Vejbystrands Hamnen

Since we got here, I’ve  focused a good many hours on shooting for the forthcoming Vejbystrand book and today was no exception.

The afternoon light was just absolutely beautiful, possibly thanks to the cleaner atmosphere which I think came after last night’s well-needed rainfall. Aside from the aerial shots, I’m shooting mostly tight with either the 85mm or super wide with the 18mm. After last year’s hiatus, it feels genuinely good to be back in my favorite village.

One of the best things about Vejbystrand is that almost everyone here says hi when you meet along the meadow, by the beach or on the roads.  That may not be as unique as I think it is, but nonetheless a pleasantry in a typical small-town charming kind of way.


Vejbystrand

The heat is on – even here in Vejbystrand where I’m at right now to add images to my book project. I shot the above view from about 110 meters from where where we had drinks before dinner this evening with the always enjoyable Benestam/Pieplow family.

Lugging around my camera bag in this super-dry, super-hot climate – is taxing, to say the least. But with friends dropping by for lunch or dinner, there’s plenty of time for replenishing and cooling off under a tree or with a swim at the harbor.


Marstrand

Just started updatiing the Travel section here on the site. Eventually, my buddy Yigit will make the design changes to the Video section, too. Above’s the video from the enchanting island of Marstand that I produced for www.airlinestaffrates.com


Öresund Timelapse

Yesterday afternoon while the sun was beaming from a partially clouded sky, I sat for a while on the boardwalk just outside of our condo with a Gopro Hero 6 in timelapse mode (one photo every 10 seconds) placed on a big rock in front of me. I then looped the sequence in Final Cut Pro X with a short transition between each of the copied clips.


Morning Loop

To enjoy a bit of solitude here in Västra Hamnen right now, you have to get up supremely early. Which Charlotte and I did this unusually calm, windless morning. Admittedly, the morning would of been even nicer had I not brought the drone along. Then again, I wouldn’t of captured the above morning loop…


Summer Night in Malmö
From last night’s folk fest here in Västra Hamnen. I’m thoroughly pleased with all the visitors…but have to divulge that I am looking forward to when there is a little more space for a spontaneous afternoon nap along the boardwalk and less crowded evening swims.

Most of Sweden is currently enjoying a “heatwave” with temperatures in the neighborhood of 30ºC/86ºF. Of the 35 years or so that I’ve been living in Sweden, I can’t remember a summer this consistently sunny and warm. Amazing! Keep it comin’.


Titanic

Back in Malmö again after a few days working in Tylösand. I’ve been to several of Sweden’s most desireable beaches along the coastline and on Gotland. Heck, I’ve even seen a few of the most popular beaches around Sweden’s largest lake, Vänern. Bu the amount of visitors to Tylösand blew me away. It was nothing less than packed.

I captured the above aerial shot earlier today from about 30-40 meters above “Titanic”– a tremendously popular jump-off point among the youngins’. I’ve actually jumped from there once – during a stag party for friend, Erik Schneider, many years ago. Not exactly sure why it’s called Titanic. Perhaps the namesake is from the narrowest part of the triangular viewpoint.


Meanwhile, at Tylösand

Currently in Tylösand to produce a thing about this uniquely beautiful coastline. Surprisingly, I’ve actually never been here before.


A Milestone

At 30, I was honestly surprised that I was still around to celebrate that milestone. Not that I’d been doing too much crazy shit. No hardcore drugs (if you don’t count a one-off occasion in Forest Hills/Queens/New York back in 1986). There’s was, however, a lot of reckless partying. Way too much. Especially during my DJ and bartender years on the island of Gotland and in Riksgräsen. I was certainly burning the candle at both ends, trying hard to live life in the fast lane – as the Eagles song goes.

My 40th birthday was largely overshadowed by brother Tyko’s passing early that year. It would of been his 51st birthday yesterday. Hard to comprehend that it’s been 15 years since I spoke with him and heard his wonderfully contagious laugh.

After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast in bed served up by Charlotte and Elle, I started my 55th birthday diving head-first into the Öresund Strait, the narrow body of water that separates Sweden and Denmark. I’ve been doing that more or less every day and most evenings throughout this amazing summer. But today if felt extra fitting. There’s no looking back from here on out.


