Liebster Award

Last week UponAtlast nominated me for The Liebster Award. I can do nothing but say thank you with much humbleness. It is really lovely to be recognized this way, and more so to share it with other bloggers. As the blogger Lynne’s Book Notes writes: “Peer-to-peer awards are so important in this world: They let us support each other, reach out to each other and remind us that when we feel like our posts are disappearing into a vacuum of apathy, that someone out there is reading!”

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German and it means “Dearest” or “Beloved.” But, at the same time it can also mean “Favorite.”

The rules for The Liebster Award:
1) Thank the fellow blogger who awarded it to you
2) Link back to said blogger
3) Post the award onto your blog
4) Pick 5 other blogs you want to recognise
5) Let them know they’ve been chosen!

And now to the fun part, my five nominees for the The Liebster Award:
GMB Akash A Photojournalist’s Blog
Creative Aroused – Arouse Your Inner Creativity
Visual Journey
This Man’s Journey
JavaGirl’s Life

Let me finally add that I was twice in the last week or so nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award thanks to The Daily Graff and UponAtlas – again. The fun – and import part – is to showcase and nominate other bloggers, but I need a little more time to pick my 15 new nominees. I’ll be back.

Versatile Blogger Award

Last week I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by Niasunset. Thank you Niasunset. It’s been fun to get this attention (despite what I wrote about being eaten by sharks in my previous post). Most of all it’s a huge inspiration to keep going on with this blog – along with all the great feedback I get from all of you.

According to the rules for this award, with this Versatile Blogger Award picture, one should make a post with a nomination blog list (which should be 15) and one should inform the nominees that they are nominated for this Versatile Blogger Award. In addition one should share seven items about oneself that readers don’t already know. And one needs to thank the blogger who gave you this award.

So let me start with seven characteristics of myself. The obvious one would of course be that I love photography, but that should go without saying by now… Otherwise:
1) I cannot get enough of books – the real thing – and I enjoy reading almost as much as I do photography. It’s an impossible task to name some favourite writers, though, but at least two springs to my mind: Nick Hornby and Umberto Eco. As a photographer I should probably name a photo book that has been most important to me. That’s even more impossible. But here is one: Martin Munkacsi – An Aperture Monograph.
2) Music is the third important creative inspiration. But I cannot name any favourites. There is just too much good and interesting music out. Right now, though, Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta is playing in the background.
3) Film comes into my life on about the same level as photography, reading and music. I just love getting lost in somebody else’s world of cinematography. Two favourites: Hotel Splendide by Terence Gross and Angel-A by Luc Besson.
4) I am addicted to Häagen-Dazs Butter Pecan ice cream. I am not able get it where I stay in Norway, so whenever I go to The States I just can’t get enough of it.
5) Life
6) I am wonderfully in love with the most fantastic woman. The only thing is, she lives in Seattle, USA, while my home address is Bergen, Norway. Makes for a long commute, but we have manage for 8 years now, and only growing stronger.
7) Last but most importantly are my three wonderful kids, two boys and a daughter.

Then it’s time to name my nominees and share their great blogs (I ended up with 16, though):

A Day of Mourning

This is a special post on my blog, quite different than I thought it would ever be. But then yesterday was quite a special and tragic day here in Norway. Oslo was hit by a bomb attack as well as a shooting tragedy just outside of the capital. The two tragic attacks are most likely connected, and it seems almost surreal that peaceful little Norway has been hit this way. I had just arrived back from a trip to Seattle when I learned about the tragedy, and I am still a little in shock. It’s hard to grasp what has happened. I can only imagine the immense sorrow and grief for those left behind and who lost a dear one in the attacks. This composite picture is my way of saying that I feel with you. I mourn your loss.

At the same time I think we Norwegians more than ever need to stand together, defend our democracy and freedom, by staying calm and not let these murderous attacks let fear, hate and revenge take over our minds. Unfortunately the accusations have already started as well as the politic agitation. It’s very understandable, but we should rather pay respect for those who died and those who got injured by acting with respect and decency. Now is the time to stay calm and mourn the innocent victims. And then the best we can do is continuing our normal life and go about it without letting anxiety and anger take over. Otherwise we have let the murders win their game.

May peace be with those who were victims of the two tragic incidents.

Welcome to my Blog

Photography is in rapid development. Technique and technical possibilities changes almost constantly. The merging of digital technology with photography has turned everything upside down over the last decade or so. It is easier than ever to take photographs – or make photographs – at least when we speak in terms of technical achievements. At the same time more technical options and possibilities have opened up for new approaches to the photographic expression. But despite the technical revolution in photography, the bottom line hasn’t changed. As photographers we still need to speak to our viewers, we still have to engage them with our pictures; we still need to express our innermost self to make the photographs interesting for others and we still need to be able to tell our story by a visual language – as has always been the case. The new technological development opens up for new creative ways of expressing ourselves as photographers, but we still have to be in contact with our creative well or creative self to make pictures that are worthwhile for our viewers to want to look at. 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. One of the things I am doing as a photographer is trying to find back to my childhood playing mode, to have more fun like I did back then, to be more open to new impulses – and by that finding new ways of expressing creativity. Maybe we can walk this road together. I would very much enjoy that. Welcome to this photo blog about creativity and ways to express ourselves as photographers. Let’s have fun together. Let’s be kids again.