Creativity is one of the main themes I want to explore in this blog – and I hope with the help of you. I believe everybody has creativity within him or her, but most of us lose contact with our creative well as we grow older and out of childhood. My goal is to post at least once a week.

My work is rooted in the documentary and photojournalistic tradition. But I seek to expand my vision, both visually and technically. For me it’s important to put my personal mark on the photographs I make, whether it’s documentary work or more personal projects.

I work out of my base in Bergen, Norway as well as Seattle, USA. But in reality the whole world is my playing ground. In particular I find myself travelling to Cuba, again and again since 1991. It’s a lovely and very special country to visit and photograph.

My photos have been published in all major Norwegian papers and magazines, as well as internationally in magazines like Stern, Spiegel, Air France Inflight Magazine and Facts. I attended the documentary and photojournalistic program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 1989. During the program I was an intern for Mary Ellen Mark.

I love to teach photography and particularly workshops dealing with creativity and expansion of one’s creative approach. I have taught workshops in Cuba, Malawi, Bolivia, Spain as well as many in Norway. For upcoming workshops please have a look at my web site Otto von Münchow or Blue Hour Photo Workshops.

May the flow be with you. Otto


444 Responses to About

  1. Hello! I truly appreciate you checking out my blog, and I wanted to return the favor. Great blog and photography! I’m so impressed; you have an amazing gift. It’s a pleasure to “meet” you. 🙂 Hope to hear from you more ~Pam@ http://www.RoseRibbon.com

  2. munchow says:

    Thanks for the wonderful comment. We will stay in touch.

  3. With an excellent German name like yours, I think perhaps you have more than only Norsk roots! My family all came to the US from Norway, all ending up in the Seattle area at some point in the later generations, so I guess we share some geography as well as love of photography. However, I can see from looking here that I will greatly enjoy learning from your outstanding work in the photographic realm. I really appreciate your having stopped by to see my blog and will look forward to looking at a lot more of your work as well. Mange tusen takk!

    • munchow says:

      Of course you are right, there are quite a bit of German blood running around in me – and I was born and raised in Denmark myself. Great to have you look up my blog, and thanks a lot for the nice words. Takk selv.

  4. Maggie L R says:

    This is the blog I need to follow, You have inspired me to rethink my creative side. To think differently about photography and my art. Thank you

  5. john tugano says:

    Wow I love photography but I don’t have that professional camera..I’m just also being creative with my shots..I’ll be back here..

  6. aRVee says:

    Hi Munchow, thanks for dropping by my site. Have a great day! 🙂

  7. cocomino says:

    Nice to meet you. You seem to be a great writer and photographer. 🙂
    I’m looking forward to reading your blog. 🙂

  8. hanadeyl says:

    Hi. Just wanted to say that your blog is so educational. I am not even close to being a professional photographer, but I enjoy taking pictures. Your blog really does encourage me to become more creative, thanks for sharing your experiences.
    PS: I hope to one day be able to take pictures half as good as yours. 🙂

    • munchow says:

      Thank you for the delightful words. Photography isn’t about being professional or not, but about passion. The professional photographer only has to deliver when someone pays him and her. It doesn’t necessarily imply passion, but well crafted and “perfect” imagery for the customer. The lasting images come from within – and come from professionals and non-professionals alike. Just take chances, trust your heart and don’t worry about the end-result. And don’t compare yourself with others. Trust you own way – which I know is easy to say. But judging by your blog, you are doing very fine.

  9. Lafemmeroar says:

    Your photographs are novelistic! I see a hundred stories and thousands of words behind each one. I really like the pic of the elderly woman smiling.

  10. Otto,

    Thanks for visiting my “punny” photoblog and leaving a “Like.” It’s quite an honor coming from a professional of your caliber. ( I was blown away by your slideshow at Munchow.no!) I’ve subscribed to this blog because you are such an inspiring (and helpful) photography/creativity educator.

    John: TheDailyGraff.com

  11. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am glad you did because this is a great place to visit and I think I could learn a few hundred thing here about photography. Your photos are stunning. I am going to come back and look around.

  12. Lee says:

    Thanks for visiting and “liking” my blog. I’m glad it led me to yours! Portraits are not my strength but yours are wonderful. I like your musings on creativity. I’ll be back.

  13. David Hall says:

    Thanks for ckecking out my blog. You have a wonderful blog, thought provoking with beautiful photos.

  14. Mike10613 says:

    You have a very interesting blog. I feel photography is like a journey; it is for me. I am developing a style with my writing and now my photography appears to be developing a style. I want to make my photographs distinctive, do something no one else is doing! You mentioned offices being boring locations. I look for locations and shots that are very different. I have a lot of places locally. I have been into the woodland, shot demolition sites, a Victorian work house, a modern hospital and today I intend to do empty boarded up buildings. It’s not just the photograph, it’s the shot and the editing that I am trying to develop into something different to complement my writing.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and clicking ‘like’.

  15. Alli Farkas says:

    You are so right about people losing their natural creativity as they get older–I think it has something to do with becoming increasingly aware of others’ criticism (which also has to do with eventually realizing that their product isn’t “mature” enough or “professional” enough). The child playing with crayons doesn’t think about anything other than the fun he is having, and then rushes off to show Mom what a great picture he made. An adult is more likely to be constantly looking over his shoulder to make sure nobody is looking at his work and thinking, what the heck is THAT? We would all do so much better if we simply recapture the elementary joy the child experiences when creating something.

    Thanks for visiting my blog–would never have found you if you hadn’t!

    • munchow says:

      You are so right. As adults we are so afraid of not getting approved as if it actually matters in the end. As creative beings we should just creative and have fun with the process. Whatever else is outside of the creative realm.

  16. seanrone says:

    I am very greatful to receive your support, it means a lot. Being just a novice – who discovered a natural desire to write 27 years ago while in junior high school – I plan to excel. Thank you again for your support.

    Sean Rone

  17. Your work is fantastic, and thank you for liking my haiku poem and photographs. I will be back to check out more of your work!

  18. Millie Ho says:

    Thank you for the like. You have some fantastic photography and stories. I look forward to reading more.

  19. Hello. I just noticed you stopped by to visit my blog. Let me say your pictures are wonderful but I also enjoy the way you explain your passion as well as technical elements. I also agree with you regarding your comment that everyone has creativity within them but we can lose that creativity as we get older. I once overheard a college art professor tell a colleague most of his students had creativity trained out of them by the time they arrived in college. On a side note, my grandfather was from Norway and my grandmother from Sweden. They moved to Minnesota and then to California many years ago. My Uncle and my father were engineers and avid photographers. Perhaps that’s where I got my interest in photography and writing. Thank you for sharing your work. I look forward to visiting again. Best regards.

    • munchow says:

      Takk for fine ord – if I may say a few words of our common background – thank you for the nice words. How interesting that a professor says that students have creativity trained out of them. I think he is right, our educational system is training kids to reproduce already digested knowledge instead of inspiring them to seek out new ways and new insights.