Model Mayhem

Here’s a contrasting image from a creative workshop I had with model Ploy Tyrell in the automotive neighborhood of Worachak near Chinatown in Bangkok.

Ploy’s a professional model I hired through Model Mayhem – a global network for photographers, models, makeup artists and a plethora of other folks working within visual arts.

Once you become a member and set your search criteria according to where you’re going to shoot in the world, the style you need for the male or female model to represent and a stylist or a makeup artist, you browse through a list of available freelancers until you find who you’re looking for and then get in touch with candidates to agree on dates and compensation. I’ve used Model Mayhem for about five years and so far, it’s been an invaluable source.


The Bike Shop

This is from the bike shop Västra Hamnens Cyklar here in Västra Hamnen that the family frequents from time to time. Insofar that it makes sense, I try hard to support local businesses. The small ones in particular.

No data to back this up, but Malmö might actually have the most bicycles per capita in Sweden. There are dozens of small to medium-size bicycle repair shops throughout the city.

Here’s an interesting coincidence.

As it turns out, Aidin, who runs our neighborhood bicycle store, is married to a women who’s sister is married to our friend Jeppe Appelin that runs the winery where I had my most recent photo exhibit – in Vejbystrand.

Most of the video was shot using prime Zeiss lenses (18mm/35mm/85mm) on the Sony A7III. The only exception is the under-the-bike footage which I shot handheld with my iPhone 7+.


The Öresund Bridge

This is by far my favorite sea-level image of the Öresund Bridge. I shot it a couple years ago during a local excursion with Charlotte during one of those wonderfully warm summer evenings. An humongously enlarged version of this photo can be seen at our local supermarket, ICA MAXI.

During my pre-marriage stag party here in Malmö 20 years ago, a group of friends had arranged for me to sail across the Öresund with two blond sailing instructors to what was then the half-way point of the unfinished bridge.

Here are the architects and engineers for the 7845 meter long Öresund Bridge which was completed in July of 2000 after four years of construction.


Rosengårds Fastigheter

One of my clients, Rosengårds Fastigheter, just recently launched their sparkling new website. I started working with the relatively new company late last fall and we started filming four one minute portraits as soon as the snow (finally) melted away in April. Each video shines a some light on a key area within the company – through the lens of the individual responsible for it.

I’d been to Rosengård a few times before this project, primarily to capture stills of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s childhood apartment, the soccer pitch, Zlatan Court and the surrounding neighborhood. These photos are now on permanent display in the Zlatan Suite at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live.

Clearly, this project provided me with a much deeper understanding of Rosengård and of how inspiringly eclectic the area is and, of course, insight into some of the socio-economic challenges that lay ahead for the area and the stakeholders that live, work and operate there.

I recently listened to an episode of the excellent podcast Hidden Brain which presented research within ecology and sociology. According to scientists findings, “The Edge Effect” is when eco systems and cultures blend and cross-pollinate, providing a ton of new evolutionary opportunities. No big surprise, perhaps and I saw some of this taking place in real-time whilst filming in Rosengård and it made my heart smile. I still think this is worth keeping in mind today when so much of society is polarized, fragmented and focused on bearing  tribalisms on our sleeves instead of building relationships based on shared commonalities.

In addition to the four aforementioned videos  I’ve also taken most of the company’s press photos and documented each of Rosengårds Fastigheter’s 35 residential buildings.


Marstrand Morning

Last night, I set the alarm for 6:00 a.m. to be able to capture some footage and stills of Marstrand in the early morning light.

The remote control isn’t working right now due to the charging port malfunctioning. I may have forced the micro usb cable in the wrong way.

So I’m controlling the Mavic via the DJI Go app. The on-screen controls are flimsy and somewhat unpredictable – but after a few test runs, navigating the drone actually works just fine and dandy – as long as I only fly it vertically.


Marstrand by Night

My view this evening at about 11:00 p.m. from across the narrow channel that seperates Marstrand from where our hotel is located.


Marstrand

Our talented daughter Elle shot this earlier today during a well-needed coffee break at Bergs Konditori – a legendary café on the island of Marstrand where we’re working for a few days.

I’m here to shoot a destination video about Marstrand, and so, today, in early hours of the a.m., we walked back and forth along the popular harbor drag and spent a few hours exploring the ocean facing side of Marstrand – to capture the best views before the harsh, midday sun arrived.

