleik in Northern Norway. A dream spot for any photographer. The focus will be on storytelling and the visual language. September 21st to 19th 2022.

”Photo Tour in Granada”—a week in Nicaragua for the adventures. We will explore the colonial city and its extraordinary countryside. November 5th to 11th 2022.

Are you interested in developing your photographic skills? Do you like to travel? Do you want to make your photos tell a story in a much stronger vocabulary? Find your own expression? Develop your vision and become more creative? Any of these workshops would take your photography to the next level. I promise you, you will be in for an amazing experience. Click any of the links for more info.

54 thoughts on “Happy Holidays!

  1. sounds like you’ve been really busy and deserve this holiday break – here’s to better balance and good health for all of us in the new year

  2. Thank you Otto for your update note.
    I’m definitely going for the workshop in Nicaragua next November.
    Meanwhile I with your and your loved ones
    Merry Christmas, a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  3. It was lovely to get your post in my inbox, sounds like you have been super busy. I hope next year will be a great and successful year for you. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Dear Otto,
    we wish you a relaxed and happy Christmas, have a lazy holiday season and just enjoy life.
    With lots of love from the little village next to the big sea
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. Yes, dear Otto, we actually still have a relaxing and peaceful time. We felt like having a holiday until coming Monday 🙂
        Keep well and happy
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. The vaccine is indeed the way out, yet too many people refuse the vaccine for what I see as ignorant reasons. Hence, they offer a way for the virus to continue to become worse. So very selfish. Have a wonderful Christmas, Otto!

  6. I share your thoughts for the future of a world that will have to somehow adapt to living with the remnants of a pandemic. Hopefully we can all learn to live better with one another instead of creating and maintaining these divisions that serve no one.

  7. When retired we tend to forget that for working people Christmas can be a time of wonderful relaxation. Enjoy it to the full, Otto, and I’ll look forward to your company in 2022.

  8. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year to follow. Good to hear you have been very busy with work and I for one certainly don’t expect replies to my comments.

    I would much rather hear you have been inundated with work as so many have lost jobs here in Australia and much stress through our 260+ days 6th lockdown in Melbourne. Stay safe and optimistic.

    1. I feel incredible fortunate to have been able to keep my business alive, and even having more to do lately, during a time when all too many people have lost their jobs. I hope you could enjoy the holidays. I wish you all the best in 2022, Vicki.

  9. I feel that it’s important to be real about how likely the “rich part of the world” are likely to do much of the right thing for the right reasons for very long. But far more importantly is to what extent do most people know of and how they react to the schedules of that part of the world.

  10. i just had my best friend out here die of covid after 2 vaccines… she died about 4 days ago, so it’s a sore point with me, but happy holidays none the less, Otto

  11. It’s great to hear that you’re busy, Otto. The disabilities project sounds interesting and very worthwhile. Let’s hope Omicron fades quickly and your workshops can go on as schaeduled. In the meantime, stay healthy and enjoy the holiday – sounds like you deserve it! 🙂

    1. Well, omicron obviously doesn’t fade quickly, but maybe that’s a good omen. The quicker we can be done with it, the better. Stay healthy and may you have a wonderful 2022.

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