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Off the Caffeine Trail

Captured this cappuccino yesterday during a food photography assignment. So I’ve once again removed coffee from my diet. Yes, I do miss the ritual of making a pot of fresh French Press coffee every morning after my gym visit, my prostate is eternally grateful for what in actuality is a negligible sacrifice. According to Wikipedia, […]

Resurfaced: Biden’s 10 Hour Train Ride to Kyiv

This Resurfaced was captured near the train station in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2021. It’s been almost a year since the unbelievably tyrannic, hostile, and war-mongering Vlad invaded Ukraine after amassing troops on his Belarusian dictator pal Lukashenko’s border. The other day here in Malmö, I spoke with a young couple from Kyiv. They both live […]

Otto the Storm

From an early walk this morning to check out what our neighborhood looked like after Otto the Storm passed through southern Sweden last night.

Resurfaced: Sofia II

Here’s an another Resurfaced from Sofia. The whittling process, choosing which images are “keepers”, usually takes a few reviews. I’m guessing that I’ll have about 4 or 5 left once I’ve gone through the whole batch. That’ll do fine for a book about this project.

Resurfaced: Sofia

This too was captured somewhere in Sofia, Bulgaria last week. The capital is in a varying degree of disrepair and several of the surfaces I discovered were located on temporary walls that surrounded construction sites. I say temporary, but considering how many layers there were on some of the Resurfaced pieces I brought back home, […]

Back to the Gym

As fun and inspiring as it was to go skiing last week, I missed my early morning gym sessions 4-5 times a week. I typically wake up at 05:00 am and slowly get ready for the 7-minute walk to our neighborhood sports center, Kockum Fritid. I have a doctor’s appointment this morning in Lund, so […]

Resurfaced: Bulgaria

Captured this, my very first published Resurfaced artifact from the country of Bulgaria. I located it on a  wall somewhere in the old town of Sofia. Like in Kyiv, the Bulgarians use the Cyrillic alphabet, which for some reason unbeknownst to me, I find aesthetically pleasing.

Bansko Train Station

I try hard to visit train stations wherever I travel. So, when I heard Bansko had one of Bulgaria’s smallest and was functioning (albeit with a minimum of arrivals, departures, and destinations), I just had to check it out. Perhaps not the most spectacular train station in the world, but it certainly has an amazing […]

Encouter with a Toilet Brush

Couldn’t sleep again last night. Maybe it was the soreness from 5 hours on the slopes. Maybe it was a fermented Bulgarian delicacy from the hotel’s buffet coming back to haunt me as I lay there sleepless in bed. Maybe I was worried about young Ellie hiding a pistol in her jacket pocket in episode […]

The Emperor’s New Icicles

These beautiful icicles were hanging from one of a half dozen or so “chalets” located at the lift stations on the slopes of the Pirin Mountains. That’s where we’re currently skiing. None of these places offer a view of the peak of Vihren with its staggering height of 2914 meters. You get pretty close to […]

Skiing in Bansko

Haven’t been off-piste yet, but the slopes Charlotte and I skied all day yesterday here in Bansko were really, really nice. I’m continuously impressed with how well-prepared the pists are and even more so with how effective the lift system is. Aside from the wait to get on the gondola ride up the mountain from […]

The Nightfly to Sophia

In late 2021, just as the pandemic was tapering off, Charlotte and I had an interesting fall remote working as “digital nomads” from a sleepy seaside town in Croatia called Zadar. We made friends with a few folks while we were there, among them was Richard, a fellow nomad from the UK. One afternoon while […]

And then what? Fish?