  20. MOL says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog. You have an excellent eye for capturing life in its greatest forms. And you also explain your craft so well. I don’t have a lot of my own photos in my blog. In fact, I must admit, I don’t spend a lot of time with the visual aspects of it. I’m more into content. It’s normally about something I feel strongly about.

    Your photos in your website are so diverse. I love the photos of your children. Do enjoy them, your children I mean. They will not be little for long. My husband and I are empty-nesters now. It’s a very different life.

    I will be following your photographic adventures and conquests. They are so pleasing to the eyes!

    • munchow says:

      I strongly believe photography is about content, too, but maybe in a different way that you think Thanks for the nice words. And yes, I do enjoy my children, but these photos you are referring to, are taken some time ago – and one of my kids has already left the next.

  21. barbara says:

    Glad you found me so I could find you! Your photography is amazing. I dabble but nothing like this. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back!

  22. Otto,
    If this is not appropriate as a comment here, please delete it after you read it. Regarding losing our creativity as we get older, I buried my creativity for three decades working in a university job I didn’t enjoy. Two weeks before my 60th birthday, I wrote the following:

    (On the Eve of My 60th Birthday)

    I want my life to count. I aspire to reach the highest level of achievement my talents will allow. I seek to know God and, if possible, to know and do His Will, as that must be the highest level of achievement.

    While I seek this knowledge, I will push the limits of my creativity to bring beauty, laughter, and comfort into the world.

    I decide this day to focus on what I can achieve in the days, months, or years I have left. I put myself on notice that time is short and talents fade.

    It is time. It is time. It is time.

    –J. A. Robinson, 08/04/09

    The year after I wrote this I published my first book (http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/more-later-lyles-letters-from-the-university/17986111) and this week I celebrated the 1st anniversary of my humorous photoblog, TheDailyGraff.com

    • munchow says:

      Thank you for your thoughts. I am glad you posted them, I certainly believe in an open and honest discussion. I think it’s great that you have decided to live you life as if counts. We all have a lot to learn from you attitude. Are you planning on any new books in the future?

      • My mission this very day is to create a “Free Preview” version of my book (selected sections) to boost sales. The book is already available (in paperback, PDF, and ePub formats) at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.com, but after selling about 100 books, I haven’t sold a book in several months.

        Other book ideas are still thrill-riding along my brain’s synapses. –John

  23. Amy P says:

    Hi Otto – You liked my blog the other day and I wanted to thank you and say I am honored. Your pictures are astounding. Thank you for sharing your amazing work! – Amy

  24. I am so glad you stopped by my blog and I am delighted to find yours! Your phoptography is really wonderful, and I learn so much through reading what others discover in their own creative process. I don’t have the best photographic skills, but I intend to share your site with a few friends who are also passionate about photographing their travels. I will just read with vicarious pleasure. I’m really pleased to have “met” you! Debra

  25. Reggie says:

    Hello Otto
    I am so pleased you left a ‘like’ on my blog, otherwise I would not have found yours. You take AMAZING photos – I look forward to browsing around some more. Best wishes and thank you for the support,

  26. You have some wonderful pictures( I really like the coal miner one) can you point me to where you have more photos of Malawi? I grew up there and enjoy seeing those. Thanks.
    John Hargreaves
    aka CaptNemo

    • munchow says:

      Thanks for the kinds words. I presume you have check out my web site – as of now that is the only place I have picture from Malawi out on the web. But if you haven’t these are the two stories from Malawi place on my web site: Maula Prison and Child Labour. It must have been great to really get to know Malawi.

  27. Camilla says:

    Hello. Thank you for looking at my blog. I appreciate that.
    I have been reading a bit in your blog. It´s very nice. I will return here again. Have a great Sunday. PS. Not so used to write in English but do it anyway 🙂 It feels more right in your nice blog.

  28. Kate Kresse says:

    Thanks for liking my post. I love visiting your blog—seeing your photos and reading your content. You make the readers/viewers feel such a sense of immediacy!

  29. Michelle Gillies says:

    Otto, I love your work. Aside from the absolutely stellar technical quality, it has an emotional quality to it that can’t help but move the viewer. I hope you don’t mind but I have been tweeting, g+ and FB about you for the past couple of days. Your images need to be shared.
    I thank you for the beauty you add with your images…even when the subject may make us uncomfortable.

    • munchow says:

      I am truly honoured by your words. Makes the work I do worth while. And of course I don’t mind that you tweet and post about my blog. On the contrary. Thank you!

  30. yen says:

    Hi Sir, I visited your website and your portfolio and my jaw literally dropped when I saw the social issues embedded in your work. The issue of child labor and abuse is close to my heart and you’ve captured some powerful images portraying these issues. Beautiful photos and good writing in your blog! Glad to have stumbled on your site.

    • munchow says:

      Yes, social issues are important for what I do in my work. It gives both some purpose for myself and some importance to the stories I want to make. Thanks for noticing it. And thank you for the kind words.

  31. Sarah D. says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and Liking the piece about Ada Lovelace Day. I see from comments above that you visit a lot of blogs, so you actively care about networking (maybe not the best word, because I don’t mean that in the purely utilitarian sense) and in encouraging others to form community. Thanks for including me in!

    These are such powerful images. I will be coming back to look again and again, I’m sure. I love it that your social conscience shows through.

  32. UponAtlas says:

    Because you’re awesome and I love your photography:




  33. Tamie says:

    After looking at your beautiful photography…I am thinking that you must have some amazing dreams. To be able to be in these beautiful places, see these beautiful faces and then capture them forever with your amazing skills…AWESOME. Thanks so much for sharing, maybe these images will visit me in my dreams…..and thanks for stopping by my site…

  34. Thanks for the links I had browsed your portfolio but didn’t see those specific galleries. Despite it being many years since I’ve been there, I still think of Malawi as home.

  35. munchow says:

    I will only add that despite the fact that I often work with social issues such as imprisonment and child labour, I still love Malawi and its people. I have only been in the country three times, but it’s quite an amazing country. Very poor, yes, but with such a big heart. I will actually teach another workshop in Malawi again in 2013.

  36. UponAtlas says:


    Hello there, sir! Because you’re fantastic and I love your photoblog.



  37. shoma says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am no photography expert but I liked the pics and the posts. Getting my post liked by a professional person like you has definitely boosted my morale. Thanks again…

  38. kat says:

    Hey. Thank you for visiting my blog. I dont really know who reads it. But many thanks. I went to ICP myself in 94-95. And I also know about Bergen because I worked with a Norwegian writer in 2009. I think it must be a beautiful place. Again,my thanks, and will follow you on twitter. =)
    See you around!

  39. Thanks for liking one of y posts. I appreciate it very much. I look forward to be seeing more of your wonderful world in photography 🙂

  40. bittercharm says:

    Well to be honest, it’s not often that I have visitors to my blog, but today, when I went through your both the links, I couldn’t believe an artist of your stature would have bothered to, not just visit, but like a post in my blog. It’s needless to say that I loved your work and I am going to follow you around religiously.

