Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

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Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

¡Cuba Libre!

As a continuation of my post from Cuba last week, I want to continue showing a handful of other images I took during the photo workshop we, my colleague and I, taught earlier in May this year. As I wrote in my last Cuba-post, it’s only now that I have finally gotten around to edit and process the photos from the trip.

Some of the photos I show were captured during the actually workshop while others were taken beforehand. When I teach a workshop, I don’t always get much time to shoot my own photos. My time is dedicated to the workshop participants, either being out shooting with them or lecturing or doing picture critique.

Attending my workshop is always an intense experience, but not the least great fun. I think that’s fair to say. Participants univocally give our workshops the highest rating.

If you are interesting in attending one of our workshops in Cuba, we have just announced next year’s one week photo workshop in Cuba, similar to the one we taught this year and many years before. Follow the link to find more information about Street Photography in Cuba. If you are up for something very special, this autumn my colleague and I are organizing a two week photo tour/workshop in which in follow the footsteps of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s revolution. This is the link for In the Footsteps of a Revolution.

Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

My Cuban Family

In May, I taught another of the photo workshops in Cuba, which I do together with my friend and colleague Sven Creutzmann. Before the workshop commenced we took a trip to the valley of Viñales in the western part of the country. There we visit the family of farmers I have followed for more than 20 years—and whom I have photographed ever since, as some of you who follow my blog already know.

First recently have I been able to edit and process the photos from the trip. It’s just been too busy ever since—and then the summer holiday in there as well.

The family of farmers has become my own second family in Cuba. I don’t often have as much time to spend with them as I would like. But no matter how short the visit, I am always feeling at home and welcomed by all the family members.

Today it’s two brothers and a sister who runs the farm, the children of the couple I started to follow first in the 90’s. Both parents are dead now, so the siblings have taken over, and the next generation is about to grow up as well.

The family doesn’t have much, but lives off the land that they own, where they cultivate boniatos, yuccas, potatoes, tomatoes and tobacco, to only mention a little of their crops. In addition, they have a small livestock of cows, some pigs and lots of chicken and a couple of horses.

It’s always a great joy to visit my family. It’s such a peaceful land, albeit also demanding. Their livelihood is full of hardship, but they nevertheless always have time to greet me and make me feel at home. They may not have much, but they always makes sure I can’t get away without eating with them and enjoy evenings around the farm.

These are a few of the photos from this latest trip of mine.

Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

Old Heroes Never Rust

I grew up with listening to Pink Floyd. Then later followed each individual career. Now the remaining band members have passed their 70’s, but are still going strong.

Last week I was attending a concert by Roger Waters in Krakow in Poland. Yes, his voice wasn’t as strong as it used to be, but, man, was he still performing well. It was simply a great concert. Great musicians. Great show. And great music. Roger Waters played music from the good old Pink Floyd all the way back to the “Meddle” album and up to his latest solo album “Is This the Life We Want?” The highlight was when he played almost the entire classic album “Dark Side of the Moon” .

Waters was more political than I have ever heard him before, coming down hard on untrustworthy politicians, greedy moneymakers, environmental morons and men and women abusing their power. Particular one present-day president got his but kicked. Waters’ message was unambiguous: We need to resist and try the best we can to change the world to a better place for all.

On a more personal level, the last couple of weeks have me being all over the place. Obviously Krakow, as well as Barcelona—as I have mentioned in a previous post—but also Prague, in addition to spending some time in the mountains here in Bergen. I have not been as attending here at the blog and to you my blog followers, as I would have liked to be. However, now that life is more back to the normal routine, I will get back to each and everyone of you.

A Spiritual Place

I have been neglecting my blog the last week or so, as some of you who are my regular readers may have noticed. It’s just not always possible to keep up posting at least once a week as I have set as a goal for myself. This time I was away for a short holiday in Barcelona with my two boys (who of course aren’t boys any more) .

The week in Barcelona was a much-needed respite from a very busy half-year. It was great to have nothing scheduled and just be able to enjoy a simple life of only having to find a place to eat or drink, or maybe which place to visit next.

If you haven’t been to Barcelona, it’s a beautiful city, bustling with life, history, culture, amazing architecture and yes, plenty of tourists. It’s absolutely no problem to spend a week in the capital of Catalonia, this proud and autonomic region in Spain.

Barcelona has plenty to offer, but if there is one attraction I would emphasize it’s La Sagrada Familia—The Holy Family—the extraordinary church designed by the city’s famous son, Antoni Guadí. La Sagrada Familia is his masterpiece at the end of his life. He took over as chief architect in 1889 and kept working on the project till his death in 1926.

Despite still under construction more than 135 years after the work was initiated, it’s one of the most special churches in the world, very distinctively a Guadí design. I am not particularly religious, but I could nevertheless feel the impact of the spiritual and sacred and inspired atmosphere in La Sagrada Familia. First time I visit Guadí’s masterpiece was in 1989, and now almost 30 years later it’s getting very close to completion.

What can I say; except that Gaudí was extremely creative—thus an inspiration for all of us who have embarked on a creative endeavour.

Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.