October 31, 2011

James Morrison!

James Morrison visited Oslo last Thursday.
I really wish I had the chance of getting some portraits but these will just have to do!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE his new album<3
If you have time to spear today I will recommend you listen to the song I added as well.

October 26, 2011

Aleksander With!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of testing a Nikon D3s. 
What a beast!!!

Here is one of my favourite portraits from the shooting I had with Aleksander With.

Oh - we also made a video!
It was so much fun!!!

October 25, 2011

Vixen blog awards!

Yes it is that time of year!
This is the second year that Vixen Magazine is hosting the awards.

I would really really really appreciate your nomination for photo blog :)
May the best blogger win!

Go to THIS link to nominate;

OH - and if you do nominate me, please drop your name in the comment field so I know who to thank:)

October 21, 2011

Pål Laukli & Maya Vik!

By far one of the biggest photo exhibitions I have been to (in Norway).

Perfect location and the perfect project!
Power house creative brains was all there - even Bjarne Melgaard visited.

Congratulations Pål & Maya!!

October 18, 2011

Release of the explanation?

With her new album "Forklaring følger" she does it again!
As one of Norway's biggest artist Ingrid Bjørnov released her new album last week at John Dee in Oslo. 

As a proud member of the audience I was completely mesmerised by her performance!
She does it all!
Amazing pianist, vocalist, performer, comedian.... Is there anything this lady cannot do?
I have earlier shared with you the fascination I have for her, but it goes beyond this.
This is true ADMIRATION!
To any insecure girl she can be a tremendous positive influence.

She has an energy on stage that is not only real but also humble in a secure way.
Ingrid includes her audience and invite them into her space thus getting their undivided attention. 
You have to pay attention, and you can´t help not to!
I ended up singing with the crowd.
I had goose pumps.
I shed a tear.

She invited her old colleague, Benedicte Adrian, up on stage as well. 
As always they are a great duo!

But Ingrid, you do it best by yourself now...
A grown woman with the perfect amount of self esteem;) 

She has loads of sarcasm and "though love" and I truly love the fact that she has no boundaries.
She never steps over the line, but balances with grace and charm right on the edge.
I am happy to have had the opportunity of seeing her live!
In my eyes she is a living legend and you are a fool if you miss out on her!

She is scheduled to have several concerts during this fall and I advice you to check out the dates!

October 13, 2011

Contrasts in Paris...

I have to say that street photography is not a genre that I feel comes natural to me.

I would best describe it like this:
You have to observe and look, but you don´t necessarily get the opportunity of enjoying.

I was constantly chasing the perfect picture thus I was left with observing alone.
It wasn´t until I sat down on the riverboat I took it all in.
More pictures of that to come, but first I wan´t to share these.

They say a pictures says more than a thousand words?
What words should I then use on these pics?

Where Louis Vuitton and Mulberry meets broken backs and beggars?

Where crispy ironed white pants and fancy camera equipment meet homeless shoeless youngsters?

Paris can be brutal it seems, filled with diversity and contrast.
Still I really like these pictures as I feel I exposed at vulnerable part of her inner essence. 

Both pics shot with Leica M9 aka Kurt!

October 12, 2011

The intolerable lightness of being!

Milan Kundera would describe it as unbearable... 
I describe it as absolutely intolerable!

Lightness of being;
in my head best summed up as mere physical being.
Mentally - can being ever be considered light?
I am not one to accept the formalities of life as society would best have it, confined and dependable.
I could never fully be me, without discovering and developing myself and all that surrounds me.

I would like to be a writer. But surely I am a writer?
What does a writer make? Words?
If so - I am a writer. 
A published one even (at least on this blog)!

I would like to be a photographer. But surely I am a photographer?
What does a photographer make? Pictures?
If so - I am a photographer too.
Published even.

I will not say it is as easy as I just wrapped it up to be.
I find it to be a constant fight.
A personal war.
A personal love affair.
All is fair in love and war...

The lightness of being can only be experienced once you give up or surrender to life. 
You stop searching and you stop evolving. 
So I would not wish this lightness on my worst enemy!
It would leave nothing but an empty shell.

In my search for "world dominance" I find myself to be exhausted.
I feel like a marathon runner, closing in on the finish line.
I see it and it is not at all far away, but for some reason my legs will not follow my instructions.
Why am I always in a hurry?
Relax, take your time honey, you will get there!
For the time being I need to breathe and relax.
Hurry slowly, you know.

I am proving myself to someone.
I REALLY wish I knew who!
It is not my family nor my friends, so it leaves me with a weary suspicion...
Can it be ME?!
If so, Anne Elisabeth would turn out to be my own worst enemy.
What a frightening thought!
Terrifying actually...

In a world where all is fair I guess I would be a paid photographer and a writer.
I would spend spring and fall in Paris, in my apartment by the Seine.
I would bring my camera one day and my mac the other.
I would drink my espresso and eat my croissants at my favourite cafe.
I would listen to Sarah Vaughan and my creativity would rule my universe, without questions asked and I would always be a person in creative zen.
Only differences from my life today?
- Paris!
- Of course a more relaxed schedule...
- And lacking the sense of ZEN.

I think it is time I not only see my creativity, but fully learn to accept it.
Meaning sleepless nights, ideas when I should be resting, a sensitive mind and a vulnerable soul.

Like the great Odd Nerdrum said:
"A man must suffer a bit, to become a real man."
(Also goes for women...!)
Without trials and tribulations one can never be of the creative sort, which only leaves me to think that all creative souls at some level will for ever be in turmoil, without the ability to be at the stage of "lightness of being". 
They don´t have the ability to accept, they are constantly searching for new ideas or mountains to climb.

I want to write more.
I want to write a book and I want to write a column.
Sorry to say, but there is a lot of shitty writing out there, and by stating that fact I just put my writing above it all (just the shitty writing!!!)... 
Fact is, I like writing and I like MY writing, if I didn´t, I surly would NOT write at all?!
And I would not share it with you!
Take it or leave it basically. 

We are all told that we should believe in ourselves and I am constantly discovering my pros and cons. 
It is exciting and tiresome at the same time!
I could definitely be more consistent and put all my energy into ONE thing at a time, but I fail at the attempt over and over again...
How come it seems like most people can choose a profession and stick by it?
I said: it seems...
I sometimes wish I could be like that and not be creative, but that would be the same thing as saying: I wish I never had my baby.
I would never say it, but when times get tough I sometimes wonder;
What if?
9:00 to 5:00 baby, 9:00 to 5:00...

Oh well!
I am not a pioneer.
I am not a philosopher.
I am just a young woman looking for a way to get the utmost out of her self proclaimed (...) talent.
So let me!
If not for the NEW YORK TIMES or Conde Nast, let me use this simple blog to be what I desperately want to be:
A photographer.
A writer.
A modern woman standing on her own two feet.
This is my escape from, or my voice for, my very own war/love affair.

You can choose to read it.
You can choose to comment.
Or you can choose to read something else.

In my mind this is my pursuit of happiness and surely you can now agree that from my point of view the lightness of being is absolutely intolerable!

Oh - if you happen to come across a vacancy at Conde Nast as photographer and or writer - send me an email yeah? ;)

As usual - click on the image to get a bigger version.
From my latest lover - Paris <3

October 10, 2011

It´s oh so quiet...

Taking babysteps... Much needed! 
Hopefully I´ll be back with a BIG BANG;)
I didn´t go crazy - but I sure love this song AND the lyrics!!