Joy- and Colourful

Vigdis Askjem participated in my last year’s online workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice». For her personal project at the second half of the workshop, she chose two approaches, one was photographing details and light, and one was shooting people in various activities, such as during a festival or kayaking along the coast of Norway.

I have had the pleasure of having Vigdis attending one of my regular workshops (in Villajoyosa in Spain) and then last year the online workshop. Over time she has developed her vision and her photographic voice, and has a distinctive way of capturing whatever she is aiming her camera towards. Colour and light seems to be very important in her approach. And then Vigdis has a refined ability to capture the decisive moment when photographing people or movements.

Despite the two very different approaches for her personal project during «Finding Your Photographic Voice» her photos still have a very characteristic expression. Her way of shooting is the way she sees the world, whether it’s joy, people or close-ups we find in her photos. There is a certain vividness no matter what. There is exhilaration even when she captures something as mundane as a tower. It’s not only what we see, but layers of added details that brings forth a deeper story or a deeper understanding.

I really like the surprise factor in her images. They are—in one way or another—unique in that she shows me a worldview I don’t usually see. They convey her curiosity and her thrill in exploring the landscape around her. If you like to see more of her work, look up the website and blog of Vigdis Askjem (unfortunately only in Norwergian).

Later in the spring I will start up another round of the online workshop, more specifically May 22nd. If you are interested, you will find more information about «Finding Your Photographic Voice» on the web site of Blue Hour Photo Workshops. Furthermore, if you sign up before the end of April you will get the workshop for a discounted price.

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Stark Colours

© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem
© Vigdis Askjem

The time has come to present the work of Vigdis Askjem. She attended my photo workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain, in spring earlier this year. From the workshop Vigdis is the last person to be showcased here – but not the least. Her work is worthy of a grand finale. Just look at the stark colours, the way she uses the light, and not the least the lovely moments she captures of daily life in the fishing village of Villajoyosa. The latter is for me what makes Vigdis’ photo stand out and engage the viewer. Each of her images tell a small story; with humour, with respect, with honesty and with commitment. I often talk about the importance of being engaged in whatever you shoot. You have to invest you own emotions in the photographic process if you want your photos to have an emotional impact on the viewer. That is exactly the case with the images of Vigdis. In Villajoyosa, she was photographing subjects that are close to her heart. During the workshop, she grew as a photographer. Initially it was a frustrating process, but suddenly she started to blossom. Some of the results you can see here.

With this presentation, I have come to the end of all the great work done by the participants during the photo workshop in Villajoyosa. I am already planning a new workshop at the same place next autumn, but the dates aren’t settled yet. Thus, stay in tune for upcoming information if this sounds like something you might consider participating in.