  41. @munchow Thanks for visit my blog .Just visit your blog great to saw awesome photographs.Best Regards

  42. niasunset says:

    Dear Otto, you are one of my beautiful blogger friends. A Candle Lighter in my world. Thank you for being YOU and for being there. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  43. Greetings! I’m so delighted to find your blog. I’m a beginner photographer, very eager to find outstanding photographers out there like you from whom I can learn. I’ll look forward to following your blog! All best wishes! ~ Lemony

  44. Hi, I love your Blog, so I nominated you for the ABC Blogger Award, see it on my blog! 🙂

  45. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve enjoyed perusing your journey. Excellent shots and inspiration! Thanks!

  46. Otto,
    You left a comment and a rhetorical(?) question on my Friday post. JUST in case you didn’t click on the little box that says, “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail,” I want to be sure that you didn’t miss my lengthy reply: http://thedailygraff.com/2012/02/10/love/

    • munchow says:

      I did indeed see your response – but didn’t have time to respond. As I now have said on your post, it’s great that you have an opportunity to be the artists you want to be.

  47. I have really been enjoying perusing your lovely blog. I am not a photographer myself, but I can appreciate your wonderful shots. And what great travels and thoughtful commentary! I’m looking forward to seeing more!

  48. Jox says:

    Your blog is visually riveting and you have a great deal of stories to tell with your photos. Looking forward to more photos of your conquests.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!

  49. Raynifly says:

    Lovely site! 😉

  50. kboehnlein says:

    Beautiful blog! I am in complete agreement with you about children being able to express their creativity more readily than adults. As we get older, we get so caught up in our day-to-day, schedule-based world. Sometimes it is very healthy to disconnect from this and indulge in our creative selves. Thank you for your photos!

  51. RWynn says:

    Thank you very much for dropping by my blog and liking my post about the Filipino translation of The Little Prince! You have a wonderful blog and it is very nice that you share your knowledge in photography to everyone. 🙂

  52. So many wonderful photos and stories! Your images of people are just striking! I will definitely be stopping by again for advice and inspiration!

  53. Hi Munchow, thanks so much for checking out my blog and liking one of my posts. I love the header photos on your blog, they’re so beautiful and color-rich.

    It would be fantastic if you would like to also look at my photographs (especially the ones I took of people in Mexico) on my Shutterfly site. I truly hope you enjoy them!


    All the best,

  54. Karen says:

    Thank you for stopping by my site earlier. Your photographs tell very real stories. They are quite beautiful.

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  56. Marilyn says:

    Delighted to find your blog. Being a “non-photographer” but someone who loves both travel and photography I am awed and inspired. Thank you for sharing your creative work.

  57. I’m glad you like my posting “Take Me to the Mardi Gras”. Btw I also like photography too. But my camera is only a pocket camera, not a SLR camera. I’m still an amateur 🙂

  58. Thanks for liking! Great blog you have here.. Keep up the good work of capturing those moments!

  59. the777man says:

    I came by to thank you for stopping by and liking my article on “Where is the Love”. I have to say I am very impressed with your photographic style and the way you capture people, and just a bit of how they live. My father was a professional photographer in the 40’s and 50’s. He is now 80. Anyways he taught me the art of photography, but somehow I let that slip. Especially as digital photography came to be. I was use to working in black and white. My main focus has always been drawing and painting, digital art. You can check out some of my digital art on my blog. What I like about your photographs is they have the feeling of a painting and not a photograph. It is really something. I mean I have been accused of taking a photograph of a blue heron I drew, but I have never seen photographs that have the feeling of a painting. Did I mention I use to be a Fine Art Gallery Director, also. Yes I am very impressed with your work.

    Peace and Harmony,

    • munchow says:

      Thanks for the extremely kind words. It’s interesting that you feel my photographs are like paintings. I have always been interested in drawing and painting but photography ended up being my creative expression – or main creative expression I should probably add. I will check out some of your art.

  60. ekhaugli says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your photography is very gripping. Have you been up to Nordkapp? I’d love to see your work. I’m an artist getting ready to expose my creative side by opening my own gallery here in Honningsvåg. Photography is a hobby but the more photos I take, the more I want to start taking some classes.

    • munchow says:

      I have never been to Nordkapp. But I have been to Honningsvåg a couple of times. A great place. Good luck with the gallery, it’s quite courageous to open your own!

      • ekhaugli says:

        Hope you get a chance to visit the plateau as well, or a hike out to Knivskjellodden. And as for the gallery, it’s exciting and scary, but worth a try.

  61. ShimonZ says:

    Very nice photos, and a real nice blog too.

  62. Sunshine says:

    Hi Otto,
    Just wanted to say I hope you’re ready to be TAGGED! http://wp.me/p1RzUf-Md
    Have a great day! 🙂

    • munchow says:

      Thanks for tagging me. I will have to come back the actual follow up – it does take some time…

      • Sunshine says:

        Hey Otto, No sweat or worries . . . I’m finding all the tag games a bit much so, haha, I hired Chuckles, the farm dog, to take care of the tags. Unfortunately, he’s a bit on the lazy side and rather run around with skunks and nap all day so, what can you do!! I totally understand so please, feel free to do as Chuckles does and ignore the tag calls if you like. 🙂

        • munchow says:

          I don’t have a Chuckles, but maybe I can let the two cats we have take care of it…

          • Sunshine says:

            Well, if they are anything like my house cat, erm, sending you lots of luck! She believes in being the royal queen around here so we servants bow to her every need. 😉 Hard to find good help these days!

  63. Thank you for liking one of my posts. Your photos are wonderful!

  64. roberto88264 says:

    Thanks for your great photos. Norway is an interesting country. Compliments. Greetings from Italy.

  65. adrianduque89 says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! You have great photos! I’m following your blog!

  66. seekraz says:

    Good morning – I saw that you stopped-by my blog this morning…thank you for visiting and for letting me know you were there. I shall be visiting. 🙂

  67. Seattle connection? What an interesting surprise. Thanks for visiting my blog, which led me to discover yours.

  68. simphonyblue says:

    Hey Otto, thank you very much for your nice comment, I truly appreciate it -I also left a replay-don’t know if you got it.
    I wanted to tell you that I really liked your portfolio, most I liked the stories behind the photos of Luda, and the street kids..their faces are real.. and they express real feelings.. I think that’s a great ‘secret’ in photography. Congrats!
    Best wishes!

  69. Currie Rose says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my post, “Celebrating a new story.” I’m so glad you did, because it opened my eyes to your work! You are sort of doing a few of the things I would like to do with my life and I am feeling renewed inspiration to go out and find an avenue to begin. Thanks again, and have a lovely evening.

  70. hello, munchow,

    you look proud in your photo. ^^ it must be a dream job, huh? i am envious… ^^ cheerio! 🙂

    • munchow says:

      I am quite happy with my work, to be honest. Thanks for making the acquaintance. We have already “talked” quite a bit since you made this comment.

  71. Thank you for visiting my blog. Looking at your blog. All I can say is Wow! Fascinating. I couldn’t stop reading and looking. The mother and son image stays with me, but so do many of yours. The way you “talk” to us about photography is easy to understand. Thanks for Sharing your fine work and your knowledge.

