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operaboken, the opera book

My New Book

After an unusually long gestation period, I can finally unveil what is arguably the most inspiring project I have ever worked on thus far: a new, 240 page coffee table book called, We are Malmö Opera. I’ve designed a site for the book as well with a slew of additional images (outtakes) and a condensed version of how the project began, a brief description of my workflow and a link to where you can order your copy/copies of the new book.

Oresundsbron-Sunset

Time to Fly

Time to fly. Southern California is calling. Loudly.

It’s been close to a year since I last stood on a board or went for a run between the piers. An excursion to the Mojave desert could happen sometime during this visit. But I am primarily going to work on adding new visuals to www.santamonicaimages.com
What I think makes California so great aside from the sun and agreeable weather is the amazing geographical diversity you have within reasonable reach. In a single day, you could (theoretically) enjoy a morning surf in the Pacific Ocean, ski at lunch in the San Bernardino Mountains and watch the sun set from a sand dune deep in Death Valley. One day, maybe.
wind turbines denmark

Up, up and away!

Shot this a few years ago somewhere over the Öresund strait – a part of southern Scandinavia where the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea converge between Denmark and Sweden. It’s one those images I can’t honestly remember taking. Which isn’t that surprising, really, But I’m still going to keep it. It represents one of those moments in my life where I left my comfort zone (and the comfort of the Earth’s gravity) for new perspectives.

emptying the trash

Getting rid of stuff

So much going on behind the scenes these days. Stuff I can’t share here or elsewhere right now. Soon, though. Very soon. A new book is about to be unveiled…

In the meantime, I’m spending a considerable amount of unbillable hours (days, really) figuratively wading through tens of thousands of images and video clips from more than a year of commercial production. Folks, I’m like a crazy person swinging a machete – thrashing, slashing and deleting my way back to a tangible, manageable state of storage.

Currently down to somewhere around 25 000 from an almost unfathomable 40 000 RAW images. I keep telling myself that no-one will ever, ever have that many photos worthy of saving or archiving. If not legally, I still feel obliged morally to keep a back-up of my current clients images and to a lesser degree, footage shot for them.
It really feels good to fill up the trash to about 100GB and then just empty that sucker. The sound you hear when you empty the trash (on a Mac) is genuinely satisfying. Feels so liberating to let go and relieve oneself from a bunch of accumulated stuff and then almost immediately realize just how easy it is to live with less. Speaking of which…
I’ve recently been to two of the region’s largest cameras stores without committing to anything worth mentioning. There’s just not anything out there that tickles my fancy right now and my current kit is still to be considered top-notch. At least for a Canon shooter. I’ve sold so much stuff that I feel almost an allergic reaction when I start thinking about buying anything new. That said, I’ve seen a few rumor sites talking about a new mirrorless, full frame camera from Canon…have to admit…it seems interesting…
jogging in Malmö

Early Bird Run in Malmö

For whatever reason, I keep waking up ridiculously early. I don’t have an abundance of things going on, so it isn’t stress or anything negative. It’s probably a combo of age and season.

This morning I opened my eyes at 4 a.m. and about a half an hour later, I headed out for a long run along the quiet streets and parks of Malmö. A beautiful sunrise accompanied me and I made an effort to run where I assumed there would be extraordinary good morning light, aka “Blue Hour/Golden Hour”. I’ve figured out that by stopping once and a while during the course of an hour long run, I’m in effect introducing intervalls, which is supposed to be good for the ‘ol cardiovascular system.
On this particular morning, I listened to the commentary from Trump’s decision to abandoned the climate accord and the short and longterm repercussions this will have in the global political arena. The New York Times’ new podcast, “The Daily”, is just superb – as is Santa Monica based KCRW’s “To the Point”. Both offer inherantly liberal takes on the subject, but at least I’m getting some width geographically.
All the above shots were taken with iPhone 7+.

Skånes Magiska Rapsfält

Här kommer den. Rapsfilmen. Filmat både från under ett sportflygplan och utmed grusvägarna mellan jordbruken längs sydkusten. Har använt Canon-prylar och en Gopro till filmsekvenserna och förträffliga Zoom H6 till ljudet som jag spelade inte i källaren tidigare idag. Allt är klippt i Final Cut Pro X.

rapsfält, rapeseed field

Rapsfält i Skåne

Skånes rapsfält. Hur vackra är dom inte så här års? Och doften, sen då? Ljuvlig. Jag har verkligen tagit fasta på det där man säger lite flyhänt att man skall stanna upp lite och lukta på blommorna. Känns sunt och livsbejakande. Är verkligen less på inomhustillvaron och all evinnerlig, oåterkallelig tid jag lägger framför skärmen.

Häromdagen filmade jag rapsfälten från ett litet sportflygplan med utgångspunkt från Sturup och sedan stora svep över Svedala och Trelleborg. Mäktigt att se fälten från ovan. Prunkande grönska och nästan blandande knallgula åkrar så långt ögat når. En liten gul film kommer snart. Nyfiken gul.


Arrival of Summer

As per usual, spring gave way to summer in the blink of an eye. So, while the tuna was being marinated for the evening’s Sriracha Fish Tacos, I headed out to capture a few moments. The social metamorphosis this country goes through once the heat is turned on is truly remarkable. All is forgotten over night and residual memories from the previous eight months of being pounded by rain, snow and gusty winds from every possible direction are just gone. Amazing.

poke bowl

Poke Bowl

Tonight Charlotte and I enjoyed something new at Hai – one Malmö’s two good Japanese restaurants. We ate a tasty Hawaiian dish called “Poke” /poʊˈkeɪ/ which according to Wikipedia is Hawaiian for “to section” or “to slice or cut”. Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as an entree. Traditional forms are aku (an oily tuna) and he’e (octopus). We had the not-so-oily tuna which was basically cut into sashimi slices and placed together with other goodies on a bed of sushi rice. It’s a hyped dish here in Malmö but simple enough to make at home.

riga latvia

Riga

Tillbaka i Lettland igen och ett nytt besök hos Livonia Print som även trycker nya boken.

Landade sent i går eftermiddag och hann precis ut och hitta en schysst sylta innan jag däckade på jättelika konferenshotellet, Radisson Blu Latvia. Kallt som fan här. Snöade till och med tidigt i morse. Stort gym med hyfsat modern utrustning. Positivt överraskad av att det också fanns en boxningsäck och handskar. Förstår inte varför fler gym inte har det.

Åt en rejäl frukost innan jag åkte ut till tryckeriet där jag under några timmar kollade dom första arken med boksidor som kom ut från offsetmaskinen – en bjässe från Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Allt jag såg såg bra ut och nu ser jag verkligen fram emot att få hålla i  den tryckta boken som anländer om några veckor, cirka åtta månader efter att jag påbörjade projektet.

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