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Afghanistan

Years ago, I frequently took a cab to our favorite airport, Københavns Lufthavn. On several occasions, I had the same driver, a tall, slender man with a neatly kept beard,  a loosely hanging red scarf and a wide, gentle smile. He was a good-looking fellow that if I had to guess, came from somewhere in northern […]

23rd Wedding Anniversary

On this auspicious day, 23 years ago, Charlotte and I were married at Brunnby Church near Mölle-by-the-Sea by the family priest Ola Stålnacke. The photo above was taken during our very first trip to Asia – the year before our memorable wedding on August 15, 1998. Both Charlotte and I had been to Southeast Asia […]

Funeral & Mingle for Eva Bendz Hellström

Nothing reminds me more of my own mortality than on the rare occasion when I am invited to a funeral. I suppose the remainder will become more and more evidential the older I get. Despite having several close family members pass away prematurely, as a concept, death still feels remarkably abstract and distant. Not that […]

In Trouble: Planet Earth

Finally a new installment in my Resurfaced series. I haven’t been giving it much attention lately. Hope to remedy this soon. I honestly don’t remember where I shot this utility box. Possibly in Malmö. Maybe in Göteborg. With the release of the United Nations pan-governmental climate report yesterday, one can either envision a forboding cataclysmic […]

Stora Hult Strand

I vividly remember the very first time I visited Stora Hult Strand in Vejbystrand. It was the spring of 1997 and Charlotte and I had been dating for about six months. After a night in Malmö, we made a quick pitstop at her summer house on our way back to Göteborg. The ancient name of […]

Back in Vejby

Met this curious creature on my way back from last night’s dip in the sea. Good to be back in Vejby again after an intense visit to Malmö. Finishing up the new book next week as the printer’s deadline is rapidly approaching. Will be heading back up to the Gylsboda this Saturday to shoot stills […]

Indian in Malmö

I’ve been in Malmö for 24 hours to meet with Joanna and Rikard, long-time clients (whom, like most of my clients, are also good friends) at their new restaurant Utbåtshallen to see if a giant print of one of my images could add to the milieu. I think we came up with an idea that […]

Beautiful Skies

A series of powerful storms have been passing through northwestern Skåne for the last two weeks. Torrential rains are often followed by beautiful, dramatic skies like the one above, shot night before last. Compared with the summer’s prolonged heatwave, the temperature has now dropped to a much more agreeable level, oscillating gently, but never reaching […]

Fallen Tree

There’s no shortage of drama here in Vejbystrand. The day before last, while a powerful summer storm flew through the village, I stepped outside the studio to take a picture of how the gusty winds forcefully bent the bamboo canes and elephant grass. Just then, at that very moment, the garden’s large Aspen gave in […]

Walk in Vejbystrand

Continues to feel both humbled and privileged to have such beautiful and varied nature experiences literally around the corner. Although I walk pretty much the same distances over and over again, I still never get tired. Why? Well, because the colors, the light, and the smells are constantly changing. So even though the landscape itself […]

Pizza, Places & Porcupine

Met this little fella last night while eating a pizza down by the harbor in Vejbystrand. He lived under the restaurant’s wooden deck and made short, intense trips between his home and the restaurant’s outdoor tables and chairs, looking for scraps of food. It’s been almost a year since I was abroad and almost two […]

Fifty-Eight

Celebrating my 58th year on this wondrous planet today. I suggested to Charlotte the other day that we’d add an activity after the traditional birthday breakfast-in-bed. And since we’ve both always wanted to go kayaking up and down Rönne å, a narrow, winding river lined by gorgeous lush vegetation in Ängelholm, that’s exactly what we […]

Tyko Blake Eskil Raboff 1967-2003

Quietly celebrating Tyko today on what would have been his 54th birthday. The echo of emptiness from lost loved ones eventually dwindles, becoming faint and distant with time. Yes, notwithstanding the level of preparedness, the initial flood of pain inevitably fills our hearts and almost drowns us. But in due course, the ebb arrives and […]

Grästorp

This is a view of Barbro’s place near the city of Grästorp, about an hour northeast of Göteborg. I spent just shy of 24hrs there earlier this week and enjoyed both Barbro’s company and her generous hospitality. We spoke of many things, high and low, wide and narrow, deep and shallow. There was plenty of […]

Norsesund

I’ve fallen in love with Sweden again. It’s pretty easy to do and for me, it’s much the same romance as every summer. I’m just as rhapsodic about how beautiful the country is this time of year as I am full of tribulation during the cold and dark winter months. But right now, everything is […]

Living by Water

I miss the sea. I’ve been away from the sea for almost 4 weeks now. Mostly in Göteborg. I’m starting to feel claustrophobic, visually saturated, and audibly overwhelmed by the abundance of stimuli that city life throws at you. Heading out to visit an old friend that lives near a lake today. Brought my swim […]

