Monthly Archives: December 2011
This weeks portrait is of Caroline Willemine Røsnæs Hagelien who guards the Norwegian-Russian boarder during the Christmas holidays. She is stationed in Pasvikdalen in Finnmark, Norway. In this video you can hear that they decorate their Christmas tree with empty cartridges from their guns.
This year has been a year rich on happenings, challenges and memories I will keep for the rest of my life. It started in the winter when I started my biggest project ever. I was going to portrait one person in every county in Norway. 20 in total. I traveled all over Norway in my car using it as both as a bed and workstation. I met some fantastic people during the three weeks on the road. This has later been exteended as a series i VG and when it’s done I will have made about 45-50 portrait from all over Norway. That is such a cool assignment.
In March we had the World Ski Championship here in Oslo. I got to cover the event with other photographers from Scanpix. It was so much fun to work with a team of so many skilled photographers, and I got to try out some new angles and remotes I had wanted to try for a long time.
The summer came and I got to work in VG, Norways largest daily newspaper. It was a quiet summer, as it normally is, untill July 22. when a car bomb exploded just 125 meters away from where I was sitting in VG. The windows blew in, and this marked the start of a new era in Norway’s history. I was early at the scene covering the horiffic consecuences. Dead and wounded people was scattered aroud the earea covered in debree. I later followed one of the victims from Regjeringskvartalet, Eivind Thoreses which resulted in this essay.
During the following autom I had an internship in VG where I worked on feature stories. This was very challenging and exiting to work with.
All in all, it has been a good year. I have meet some amazing people and seen interesting things, but still I think the impressions form July 22. has been the strongest. That is something I will never forget.
PS: You can also follow me on Facebook!
Many of us young photographers have found a love in analog photos. Sometimes it is refreshing to work with a photo you can’t see two seconds later on a LCD-screen. You have to be a bit more focused when shooting. It is also cool to try out different cameras. I have a couple cameras that uses 135mm, 120mm and 110mm film. It is so fun to play with – and especially if the film is really old and almost broken. Then you can get these nice colors and light leaks.
This weeks portrait in the multimedia series is of 26-year old Mikkel Mathis Eira who breeds reindeer in Kautokeino in Finnmark, Norway. See how it is to live in Kautokeino and how they work in this video.
Some photos of actor Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen for VG Helg.
This weeks portrait in the multimedia series is of excavator enthusiast Olav Wendelbo. He works at Sydvaranger Gruve in Kirkenes. Kirkenes is the northernmost city in Norway and Olav digs for stone all day long. In is home in Sogn og Fjordane he has four excavators that he restores. You can see the multimedia here.
During the past year I have taken many photos of puppies who in the future shall become guide dogs for The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (Norges blindeforbund).
I have taken most of the photos in their calender which is printed in several hundred thousand editions. It has been an exiting and demanding assignment. It’s not easy to take pictures of someone who only stay still in two seconds before they run away. For the calender the client wanted “classic” dog portraits where the dogs looked very cute.