Öresund Bridge

Delayed but welcome

Finally summer. Two months late. Nevertheless welcome. Dinner by the sea last night. Then down by the bridge. Swedes are incredibly adaptable. As soon as the heat gets turned up, off with the clothes and on with the smiles – as if all is forgiven and forgotten. Most people go back to work this week. I haven’t had a traditional vacation in…actually, ever. Once in a while, I’ll ponder what it would be like to spend two or three weeks without a camera, a computer and the Internet. That hasn’t happened in probably 15 years. Interesting to see how long time it would take me to adjust.


Tokyo on my mind

About 85% of the footage from this video was shot on iPhone 6 using a handheld gyroscope stabilized steadycam. I’m still amazed at how creatively versatile and commercially usable mobile phones (at least higher end models) have become.

Eloped

Eloped

Reboot after a short summer vacation yesterday with a full day shoot for Eloped, the electric scooter company based here in Malmö that I’ve worked with for a few years. Half day in the studio with three models, six scooters and a gazillion angles. Above: Rolf the Mechanic.

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A new year

Fifty two. A deck of cards. The B-52’s. The atomic number of Tellurium. 52 weeks in a year. The number of letters in the English alphabet.

Today’s birthday clearly signifies that I’ve got a pretty auspicious year ahead of me. Hopefully, it will also be one of the most creatively fulfilling and emotionally satisfying. Not that I really ever want or even expect to be completely satisfied with anything. That would probably be my demise. Stay hungry, as Steve Jobs so aptly put it.

I don’t make new year resolutions. But I will promise to try harder – during my fifty-third year – to focus on taking my life as an artist to a more spiritual level. Above all, I’m going to work harder than ever on choosing projects and setting goals that have long-term benefits for me and my family. Which means, I’ll be re-introducing the word “no” to my vernacular at an accelerated frequency. The vintage photo above was taking sometime during a voyage in my youth. I may have been 19 or 20 at the time and it was likely shot somewhere in the archipelago along the west coast of Sweden.


There and back: Riga

Just back from a full day in a warm and sunny Riga of Latvia. Primarily, I was there to oversee the results of the initial print run of a forthcoming book. Didn’t see much of the city, but what I did see, I found intriguing. Particularly the wide variety of architectural styles – spanning over several hundred years – including the more recent, dire, concrete post Soviet apartment blocks. In passing, I also got a glimpse of the controversial new public library, which, depending on your viewing angle, either looked like a gigantic cruise ship or an enormous parentheses. Either way, I can definitely understand why it has created a ruckus. Hope to return to Riga one day and explore more.

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Charlotte in the Studio

It’s not that often, but once in a while, Charlotte asks me to take her portrait – usually for one of her commercial travel sites. This one is for www.airlinestaffrates.com which is entirely dedicated to providing professionals in the airline industry with sweet deals on hotels.


Vejby, baby!

Here’s a shorty I put together this afternoon.  A week in Vejbystrand is good for the soul. At least when the weather is favorable. Which it was the first couple of days. Then this unfathomably insistent storm set in and kept us indoors for five days and nights – as if it was October. Today, the wind finally calmed down and the sun graced us with some warmth.

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Home Sweet Home

After an intense couple of weeks collecting visuals and impressions from first north east and then south east Asia, it was fantastic to find that it’s just about as warm (but thankfully, not nearly as humid) at home. Had an unusually long and strenuous flight from Bangkok via Oslo before finally landing late last evening at Copenhagen Airport. Slept 5 hours and woke rested and wide awake at 3:00 a.m. Got dressed, put together a camera kit and then rode my electric bike around Malmö to capture the day’s first rays of sun. What a contrast to Tokyo, Kyoto and Bangkok. So clean and tranquil. After my ride, Charlotte and I ran 7k and then went for a spine-chilling dip in the ocean.  The rest of the day was spent backing up roughly 75 gigabytes of images and video clips from the trip. Ended the day with a couple of flights with buddy Axel, an amazing quadcopter pilot.


This morning in Bangkok

The first part of this timelapse is from our room at the W in Bangkok. The last scene is from the breakfast terrace on the 2nd floor of the hotel. This is truly a fabulous location. Particularly good for me as Canon’s HQ and Service Center is right next door. I’ve made use of my membership at Canon Professional Services for a well-needed cleaning of my 5DMK3 body and 24-70mm/100-400mm glass. Picking them up today at 1:00 p.m. a few hours before my shoot with model Pooky in Chinatown at 4:00 p.m.

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Food frenzy in Bangkok

Back in Bangkok. It’s been about a year since we left our apartment on Soi 24 – but no matter how long I’m a way from Bangkok, it feels like it’s yesterday. I’m just as at home here as in Malmö, Manhattan or Santa Monica. Realized that I’ve been coming to Bangkok fairly regularly since 1988 and know my way around most of downtown – especially along the east side of Chao Phraya – from Bang Rak to Banglampoo.

Staying for the first time at the über-chic and boutiquey W Bangkok where tonight, I ordered the supremely concocted and mighty fine-tasting, avocado and tuna wrap, pictured above.

This hotel epitomizes everything I love about visiting Bangkok; visually compelling (huge art installations wherever you look), a fabulous, ultra-wide angle cityscape from our comfy, amenity-rich, twenty-fourth floor room. Not to forget, one of the capital’s best breakfast offerings.

When it comes to culinary experiences, Bangkok is without a doubt, the uncrowned food capital of the world. It boggles the mind when I think of how many stationary and mobile restaurants there must be throughout this sprawling metropolis. Some restaurants have been around for a long, long time and becoming cultural institutions. Bangkok’s insatiable food frenzy perpetuates the demand and so, new eateries pop up across the city every week.

Speaking of institutions…

Just yesterday, together with two of Charlottes friends, Susanne and Marie, I enjoyed a perfectly prepared truffle risotto at the aptly named and long-running restaurant, Eat Me – located in Saladeng, somewhere between Sathhorn and Silom Road. Haven’t been there in about a decade and was happy to see they’re still doing very well. The place was absolutely packed last night and apparently, business has been good since they opened 17 years ago.

Disappointingly, I discovered today that Elle’s and my favorite coconut ice cream shop at Chatuchak was no longer there. Fortunately, the sushi place at Siam Paragon had survived and Charlotte and I ate a huge lunch there with a couple of cold Changs.

Photo shoot near Chinatown with my favorite model Pooky on Tuesday afternoon. Cooked up a great theme. Hopefully,  Canon will return my camera and lens after a well-needed cleaning by tomorrow evening.