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.

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.

Back to School

Some kind of normalcy has returned, if only temporarily—I taught my first photo workshop again since the lockdown of the world. It was nice to feel at least to some extent what life used to be like. Before social distancing. Of course, the workshop participants and I still needed to comply with the requirements of social distancing as well as observe general infection control as prescribed by health authorities. However, we could nevertheless enjoy a weekend of photographing, learning and discussions.

The workshop took place in Bergen, Norway last weekend, starting on the eve of Friday and going through Sunday. The group was very small, only three participants and me—which made it possible to run the workshop without risking the health of neither the workshop participants nor people they photographed on the street during the weekend. As mentioned social distancing was implemented throughout the workshop.

For me in particular, it was good to get back into teaching as we—that is my colleague Sven Creutzmann and I—had to cancel the planned photo workshop in Cuba in the end of April and the beginning of May. Despite the special circumstances I had great fun during last weekend, as I think was the case for all three participants.

As always, when teaching a workshop, I learn and get inspired just as much as the participants do. We all see differently, and it’s really fun to recognize the difference and pick up ideas from each other. It was an powerful weekend with a couple of intense days.

Here are but a few glimpse of the participants in action.

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.

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.

Hello from Bergen

Another week in lockdown mode has passed here in Bergen. This is the new normal. No big changes over the last week. The positive is that new numbers of people affected by corona have stabilized here in Norway. We still get new cases, but it’s not longer by an exponential growth by rather a straight curve.

Like last week, I have been able to maintain work. However, this might be my last full week of work as I would like it to be. I have only gotten one new assignment during this time. Of course, it worries me, but I know I will get through the crises. Actually, I look forward to start those projects I otherwise never have time to work on, as I mentioned last week.

This week I have mostly been working on a big story about life behind the scene at a theatre here in Bergen. All the photos were taken before the lockdown, as most of the interviews. Only days later, the theatre had to close down. It’s been strange to write about it. When I visited the theatre, it was full of life, and actors and stage workers, and other employees were given their best. Now it’s all dead and quite. All employees temporarily laid off. The contrast between now and then is particularly evident when I edit and process the photos.

Winter has suddenly decided to show up in Bergen again. It’s the kind of winter we have over here. Suddenly lots of snow and as suddenly it’s all melted again, only moments later to start snowing again. And in between there is a feeling or spring in the air. I have enjoyed the snow and try to spend time out when I can—if nothing else, by running and exercising. Hopefully, it will snow again tomorrow, the first day of the weekend. If so, I will get my butt out and have fun in the snow. Maybe working on one of my photo projects, for which I have long wanted to get some winter photos.

The theatre story was sent to the editor today. Now that I slowly will free up time for my own projects, one of the plans are to develop new online photo workshops. I already have a couple of ideas. But maybe you want to help me? Tell me what kind of photo workshops would be valuable to you. You can do so in a comment below, or if you wish to have me send my eBook 10 Great Tips for better photography, send me an email (to ottovon@online.no). You will receive the book for free.

In these dire times, posts from fellow bloggers from around the world, provides hope and inspiration. Blogger Nicole with her blog Thirdeyemom, has started to collect and link to bloggers who share what they are going through during the pandemic. The unifying title is “Hello from…”. I think it’s an excellent idea, and this post here is my tribute. Maybe you want to be part of it? Go to Hello from Minnesota and post the link on Nicole’s blog.

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.