It’s high season, but still not excruciatingly crowded. In my late teens and early twenties, I spent some time here – either sailing or partying. Sometimes both. But it’s been at least 15 years since my last visit. Fortunately, like the coffee at Bergs, Marstrand hasn’t changed much. It’s still good where it counts.


Västra Hamnen

Here’s a collection of mostly aerial (drone) footage from Västra Hamnen that I’ve shot over the last couple of months. We really live in a remarkable neighborhood – especialy when the weather is as spectacular as it has been since April.


FIFA WORLD CUP

From yesterday’s broadcast of the FIFA WORLD CUP quarter final match between Sweden and England at Folkets Park here in Malmö. Not exactly sure how many were there, but somewhere above 10k would be about right. Sad for the loss, glad for the camaraderie atsmosphere at the event.


Copenhagen Poker Run

We had a bunch of “cigarette boats” visit our small little harbor earlier today. Unbeknownst to me, it’s an annual event. I took out the drone for a spin to capture a few of the above sequences. The popular 1980s pastel hued detective show, Miami Vice, obviously came to mind as these monsters eventually pulled out of the harbor and headed slowly out to the Öresund strait.

The equivalent on land must certainly be a dragster, no? On the one hand, it’s hard not to appreciate the sleek aesthetics of either the land or seagoing gas/diesel guzzling vehicle.


Safari @ Masai Mara

So this 60 second video represents some of the highlights from our phenomenal safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve. It was our third safari to date and I sincerely hope there will be plenty more.

It was an abstract, somewhat religious experience to be on the very planes of the African savanna where we all originate from – with an incredible diversity of creatures and humans that have roamed and lived out their lives there for millions of years.


Kronprinsen

From last night: at 87 meters, the high rise to the right is called Kronprinsen (the Crown Prince). It was once Sweden’s tallest building, replaced in 2005 by the 190 meter skyscraper, Turning Torso – the silhouette in the background. To the right is Malmö Live.


Malmö Live Night

From last night above a small bridge near Malmö Live, the hotel,conference and concert hall of Malmö’s Symphony Orchestra.

It’s all about finding the sweet spot between light and dark. That’s what I keep telling myself each time I head out after sunset with the drone to capture a few photographs that are within the dynamic range and light sensitivity of its relatively small camera sensor. With just a little tweaking in Lightroom, only to remove some slight graininess, most images turn out to be very clean and usable.


Last Night in Västra Hamnen

Shot this last night at about 10:30 p.m just after getting off the train from Kastrup and off the plane from Spain. Smooth flight and gorgeous weather as we crossed Ibiza and the Swiss Alps. According to Apple Maps, we flew above (or, at least near) the Matterhorn.

Pilar de la Horadada near Alicante is definitely a travel-worthy, recommendable destination. Very laid-back and charming. Almost ghostly calm this time of year. Food was good, too. Mostly tapas, of course. But they did have a decent Mexican bodega run by an Argentenian that looked like a young Gino Vanelli.

One of my three days was spent biking roughly 40k along the coast. Fell in love with an ancient spa hotel called Encarnacion Los Alcazares – which was where rested before turning around during the ride.

Meanwhile, amazingly, the southern California-esque weather persists here in Malmö. A meteorological blessing I hope will last for at least another two more months. Because, we’re worth it!


In Spain again. This time near Alicante where I’m checking out a small, picturesque, seaside village called, Pilar de la Horadada.

Whilst here, I joined the dynamic duo, Ankan Östberg and Katti Johansson and a huge posse of roughly 20 friends – mostly old colleagues and buddies from my days up in Riksgränsen (northernmost Swedish province of Lapland) and on the island of Gotland – to royally celebrate our sweet friend, Anki Jansson’s 50th birthday.


Görel Day-Wilson 1939-2018

Sad news arrived yesterday from Nairobi, Kenya. Charlotte’s aunt, Görel Day-Wilson had passed away hastily. Raised and educated in Sweden, Görel moved to Kenya over 45 years ago where together with her husband David, she owned a tea farm. Görel worked as a jouranlist and in later years, as an administrator and coordinator for Rotary Doctors in Kenya. She is survived by daughter Victoria, siblings Agneta and Hans and grandchildren Baringo and Maria. Rest in Peace, Görel. You will certainly be missed by the family and by friends around the world.