Ernest Raboff 100

As if I hadn’t had enough family history for a spell, when I got back to Göteborg today, something prompted me to check the date. I knew the 13th was significant somehow. And then I remembered. It was my father’s birthday and since he was born in 1921, so had Ernest Lloyd Raboff been alive, […]

Leaving Mellerud

Feels like I’ve been on some kind of reconciliation trip. Not that I believe I will ever be able to absolve my mother (or, father, for that matter) from their shitty parenting. But at least I’ve now found a few more missing pieces to my giant family puzzle by visiting childhood places where she must […]

Moderud: Mother’s Humble Beginnings

After my plans to head up the coast from Göteborg had to be scrapped, I decided to tick off a really old checkbox today by traveling by train to Mellerud and then beyond to the ancient village of Järn where the farmstead my mother and two of her three sisters grew up at during the […]

Riai Taiko

While walking back from a café where I’d been working on selecting images for the new book, I noticed this colorful crew. After a few seconds, I knew that the event had to be, if not internalized then certainly eternalized via the collection of clips you see above. All shot on my nearly three-year-old iPhone. […]

From Gylsboda to Göteborg

Shot this intriguing valve or duct in an old repair shop whilst in Gylsboda last week. I’m currently in Göteborg selecting and editing the forthcoming book’s images. Bought a few ingredients for last night’s crunchy salad at Saluhallen, the old downtown market, just as I did back in the old days when I called Göteborg […]

Certified Outhouse

Just picked up my vaccination card at www.covidbevis.se – the Swedish branch of the pan-European effort to certify/authorize those of us that have smart enough to get vaxxed. The rest of you…well, the jury’s still out. I do feel relieved. However, I was a little worried about the document’s top headline, which reads, “EU Digital […]

Rock’n’roll

From yesterday’s Rock’n’roll shoot at a diabase rock quarry in the northeastern Swedish province of Skåne. With two stationary 4k cameras and one drone, also shooting at 4k, from a filmmaking perspective, this was definitely one of the most complicated three-camera scenes I’ve ever attempted. Interestingly, I was as calm as the two quarrymen that […]

The Dive

I shot this one very early morning a few years back in Malmö. I vividly remember how stressful it was to first position the drone and then allow it to hover 25-30 meters above me while I dove into the sea. A nonetheless interesting technical and creative challenge.

Road Trip with Lennart

Sembo, the travel agency, and a subsidiary of Stena Line Travel Group AB, recently hired me to produce an inspirational road trip commercial with Lennart in the lead and Charlotte as a supporting actor. We spent a night at a castle and a day shooting in the coastal villages of Rå and Bortashusen. Here’s Sembo’s […]

Blue: Joni Mitchell

I’ve admired Joni Mitchell for about 40 years. Her voice, musicianship and storytelling continue to inspire me. Happy to hear that she’s steadily recovering from a 2015 aneurysm. Though I can appreciate him as an artist, I’ve never been a fan of Dylan. Maybe it’s the voice or Bob’s inability to vocally harmonize with his […]

Another Moon

Off the cuff, from the hip, out of the blue, spontaneously shot this moon earlier tonight. Saving up my creativity for next week’s shoot in Bohuslän.

Lennart visits Bohuslän

Another ad starring Lennart went live the other day. This time, Lennart visits beautiful Grebbestad in Bohuslän along Sweden’s southwest coastline. Produced for the Tourism Board of Western Sweden.

Random Sushi

I don’t remember where or when I shot this. Could have been in Malmö a few weeks ago. I pretty much always take a photo of my sushi meals, regardless really of whether or not they were tasty or nicely presented. It’s maniacal, I know. Have been putting off watching the documentary Seaspiracy for a […]

Clarion Hotel Malmö Live

A teaser ad for a new rooftop bar opening in August 2021. Shot in less than an hour last week for friends/clients at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live in Malmö. A huge thanks for helping out goes to my buddies and Extras Michael Poe and Giedre Gaizauskaite Poe.

The Wall

Love this wall. Shot somewhere in Malmö. The hues, patina, and texture give me goosebumps. Creatively speaking.

New Book Project

Don’t want to disclose much at this time, but I was just recently commissioned to produce a new book about a most interesting artists’ colony here in southern Sweden. This is one of the first images captured for this project, shot earlier today.

Timelapse Göteborg

This is timelapse from Göteborg shows the view our hotel room in Göteborg provided during our 22-hour visit from Thursday the 3rd of June to Friday the 4th. We were in our old hometown to celebrate the graduation of our friend’s daughter, but also to spend some time with Elle. I even got a chance […]

Illustrating Poems: Return to Normalcy II

For a while now, I’ve been illustrating poems. Not my own poems, though. I haven’t written one since my English teacher, Mr. Greenspan, gave me and my fellow seventh grade classmates an assignment to create a collection of sonnets, haikus, and limericks during the spring semester of 1977. Several family members on my father’s side […]