  72. Hey!
    Thanks again for your comment about the zeebra rocks! I’d like to send you one via snail mail. How should I get a mailing address? Z

  73. I just received your reply and will be delighted to send an Ecuador care package your way! Z

  74. Sartenada says:

    I looked with keen interest Your series travelling bear. I suppose that You have ideas to continue that great series. I give to You two ideas where the travelling bear could be.

    1. World’s biggest Snow Castle.

    2. Drive fast on German Autobahnen for example at the speed of 250 km/h and then take a photo from Your bear and Your car’s speedometer in same photo. Sounds great? In my About me page I have a photo from my car’s speedometer.

    Happy travel and blogging.

    • munchow says:

      Thanks for great ideas. Autobahn is easy enough, since I relatively regularly travel to Germany. The snow castle will have to wait until next time I come to Finland, which I don’t know when at the moment.

      • Sartenada says:

        You are welcome, Sir. So it seems that we both love speed! In Finland we have speed limits at so low level that we have to Germany and drive fast.

        Happy Sunday evening!

  75. hey again
    the community competition went extremely well! now i’m home with time to see the sunset over the nesting birds!
    the zeebra rocks are ‘lagniappe’ for the may exhibition- (http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/this-that/ )- so all rocks in the photos are available; let me know if there is one that stands out!
    con mucho gusto,

  76. Thanks, Munchow, for the “like” on my Wednesday Woody post. Nice to meet you. Will enjoy visiting your blog from time to time.

  77. Sunshine says:

    Hey Otto,
    Just wanted to let you know, every time I open your blog, the https goes on with a red slash. I’m not sure if it’s you or me. It only happens with your blog so I’m not sure what it means. That’s all. Thanks. 🙂

    • munchow says:

      I don’t know what this is all about. I haven’t done anything in particular with my blog, but just uses standard setting from WordPress. I don’t even know what a red slash means.

      • Sunshine says:

        Well, I’m not tech savvy whatsoever, but I believe the HTTPS (without the red slash) means you are viewing the page on a secure site. A red slash means it’s no longer a secure site. Something like that. Gosh, I had that problem and another blogger brought it to my attention. Maybe check into your Internet Option under Security and see if you have your site listed as a trusted HTTPS site? I don’t know if this is good advice. Maybe some of your readers may know? HELP!

  78. Your work is wonderful. I especially like the images from Bolivia. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ll be back to look at your work.


  79. starlight says:

    thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my recent post.. feel honored.. You have a wonderful blog. I just clicked the “FOLLOW” button..

    • munchow says:

      I know this comment of yours is way old now, but I still want to return the tanks and say I am delighted that you are following the blog.

  80. photographybyjoylene says:

    Thank you for your inspiration and for sharing your knowledge and beautiful photographs! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award – http://photographybyjoylene.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/sunshine-award/

  81. O J Proctor says:

    Lovely looking blog – I’m looking forward to having a read through! OJ.

  82. Hi Otto, I tagged you for ‘ Questions’, check it out if you like! 🙂

  83. What excellent posts here, Otto. Fabulous images on your portfolio site, too!

    • munchow says:

      Thank you for the kind words – even though it’s some months ago you posted the comments. Sorry for being so late. I have just been crazily busy lately.

  84. A very talented man with so much to offer the World. Thanks for sharing the moving images you’d made on your journey from all over the World. You gave us a piece of life, reality and culture that most of us may not see in person. Thanks.

    • munchow says:

      Although you wrote this some time ago, my friend (and you know I have been busy lately), I still want to thank you for the encouraging words. I am finally catching up as you can see. Take care, my friend.

  85. John Masters says:

    Wow – hey I love your blog, it is fantastic. You have some awesome black & whites yourself by the way. Thanks again for stopping by and I will pop in from time to time see what you are up too. Have a great week and happy shooting ~ John

  86. Hi Otto,

    I stumbled upon your blog from the Freshly Pressed page, and I am glad I did. Your posts are inspiring, helpful, and I believe I can learn a lot from you. Thank you for sharing your expertise, experience and vision!


    • munchow says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog. It’s really nice if this blog can be of some inspiration. I think you have a great blog, too, by the way.

      • Thank you Otto! I enjoy your photography and articles every time I visit, and in some way it helps me to stay engage with my blog and keep going. I am glad we have the ability to be connected in this way – to learn and get inspired from one another is wonderful.


  87. Helen Cherry says:

    I’m delighted to see you’ve been freshly pressed Otto 🙂

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  89. Heather says:

    Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

  90. Inge says:

    Hi, Otto!

    I’ve nominated you for Versatile Blogger Award. In my humble opinion your blog has given me lots of inspiration and has shared great experiences of life. I hope you would like to accept this award and pass it to other bloggers.


    Many thanks for having shared your stories or works with me.

    Have a nice day! 🙂

  91. crimsondaisy says:

    Thank you for your comment! I am an admirer of your work so the appreciation meant a lot for an amateur like me 🙂

  92. marialla says:


  93. You’ve got some really great photos on your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Read all about this award here. http://mycruisestories.com/2012/07/27/one-lovely-blog-award/

  94. Hello Otto, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award! You can go to http://recoverythrumylens.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/awards/ to pick it up.

  95. likeitiz says:

    Hi, Otto. In one of your posts, I had commented that I’d love to use one of your photos to write a story. I’ve been reading your posts and more importantly, admiring your photos, not just in this site but also your website. I was wondering if you’d allow me to choose one that I can use to create a short story. Can I do that? Can I post the photo in my site. Of course you’ll get the credit and the link for a reader to take you to your home page +/- your website. I’ll only do this if you are all right about it.

    • munchow says:

      Absolutely. No problem at all. I look forward to seeing which picture you will choose and then of course to read the story you will write to it. Nice way of collaborating, no?

      • likeitiz says:

        You have so many great photos which I have stared at and inspire my imagination to ask what they are all about, what’s behind those eyes, the lines on their faces, etc. there are so e that do not need a narrative. The photo speaks volumes already.

        I think I’ll start with something a little “easy-er” as this is my first attempt. I don’t want to disappoint you. How about the photo on the January 23 post. I have always found the couple intriguing. You said you were in Utah at that time. What do you think?

        • munchow says:

          I think that’s a great picture to write a story around. I don’t know how much you want to know about the couple, since I believe you might be free to write freely. For now I just want to say that the picture was taken in Dolan Springs in Arizona (I was in Utah by the time of writing the post). Their names are Cathy and Fred Nolan.

          • likeitiz says:

            I think I’ll use the photo as inspiration only but will not post it with the story. It may be best for the people in the photo. I’ll think of something. There is another photo I liked of another couple, although they were not posing side by side in the photo. I’ll play around with ideas. Thanks.

  96. likeitiz says:

    Here it is, Otto. It’s my first attempt. So it may not be so good.

