March 30, 2011

Before and after...

From the beginning of retouch there has been talk and discussion about the "moral outcome".

I want to shed some light!
Seriously...
Do I have to state the obvious?
Take a look a these two pictures - before & after.

Photos by Espen Schive 

BEFORE

AFTER
There is a reason we do retouch.
Morals has nothing to do with it!

Let me show you something;

Here you see Norwegian activists protesting against retouch.
If there is anyone to blame for teenagers low self esteem it is not the photographers.
If you ask me it is the fashion industry!
This is the poisonous industry polluting young people with an artificial reality.
Also, if you ask me, the parents should take responsibility and talk to their kids about role models, and show them what´s wrong from right.

STOP BLAMING RETOUCH FOR THE LOW SELF ESTEEM AMONGST YOUNGSTERS!!!
Seriously...

March 29, 2011

Oslo by night - #1


Since I have a lot of readers abroad I thought I should give you a taste of Oslo, from my point of view.
Took a long walk the other day and brought my camera along with me.

When I was younger I swore I would never move to Oslo, I didn´t like the town at all!
But then, at the age of 22, I followed love and moved to the concrete city.
The relationship did not last but my affair with Oslo is still as romantic as ever.


Too you, my beautiful Oslo;
You have given me so much!
You have given me memories, a career, lifelong friendships,
and most importantly...
It was here I opened my mind.
It was here I found my greatest love;
PHOTOGRAPHY!

I am forever grateful and if it is up to me this love affair will continue for decades to come <3


In these photographs I focused on:
- Black and whites
- Long exposure
- High ISO

I like these pictures!
Dark and a lot of grains <3

I hope you like them as well!
I will be posting them one by one;) 

March 28, 2011

1000 Bodies Project!


One of the photographers at Kolonihaven Studio started this project with an idea.
1000 bodies - one shot!
Kenneth Sortland Myklebust is the photographer and mastermind behind the project that he started in January.
His goal - 1000 bodies!

The models get one shot.
They are naked in the studio, alone, with a remote control to the camera.
And did I mention - no retouch?


You can read more about the project HERE!

Is this art or "just" photography?
Or is this a sweet symbiosis of the two?

It is a new concept,
you have certain rules while at the same time there are none.
Can´t wait to see how this story unfolds!

Oh and did I mention, I think this project is &%$#$% awesome?!

If you would like to participate please go to:
www.cinaed.net
for contact information and for Kenneth´s blog and portfolio.

March 24, 2011

Such a beautiful day & I am stuck inside:(

Went to the doctor today and turns out I have a throat infection:( This sucks!!!!
All I want is to be outside in the beautiful weather.

Took this picture on my way to the doctor. 
SPRING <3

LOVE LOVE LOVE AKER BRYGGE!

March 23, 2011

Planing a shoot with Anine Stang:)


So here you have it:)
Finally, Tuesday evening, I met up with Anine & we did a bit of brainstorming while sipping on a cup hot chocolate.

She is the cutest of the cutest and such a pleasure to talk with!

 

The shoot is scheduled to take place in about one month from now and hopefully it will be awesome.
When you take pictures of beautiful people like Anine - how can you ever go wrong?!
I can hardly wait:)
She is releasing the video to the single "Dominoes" next week and I was so lucky to get a sneak peak.
It is lovely and I actually got goosebumps!

In the mean time I am at this moment completely past out from the flu:(
There is never a good time to get sick but this might be the worst timing!!!
Luckily I have Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda to keep me company...
This must be the 6th time I watch all seasons.
Can´t get out of bed and my throat and head is absolutely killing me!
I wish I could accept being sick like a woman, you know: strong, but that has never been my strong side.
I act more like a man!
You know...they get so sick it´s like the end of the world?!
Yes - a tad pathetic I guess, but still, I HATE BEING SICK!
And I hate physical pain:(
Hope I feel better tomorrow <3

   

March 22, 2011

All work and no play?

If ever you were under the impression that everything I do is fun (or glamorous even) you are surely mistaken!

Lately I feel all I do is paper work and admin!
Since I have been unmotivated (as a photographer) I have spent a lot of time catching up on a tad more boring stuff...

Had one hell of a start to my day btw.
After working 14 hours yesterday I was totally exhausted which led to me waking up at 1000 am.
Not good!