  97. What a phenomenal amount of responses you’ve had so far on this page, Otto — and quite rightly so. Wondeful images and a wonderful blog! All the best from Santiago de Chile…

  98. Your photography is lovely! I look forward to getting to see and read more.

  99. Hi Otto,

    I am always inspired by your imagery and your advice, so I thought it was very fitting to have you among the nominees for the Very Inspiring Blog Award:



    • munchow says:

      Thank you so much for the nomination. And for the lovely words. I am very honoured. I need to wait a little bit, though, before I will be able to comply with the rules of the award.

  100. motioners says:

    Thank you Otto for visiting my site. It gives me the chance to meet you (via text) and see some of your work. I am inspired by what I see and will remain a follower. thanks…bill

  101. Diana says:

    Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog, you have a really interesting site!
    I wish you all the best, Diana

  102. What an impressive resume! Creativity is what fuels me, gets me excited about life, my oxygen! So I simply love your theme!

  103. RobynG says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and liking “Simplicity”! It is much appreciated, especially after reviewing your blog, your work, and your credentials. Great stuff! I look forward to seeing more of your work and learning from you. Robyn

  104. craftina2012 says:

    Thank you for liking my post about photo calendars http://craftedliving.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/photography-monday-photo-calendars/ We need to share more beauty with those we love. Your photography is beautiful and thought provoking!

  105. apron6 says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my blogpost. Glad you liked it. Nice blog you have too!

  106. Sony Fugaban says:

    I will, for sure, dig all that you wrote, Mr. Otto. Thanks for sharing your wisdom particularly on photography to us.

  107. ajaytao2010 says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, be in touch with my blog browse through the categories u will find it interesting

  108. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my work. That way I got to visit yours! You photographs are beautiful. Regards, Karen

  109. Phil Vaughn says:

    I spent several hours on your site today (12-10-2012) and am greatly impressed with your work, your photographic articles and many helps, and especially your generous and amiable approachability. I look forward to many more visits here. Thank you, Otto.

  110. Good morning from normally sunny California, come lately downpour of torrential rains, I like you am new to the world of blogging and I have only recently reached my 51 or 52nd post. Just a little fish hoping to grow and run the seas with the big barracudas. Otto I loved perusing your post and your photos and like you I have a thought and an idea, that I would love to see come to fruition…Take a look at my post on Collaboration of an Artistic Nature, combining the talents of poets, writers, photographers and painters to sing the praise and yes sometimes the hell of our world. TST aka Sean-Pierre.

  111. kiwiskan says:

    I found that my creativity has only developed as I got older. Guess my youth was too busy surviving, working, and raising a family. Now I have the time

  112. Sunshine says:

    Otto, thanking you for a great year…http://wp.me/p1RzUf-1R8 …You made my 2012 wonderful. I am grateful. ❤

  113. LuAnn says:

    This novice photographer looks forward to enjoying your stunning photos and learn a little along the way. Thank you. 🙂

  114. alesiablogs says:

    Just read you are here in my hometown of Seatte at times. I am excited to follow your photography and thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am a Seatte Transplant also. I have been living here now 20 years! Alesia

  115. Anna Failla says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking one of my pictures! Your work is incredible, I love it 🙂 The cuban ones are beyond beautiful! So good!
    Love, Anna

  116. oteske says:

    this Blog is verry interesting Blog with many excellent images and Textinfo!

  117. Mark Goodwin says:

    Otto it gives me great pleasure to nominate you for the Blog of the Year award. It is well deserved.

  118. Michele LMS says:

    Hi Otto,
    I very much enjoy and appreciate your photos, as well as your interest in the creative process and producing photographs that reflect a certain authenticity. I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” for your beautiful photos and for being “true to yourself,” and teaching this concept to other photographers. The details associated with the nomination are at http://arabianmusings.wordpress.com/blogging-awards/ . Keep up the great work!

  119. Dear Otto, your blog is a gem! It is inspirational and expresses so much of what I have not been able to put into words from my own experience with photography and art. Thanks!

  120. Boomdeeadda says:

    I’ve just spent a happy time at your website and enjoyed your travels with Ted the bear a lot. Machu Picchu! Very daring, ha. I also was very moved by Luda in the Ukraine as that is my heritage as well. Is it hard to take creative photo’s in such despair? It was nice to see her happy with her friend. I’m currently taking a photography class with Darryl Benson here in Edmonton and really enjoying his direction. I also love the photo of three bothers in Cuba, looked like they’d lived a lot of life together. Looking forward to discovering you photo’s here as well.

    • munchow says:

      Thanks for you a wonderful comment. Is it difficult to be creative in the presence of despair? As strange as it may seem, no for me it isn’t. My concern is that I need to get this story out and try to do so with an approach of respect – no matter what part of the society I photograph. Sounds like the class with Darryl Benson is fun. Have a nice Sunday, and thanks again

  121. Hello, first I thank you for liking my post, and second your work seem incredible. So many awards, wow. And the third, Heja NORGE!! 🙂 Besa

  122. Thanks you for visiting my blog this moring and liking one of my posts

  123. supremeicon says:

    Thanks for popping by my blog 🙂
    Enjoy what I have read so far on your and shall continue to do so!

  124. Thanks for visiting my blog today and liking one of my posts

  125. gacochran says:

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog, Along the Way, and the like. I appreciate your outlook on creativity within us all and look forward to reading and seeing more!

  126. Stefano says:

    Thank you for stopping by Clicks & Corks and liking my polar bear image: much appreciated 🙂
    You have a very cool blog and some great photography!
    Plus, I have fond memories of Bergen during an interrail trip many years ago as a cash strapped student: such a beautiful town, where I probably had the best tasting smoked salmon to date!
    Take care

  127. Thank you for visiting my blog “Acadian Soul”. I’ve enjoyed “tripping” around your blog as well. I’ll be back!

  128. dinodear says:

    Fantastic Instagram images! One of these days I will get a phone with a half decent camera and play!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Much appreciated!

  129. Thank you for your encouraging “like” on my post “Life’s Thorns”. The photos you have at top of your blog page are very powerful and full of emotion.

  130. Hej from Sweden !
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my recent posts.
    Welcome back anytime!

  131. aFrankAngle says:

    Hey Otto. Hope you can visit this post as I’ve collaborated with a photographer friend.

  132. likeitiz says:

    Hi, Otto. I just nominated you! Check this out! http://wp.me/pYeWf-1BM

  133. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is really a beautiful one.

  134. div28 says:

    Thanks for visiting my photoblog !!
    Yours is amazing :O

  135. Hej from Sweden!
    Thanks for stoping by my blog and liking my recent post: ” Time for Milk Stand Training at Gullringstorp “.
    Welcome back !

  136. Hi, thanks for liking Four Seasons Bridal recent post on couple shoots…it is much appreciated… We agree with your above statement, and now seeking ways to improve our creativity in photography to produce some awesome art-work. Feel free to drop by Four Season Bridal to view our other works, as well comment on it… Thanks in advance and best regards…

  137. a little thank you for your very interesting blog and wonderful photography ….

  138. iwariot says:

    thanks for liking my photo today
    your blog is cool

  139. Wow nice photos..thanks for the likes…

  140. geiylalou says:

    Thanks for liking my post, and great blog ^_^ looking forward for me. 🙂

  141. Liz says:

    What an exciting life and a wonderful story. I love travelling and taking photos too and I love browsing photoblogs, The old saying ” a picture is worth a thousand words” remains true for me. Wish you all the best in your creativity endeavours and congratulations on all your achievement so far. Wish you a wonderful weekend!

  142. Maggie says:

    Good morning! I am delighted and privileged to have you like my post on Tide Line Still Life. Your work is extraordinary, and I look forward to following your work and learning from you. Best, Maggie

  143. Harold Green says:

    Hi Otto, thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. I apologize for responding to you so late, but I have been on a brief journey to the USA and out of touch with Through Harold’s Lens. Best, Harold.

  144. 9agz3 says:

    Hi Otto,
    Thanks for visiting my blog http://acevesart2.wordpress.com/, and liking my latest post. You are quite a talented photographer. Will definitely follow your blog.

  145. tinus70 says:

    Thank you for stopping by at The Boring Lens, Otto, it gave me the opportunity to discover your photography space and your work, which I’m going to follow as I believe there is a lot for me to learn from.
    All the best!

  146. Great insights in your blog – cheers!

  147. atkokosplace says:

    I’m enjoying seeing your world through your photography.

  148. Indira says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog will help me I hope.

  149. YellowCable says:

    Thank you for stopping by. You have great works.

  150. Jessica says:

    I’m glad you stopped by my blog as it brought me to yours! I love travel and have always wanted to visit Norway. Love Seattle, too, though I haven’t been there in quite some time. Your pictures and thoughts look stunning. Following!

  151. eddiemyers says:

    thanks for stopping by and liking my recent post. I enjoyed reading through your critique section. I think it’s nice that you offer a helping hand to other photographers.

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  153. Judy says:

    Thank you for visiting my neck of the woods!! Appreciated and a wonderful visit here I am having!!

  154. Hi Otto. Glad to find your blog and view your talent. Amazing photos. You’ve had such interesting & fulfilling experiences. Bravo! Looking forward to following 😀

  155. So, thank you very much for the like of my Swedish flag! (Despite you living in Norway…) After only a short stroll, I understand I have found a most fascinating and inspirational site. Your photos are “clean” and vibrant, very beautiful. With the informative and guiding texts I feel very much at home. Thank you for finding me so that I get the chance to learn more about you and your photographic art.

    I love photography…and hope to learn the art more properly when I am retired. Now I’m just playing and enjoying.

    Norway is among the most beautiful countries in the world. I understand why it is one of your many “homes”.

  156. icelandpenny says:

    Thank you for the ‘like’ on a recent post of mine. It’s a great compliment, given the quality of your work and the fact my communications background is words, not photography. I share your interest in Cuba, having done some work there on behalf of a Canadian NGO. Two of my posts have a Cuban theme: “Arte de la Calle,” (22 Mar 2013) & “Meet El Caballero de Paris” (24 Mar 2013). Thanks again.

  157. Thanks for commenting on one of my photographs and visiting my blog. I have only recently started to take an active interest in photography (although I have always been fascinated by work like yours) and I am having lots of fun with it. Needless to say, there is much room for improvement and acquiring the technical know-how and experience that make the difference between an accomplished photographer like you and an amateur. Right now, the quality of my photographs is entirely based on gut feeling, a good camera and great post-production tools;) I’d love to learn more, tho I will be back.

  158. I like your work and I hope I will see some more 🙂 greetings from Berlin/Germany

  159. Thank you for the like on my Time piece and photograph. I have been taking photographs for over 50 years with no formal training until this month. I love looking for the angle less found.

  160. Glad you liked my post “Eek! Thanks a Rattlesnake”, hope to see you again!

  161. Sven says:

    I love your work and your philosophy, Otto. I’ll definitely spend some time checking out your posting and visuals. The Cuba work is stunning!

  162. shlehora says:

    Thank you for liking my blog post today. I enjoyed yours and it looks like you are one I can learn from.
    Thank you!!:-)

  163. Barbara says:

    Thanks for liking my post 🙂 I love your photos of Cuba, ill be back!

  164. BFIPhoto says:

    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blog-sphere and liking my recent post “My Absense and Thanks…” Your blog looks interesting and thought provoking, I look forward to reading more of it as time provides.

  165. Very interesting blog. I shall follow and read further.

  166. Gina says:

    Thanks for checking out my new blog – I really appreciate it! I love the sentiment of yours, creativity truly is in us all. It just takes time to untap it and see what we’re capable of! Keep up the good work 🙂

  167. Thanks for stopping by and liking my Jack Daniel blogpost. As an amateur photographer, I shall certainly learn from the photos on your blog. I like your blog post on Cuba.

  168. thejeremynix says:

    I am humbled by the awesomeness of your blog sir. Thank you for taking the time to look at some of my work. I appreciate it very much. I took one glance at your blog and instantly fell in love with it.

  169. saydegian says:

    Hi Mr. Otto von Munchow! I was quite amazed seeing your blog! I wish I was a cool photojournalist like you traveling the world!

  170. annetbell says:

    Thanks so much for the like on my post. I hope you will visit again soon and often. Your blog looks great. I am glad to make the connection! Namase. . . . . .

  171. Monica says:

    Hei Otto, og så mange takk for besøk og kommentar på min lille fotoblog for en tid tilbake. Jeg takker YDMYKT, og må innrømme at det var litt ekstra stas og få kommentar fra akkurat deg!
    Burde nok ha skrevet på engelsk, men det blir på norsk i dag:)
    Nå har jeg lagt til siden din, slik at jeg kan følge med på bilder i særklasse, og spennende artikler og innlegg:)
    Tusen takk:)

  172. shsingh12 says:

    Hello , thanks for checking out my post.
    I just went through your blog and i really admire it.Your work is awesome.
    Keep up the good work sir.

  173. Bob Mills says:

    Thank you very much for visiting my blog. I am really impressed with your and just know I am going to learn a lot of new ideas from you my friend!

  174. HI, I’m almost ashamed to find out that I’m not yet following your blog. I’ve seen your face more than once. Great photo’s on your blog; and stories that make sense. Better late than never. See you! , cheers, harrie.

  175. JustDeb says:

    Beautiful work! Thanks for visiting my site, I will follow yours and hopefully learn.

  176. oureverydayadventures365 says:

    Thanks for stopping by our blog

  177. Memory Box says:

    Thanks for visiting and liking Memory Box. Hope you visit again 🙂 You have some pretty amazing photos here!

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  179. karty012013 says:

    Thanks for taking the time to look t mine, i’m new to photography, i ue a bridge camera, as its easy to transport by bike. Still learning all the manual features, the autofocus im struggling with, but i’ll get there..

  180. Preeti says:

    Thank you for liking my post ‘…aftermath’. I love your blog! x

  181. "Occam Blade" says:

    Greetings…thanks for stopping by my blog and liking “Zen and the ironed shirt.” Your blog has a lot of creative plasma that’s refreshing to see and feel.
    I love visiting NYC and in particular the museums and ICP. Anyway, all the best to you!