You know the feeling when you wake up in total panic, grabbing your cellphone and realizing that you just overslept! Argh!!!!!

But the sun is shining and spring is upon us - FINALLY:)

March 21, 2011

Hello:D

It is Monday!!
A new week with new possibilities:)

Have a couple of exciting meetings this week.
Hopefully I have some good news to share with you in the next few days.

Hope you have a great start to your week:D

Love this photo I took of Liv a few weeks ago - it is so lively!

March 18, 2011

Trying fashion on for size...




The pictures has been sent to possible buyers... IIIIIIIIIIK!!!
Hoping this series will be picked up, but either way - it was so much fun and I learned so much! 
Can´t wait to share it with you lovely people!


Have a great weekend <3 







March 17, 2011

I have all the answers - you insecure overachiever!


Note 2 self!!!

Stop overanalyzing! 
Stop searching when it is quiet and just BE for a minute!
Stop trying to figure out why things are the way that they are!
Stop feeling bad about the situation!

Start to accept!
Start a new and healthy diet!
Start to work out more!
Start to be even more thankful!

I have to remember this...

And I have to remember that my way to COMPLETE happiness is through a huge bowl of 
CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



March 16, 2011

When in doubt...

Go to the spa!

Went up to Ven House of Beauty yesterday to get my facial on:)
Lovely Anja, gave me the royal treatment and colored my lashes and my brows.
How lucky am I?!

Love this place <3
They don´t have a website up and running just yet, but they are located in Frognerveien 33.

March 15, 2011

What happens when the batteries run out?


At this moment, this very moment, James Morrison has agreed to soothe my melancholy and momentarily lack of inspiration through his beatiful song. 
Enjoy while bathing in my feeling of total numbness!



 I have had a strange sensation all weekend through today.
Cant´t put my finger on it though...

I have been floating on this super high since August and
I don´t think I am done floating just yet, but I have this weird feeling inside!

Being a fairly openminded person I try to listen to what surrounds me.
But now - quiet (it seems)...

Freaking me out on one hand and one the other not at all!
It´s like there is quiet before the storm.

Something is coming my way, I don´t know what it is, but you know that gut feeling you get sometimes?
It´s just like that!

I have retouch to do still, but I can´t seem to motivate myself.
Am I overworked? 
Over stressed?
Should I be more proactive?
 Should I be less proactive?
Am I starved for inspiration?
Am I asking too many question?
(Yes you are Annie!)

I have been flipping through old poems by the great Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings, but nothing seems to help!
I have watched 5 movies this weekend, read magazines, listened to music, but still - NOTHING!!!
This is not good.


Don´t get me wrong I am not depressed.
I am just numb!

Hopefully I will get a grip and shake off in a couple of days!
I need my energy back together with the inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


I hope at least that you are having a GREAT day:)





March 11, 2011

Entering the weekend...


Thought I should treat you to this pic I took from the Empire State building.
Can you see it´s shadow on the buildings on the left hand side?

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend <3

I have to add this song...
It is still on my all time top three!
Maybe even number one...
I know you have heard it before, even so - I never get tired of hearing it and it always calms me down.
I am a big Gavin fan, so I thought I should show you his version.

Have a great weekend everybody! :) 

March 10, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Who is the fairest of them all?
Presenting Liv Mykkeltveit!

She wanted a portrait for her b-day and my God did she get one:)
Mijauuuuuuu.......Prrrrr!!!!!
She gave me everything in this shoot.
She was focused and prepared 2 give her best.

She looks great as a film diva straight out of the silver screen (here in color...)!



March 9, 2011

H&M Opening!

Went to the opening of H&M in Bogstadveien 11 yesterday.
A LOT of people!!!

I am adding this picture of myself to make you aware of the following fact;

You notice that my body looks out of proportion? 
My head looks bigger than my waistline.
Well, remember this the next time you take a portrait pic;
Hold the camera lower. Solar plexus or belly button.

This will give you more correct proportions in the picture:)
I know my head is big but I am pretty sure that my waist is wider then on this picture HAHAHAHHA!!!


I also discovered a new app to my iPhone that I am totally in love with!!!
8mm camera <3
Look at this old school vibe!
Got to LOVE it :D

March 8, 2011

Thought I should add this as well today...IWD!