  182. Lovely photography, and chronicles of things unseen. I look forward to more exploration.

  183. rosirioja says:

    Wow, great blog here. You have wonderful pictures. I become inspired to take shots like yours! 🙂

  184. We are all creators, created to create! Nice to meet you.

  185. sriipauls says:

    You have great works.I love your blog

  186. Ika Kilberth says:

    Thank you for liking one of my posts. I am honoured that you like it. I will send you one of my photo to be commented soon, when I think I have the right photo to be commented. At the moment most of my photos are based on fun time taking photos, not really intended as photos like in photography 🙂

  187. Laura4NYC says:

    I know it’s been a few decades but how did you like your internship in NY and, more importantly, how could you afford it? I heard no one really pays for interns in photography so I want a few opinions on how you make your dream come true! Thanks! 🙂

    • I had a great time with my intership with Mary Ellen Mark. No, you don’t really get paid, but I just did it in between my studies at ICP – like one day a week. A really great experience!

      • Laura4NYC says:

        Thanks for your insight. Glad you had a great time. Seems like some things (not getting paid) haven’t changed until today but I guess that is just the risk you have to take when you are an artist.

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  189. Hi,

    Great blog, I really enjoyed browsing through your posts.

    There is a lot to learn from your photos for a beginner like me.

    Thanks for sharing.


  190. Takk for liking my BuildingMyBento post about Osaka, Otto! Have you visited that city before?

    Bolivia was a nice change of pace from my usual urban wanderings, and it’s good to see vis-a-vis your photos that it merits much more exploring!

  191. linda says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a great blog.

  192. May says:

    Hi Otto,

    Thank you for liking my photo “Incendiary Skies”. You have a wonderful blog. I look forward to the photographs you post. Cheers from San Diego, CA! -May

  193. Thanks for visiting my blog, The Haute Mommy Handbook and liking my post “windsailing”. Your blog is lovely and you have a real gift for photography!

  194. Jim Kane says:

    Thanks for liking one of my photo posts! Wonderful photography! Safe travels!


  195. MaldivesDreamer says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Your blog is amazing – I love your photos 🙂

  196. Andrew Seal says:

    Thanks for visiting. Look forward to exploring your site. Cheers.

  197. binisun says:

    Bonjour 🙂 I just couldn’t leave your blog without expressing how beautiful your vision and pictures are 🙂 Thank you for making us travelling 🙂 Bini

  198. alexraphael says:

    Great photography. Very striking images.

  199. Paula says:

    I should have read this introduction sooner, and now I will do what I should have done a long time ago 🙂

  200. Thank you very much for stopping by my Blog and “liking” my art quilt and haiku, Faultlines of the Heart. I am enjoying what I see here and will follow your posts. What you say about uncovering creativity strikes a chord. There are so many individuals who are stifled and never get to realize their potential. Those of us who have the opportunity to explore our art are so blessed.

  201. mima says:

    You are a great philosopher with a Camera. Thank you for your comment on wupperart.com. I hope I can write about your work on street62.com

  202. Hi Otto, greetings from Toronto Ontario Canada. Your blog is truly inspiring, not only the images but your eloquent words that I can relate to. Your dedication to the craft of photography is incredible and I look forward to taking the time to look at your blog in more depth. I also look forward to future posts. One another note, I’ve really enjoyed looking at some of the photography blogs you’ve gathered. It’s been very difficult to vote as there are so many good ones but I thank you for exposing me to so much wonderful work, there are many great photographers out there – it gives me something to strive for. All the best Mark

  203. I’m appreciating the work in compiling a list of some great photo blogs here (I’ve been following you for a few months now also).

    I’m wondering, as I feel I’ve got some work that is worth sharing but relatively few people know of my blog, would it be acceptable for me to actually nominate my own blog for consideration for inclusion?


  204. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have only had my camera about 3 months, it is an entry level Canon EOS 1100D. I have lots to learn but am really having a lot of fun. Your blog is great and I will definitely follow it. Kind regards

  205. montse G says:

    thank you for stopping in my site! It is very kind of you! have a great day!

  206. shreey1234 says:

    Hello! I truly appreciate you checking out my blog, and I wanted to return the favor. You have a great blog and amazing photography! I’m so impressed. Thank you so much for your likes 🙂 Keep Living Keep Clicking!

  207. Srdjana says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  208. I have been to Cuba twice now, and I agree, it is a very special place. When the US embargo and internal oppression are lifted, it will be a huge boon to the people of Cuba, but the rest of us will lose the beauty of a place frozen in time.

  209. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and giving me the opportunity to check out yours. I am always looking to learn something new and so I am looking forward to more posts from you 🙂

  210. Tati says:

    I admire your work. I aspire to someday be able to have your creativity. thanks

  211. Tati says:

    I thank you you liked one of my photos. It is an honor for me

  212. Thanks for dropping by the blog and your star. I’ll pop in again to see your photos and writings. Really like your subjects and interpretations. 🙂

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  214. Vasilis says:

    Big thanks for stopping by at my blog. I really appreciate it. By doing this you brought me to your fantastic blog, and for this I am even more glad.

  215. Hi Otto, I really enjoyed your last post on wide angle portraits and the great information you shared. We can all learn from you.

    Also, from reading your comments the respect you show for the art is commendable — it’s wonderful for someone with your eye and experience to share what they know in a constructive way.

    If you get the chance, I’ve got some new portraits I would like for you to see. I like this batch, but of course I am always interested in getting better, so would love to hear what you think.

    • Right now I have no capacity to look on pictures since I am running an eWorkshop and most of my time is already going to evaluation images. But if you email me or send me a link where I can find your pictures en a couple of weeks, I will take a look.

  216. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Your work is fabulous Otto, I am in awe, thank you for visiting me.

  217. Nathalie says:

    Your words are very inspiring and so true. With age we forget to see the world in a creative way. Thanks for reminding us of that.

  218. Von Simeon says:

    I hope to attend one of your workshops in the near future. Thanks for following my blog; I am an appreciator of photojournalism. Looking forward to your next post.

  219. Your photographs speak, they have stories… I enjoy looking at photo-documentations, am now a enthusiastic follower :). Thank you for stopping by my blog, more so I could discover your work

  220. Karyl says:

    You are my second tie to Norway in the past week. I bought some Jarlsberg cheese and found that it was from Norway too. 🙂 I have always loved creativity and any opportunity to nourish it. I look forward to following you friend.

  221. Thank you for stopping by my blog today, Munchow. You have a wonderful talent. I am envious of a photographer’s eye. You see beyond the surface.
    Blessings~ Audrey

  222. Uma Bode says:

    Absolutely beautiful photography. Look forward to getting to know your work and exploring this blog as well as your website. Creativity is THE major theme of my life right now. Being the artist that lives inside me and has been longing to get out for so long. She’s still battling a bit, but the bars are loosening and the river is flowing.

    Thanks for liking my post.

    • Thank for revisiting my blog – and for the nice words, Uma. I will look more closely at your blog as well.