International women's day!




Somewhere between Boston & NYC...

This is the last day to vote...
I would appreciate your support - remember you can vote once per day:)

Somewhere between Boston and NYC I took this picture from my seat on the train.
It was so beautiful, I just can´t seem to forget this moment!
The feeling of total Zen, just being, just living,
got me thinking (on not a typical Tuesday morning)...
I find it amazing that one can experience a feeling all over again just by seeing a picture.
Trying to hold on to this feeling this week!
I need it...
I don´t limit myself by religion, I believe in one love!
But the Serenity Prayer is words for thought anyways and I hope you keep it in your heart <3
(This prayer is used amongst Alcoholics Anonymous. I am not one of them, but AA or not, this is good writing!)

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. 
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time,and accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.

March 7, 2011

Guide to blogging?!


Only a couple of days left to vote and I need your help!
You can vote for me HERE!

Photo by Espen Schive / Kolonihaven
Photo by Kenneth Myklebust / Kolonihaven
(CF Wesenberg & myself)
Photo by Oslo Nights at Fashion Week opening


Working proffesional - check!
Time 2 burn - Well...I guess all is relative;)
Wordpress/twitter - nope...
My own domain - check (but still not connected 2 my blog...)
Shout out to Kolonihaven - CHECK!!!
Dressing the part? - I leave that up 2 you 2 decide:)



March 4, 2011

Have a great weekend:)

Took this of my self on the roof of Empire State building.
Think it´s kinda cool:)

Leaving town this weekend with Baby Mac. 
We are still working on retouch from last week.
It is taking forever btw!
But on the positive side I am learning a lot about fashion shoots:)

I hope you have a great weekend :D

Adding this - hope you enjoy (I know I did)!

March 3, 2011

Man of mystery!


I have been invited to go with Atle Pettersen to the Kamelot concert. 
As his photographer I will take some pics of him both on and off stage. 

Kamelot (heavy metal) is not exactly the kind of music I listen to, but I love experiencing new things! 

Inspiration does not come for free...
You need a flow of new things.
You know; broaden your horizon!

The concert is in May - This should be fun;)

Oh and please give me your vote:)
Photography should be recognized as the beautiful thing it is,
and this blog is actually the only photo blog in the competition.
Thank you for the support:)

March 2, 2011

No comment?!


Let it be said;
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil!!

So why don´t I have a comment field?
My initial thought was to be true to what I wanted to write about and not be affected by the comments people leave. 
It didn´t matter what you wrote....

Now, almost one year later I feel tempted to open the comment field.
Or at least I did.
It does matter what you write, feel and mean.
Your feedback is of great value to me!

But...
Unfortunately we now live in a world where harassment and judgement is flying high!
I have read through many comment fields on other blogs and what people is writing is COMPLETELY shocking!!! 
WTF is going on????

95% of the comments are sweet and nice - amazing even!
But what about the remaining 5%?
Why would you ever read a blog if you are hating? 
Some people are leaving comments that makes my gut turn.
This is bullying on a new level - and anonymous even... 
Go and grow a couple and at least leave your name!

I posted this picture as a reminder.
Treat others like you want others to treat you!

This is an appeal to the bullies;
I know it´s difficult to "see no evil" and "hear no evil", but when it comes to "speak no evil" we all have a choice.
Pay it forward and think twice next time you open your mouth!

And for the rest of you lovely people;
If you have questions or requests - send me an email:)
I cherish your opinion and I am grateful for your support.
It truly does mean the world to me <3

Please don´t forget to vote for me - HERE!!!

March 1, 2011

Shoot with Espen Schive:)


I needed some portraits of my self & my good colleague Espen Schive was so kind to help me:)
Espen is a great photographer and so dedicated!!
Love the pics he took:)

Espen is also one of the master minds behind the photo blog Onionmag
You should def check it out!

Before I post the outcome I wanted to show you these pics I took of him in action.
Since the portraits was of me with my camera I took these while he was shooting me.
I also filmed it so that you can get a feeling of what it was like for me standing in front of the camera for once:) 
I am a sucker for grains and black & whites so I hope you like these pics as much as I do!

My favorite of these are the first one, it´s something about all the pipes and how the light hits....