      • Uma Bode says:

        It’s a work in progress and some re-arranging and new posts will be coming quickly in the next few weeks. Do please come back and poke around a few more times over the next month or so. I hope to get more of my photography up, once I make my way through blogging about my Bruce Springsteen Odyssey. 🙂

  223. I love your pictures, especially how you catch people in their environment. Greetings from Germany 🙂

  224. Vonna says:

    You take beautiful pictures.

  225. Leya says:

    Dear Otto, Maybe you are not that into Awards, but I just had to send you this one…to deal with as you like!

  226. These are wonderful photographs! I look forward to learning from you.

  227. Very cool. My grandpa was from Norway.

  228. One Blue Sky says:

    What a wonderful blog, your photos are so evocative. I’m really glad you liked my post, it has given me a chance to meet and follow you.

  229. fiona155 says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my recent post, I really appreciate it! You have some amazing work here, looking forward to reading and seeing more 🙂

  230. Your blog is beautiful. I like what you say about creativity.

  231. Just found your blog, will be following now, I especially like your advice on travel photography. Also your portraits are amazing, would never have though of using wide angle for them and I’m going to try that out!

  232. James Kern says:

    Thanks for the “like” – Surprised to see a blogger/photographer of your caliber looking at my humble beginnings, but at any rate, I appreciate it! You have some great shots and content to go along with them – well done Sir! This is just a thought, but have you considered limiting the number of posts that show on your home page to say your 10 most recent? I never did get to the end of your posts on home because they just kept loading! Just a thought and thanks again for checking me out.

  233. Ana Jain says:

    Thanks for liking my work. I am glad i discovered you that ways. Love your pictures. See you around. 🙂

  234. minsmash says:

    Thank you so much for the like on my recent blog post. I totally agree that there is creativity within all of us but that we lose it as we get older. I recently left a long-term corporate job that I was not happy in to find my creativity and happiness again. I’m doing this with photography. Love your photographs! 🙂

  235. Otto, thank you for liking a photo in my blog. After visiting yours I’m taking it as a compliment!! Your photos are tres WOW!

  236. Mother Hen says:

    Hello Otto! Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit and like my posts.. Considering you are a busy man on the go, I appreciate it. I will have to read your post on failure.. I have been there many times in my life, but it has been beneficial in many ways. Happy trails to you! ps

  237. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. Your comments about failure illustrate why I like baseball. 🙂 — Ray

  238. Shelley says:

    Thanks for dropping by “Honey” Am flattered that a real photographer has dropped by. In fact anyone else would probably be so intimidated that they would stop tagging photography at the bottom of their blog. But on on! Boy would love to take your workshop. 🙂

  239. Mary Kendall says:

    I’m not a photographer, but I can certainly appreciate the philosophy of creativity behind your blog. I agree that there is a creative part of every person, but so many people either forget it or never really discover it. Thanks for your very thoughtful writing and beautiful photographs. I found so many very inspiring images and ideas here.

  240. tuinkabouter1965 says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I love photography but I guess you already noticed that 😉
    I really like your blog. The photo’s and stories are very inspiring!

  241. VocareMentor says:

    Very nice blog with exceptional images and great insights into creativity and love of the image.

  242. unbolt says:


    I’m happy to inform you that you was nominated by me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

    All details are here

    Please, have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂
    Yours, Unbolt

    • Thank you for the nomination. I am honoured – and will get back to the rules of the nomination.

      • unbolt says:

        Thank you for your great blog! 🙂
        The rules are pretty simple…

        – Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
        – Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
        – Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
        – Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.

        That’s all! 🙂

  243. maskednative says:

    Thank you for your follow on my blog. You have posted many wonderful images on yours and I look forward to checking in with you again.

  244. Hello Otto,
    Season’s greetings.
    Thank you very much for your visits and comments through the year.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Enjoy the holidays.

  245. trablog says:

    I am joining the flow 😀

  246. Your photography truly captures the humanity of the people pictured. Moving and lovely.

  247. ryanmgruss says:

    Gotta say, this blog is definitely worth the follow – great job, loving all the beautiful photography and stories! 🙂
    Apart from my blog, I’ve got a project called Showzee (http://www.showzee.com) that might definitely interest you, take a look and if you fancy it, request an invite and I’ll fast track you!

  248. aquacompass7 says:

    thank you for stopping my blog.

  249. I envy your ability to do what you are passionate and be able to travel the world as you do it. Props to you man, great work!

  250. Hi Otto, this is a wonderful blog that you have created here! You dropped by my blog a couple of weeks ago, for which I would like to say thank you – I am quite hopeless at getting back to people, but I always remembered that I wanted to let you know how much inspiration I have drawn from your images and words (particularly ‘Pursuing Passion’) Best regards, Michael

  251. Great to see you my friend. 🙂 Please visit Philosopher India is the collection of Chronicle & Mysterious Stories from India. http://www.philosopherindia.com/

  252. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Pleased to meet you. Feel free to visit my blog when you have a moment or two. 🙂

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  255. I have nominated your blog for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. Thank you so much for creating such a fantastic blog!

    You can see the rules at: http://everylifeisamemoir.com/about-claire/awards/one-lovely-blog-award/

  256. Elizabeth W says:

    Beautiful photographs, Otto! I look forward to seeing more from your blog 🙂

  257. Beautiful, creative work! Looking forward to see more!

  258. vera ersilia says:

    Thank you for taking a look at my last two posts. I have clicked your follow link …and I will be back to visit. Best! V.

  259. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

  260. Hi! I really like your blog, so I nominated you for the Liebster Award, hope you accept it 🙂
    Below is the link to my article if you want to know more: https://ablogofmylife.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/liebster-award-nomination/
    ~ Phoebe

    • Thank you for the nominations Phoebe. I feel honoured that you thought of me and nominated me for the Liebster Award. I have to admit, though, it takes a lot of time to accept a nomination, so I might have to let in stay put until I have more time to look into it. Nevertheless I am grateful for your considerations.

      • No problem, I was happy to recognize you! It is quite a simple nomination with few rules so it won’t be too time consuming if you do look into it, but there’s of course no need to rush. Hope you do accept it though, and I wish you all the best!
        ~ Phoebe

  261. Nil says:

    Oof! Found the end of the comments to add my little bit… 😉 Had a look at your website too and I like what I see.

    Thanks for your visit to my blog 🙂

  262. Glad to have found your blog Otto. It was referred by one of your followers, rangewriter. I am what you might call a serious life-long student of film and I’m particularly interested in documentary. I also spent a decade and a half as a full-time professional photographer (after careers as an academic and public policy specialist). I’m a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and am currently doing a Masters in film. None of that is important of course. Being a cinephile requires nothing more than a capacity to love film as an artform and as cultura/social expression. Looking forward to seeing more of your ideas on creativity.

  263. sportsdiva64 says:

    You are right, Otto. There’s creativity in all of us. Thank you so much for following and liking my blog posts. I just followed yours as well. Your photos are WICKED AMAZING! Happy travels and keep on blogging 😄

  264. Tee Wai says:

    Excellent work. May you reach greater heights!

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