It’s not exactly a new year’s resolution, but I have promised myself that before I hit the 60 mark this July 22, I’ll have published no less than three new books. One is already on the finish line and if I don’t let myself get too distracted with other stuff, I feel justifiably confident that […]

Resurfaced: Beverly & Fairfax

I located this surface along the northwest corner of Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue while in Los Angeles this past October. There was a long stretch of beautifully layered postings and I probably spent the better part of an hour capturing a series of potential artifacts along the wall. I didn’t visit DTLA during my […]

Big Wave Surf in Nazaré

It was about a year ago, while we were staying in Lisbon for a few months, that I took a regional bus to the ancient fishing village of Nazaré in the historical province of Estremadura where the world’s largest waves roll in during the winter. It’s thanks to the “Nazaré Canyon”, a submarine geomorphological phenomenon […]

The Ginger Snuff Story

I’ve been off nicotine for about a decade now. I replaced traditional tobacco snuff in 2013 while we were living on the corner of Idaho Avenue and 2nd Street in Santa Monica Beach. I had wanted to quit snuff for some time, but I always fell off the wagon, buying yet another round container of Swedish […]

Resurfaced: The Tragic Deconstruction of Kyiv

I literally stumbled upon this wall in 2021 while scouring downtown Kyiv for the Resurfaced project. It’s saddening when I think of how much suffering the Ukrainian people have gone through since the Russian invasion almost a year ago. I wonder what all the people I met during my stay in the county are doing […]

All Book Covers Minus One

Here’s the current collection of books I’ve published and been commissioned to produce since 2005. Counting the 5000 printed for the Chinese version of the World Fair edition of my 2010 book about Västra Hamnen and the 5000 copies produced of the “Vad Sysslar Du Med?” interview book, there could be about 25,000 books with […]

The Menu: Art vs Food

Last night I saw the comedic drama The Menu and I absolutely loved every minute of it. It reminded me of both the excellent 1997 film The Game with Sean Penn and Michael Douglas and Peter Greenaway’s bizarre 1989 movie “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover” with Helen Mirren and Tim Roth. And with Ralph Fiennes playing […]

Sieng Gong Book Project

This a screenshot from the editing environment I’ve spent most of today in working on “Heavy Metal in Sieng Gong”, my latest book project. The new book will have about 150 pages and be the 20th thus far and the very first with photographs entirely in monochrome. The Gold Master should be ready by the […]

Chili Tuna Soba Noodle Soup

Sunday evening. Just finished dinner. Tonight I made a spicy soba noodle soup with seared tuna from two frozen steaks I had deep in the freezer. I marinated them for about 30 minutes in a plastic bag with some soy sauce, chili flakes, sesame oil, Szechuan pepper, and a few drops of lime juice. No […]

Huddled in the Fog

The fog has rolled into town again. Might be the first time this year. I don’t mind the fog. It’s mysterious but also beautiful as it can only exist when there is next to no wind. And we certainly get enough wind here as it is. So I’m enjoying both.

Chinese Newspaper Wall

It struck me just a little while ago how much I love communication and that I’ve now (as of 2023) worked within the field in a variety of roles for more than 25 years. It’s been a long, wonderful love affair and one that has provided a wealth of creative and monetary rewards that I […]

Resurfaced: Jackson Lamb

I’ve been a Gary Oldman fan since Sid & Nancy and True Romance. His performance as Winston Churchill is possibly my favorite. So it was a thrill to watch him in the final two episodes of Slow Horse last night. His cast members are good, some of them really good. But he outshines most actors […]

Daughter & Father Collaboration

Daughter Elle captured this portrait of me, her father, late last summer. In retrospect, I was significantly more interested in our creative collaboration than whether or not the results turned out to be as good as they ended up being. Which is by no means a reflection of Elle’s capability to take a portrait of […]

Resurfaced: Malmö’s Eastside

Here’s yet another artifact for the Resurfaced project that captured yesterday in Malmö’s Eastside. There’s definitely a correlation between these new pieces and that fact that I discovered them in a part of town populated with an overall younger demographic and considerable more ethnic diversity than in, say, our neighborhood. Posters and posting can be found all over […]

Resurfaced: Södervärn

Captured this intriguing Resurfaced piece earlier today on my way to a friend’s book release event in a part of Malmö I rarely visit, Södervärn. On the way back, I located a long plywood wall full of riveting surfaces of which I hastily captured a few. I definitely need to return sometime next week to […]

Resurfaced: Nr 378

This is from Sieng Gong, the neighborhood in Bangkok that I’ve been documenting off and on since 2011. I wasn’t there to discover new surfaces for the Resurfaced project, but sometimes I get lucky. The naming of this piece was extraordinarily obvious. My dear cousin and amazing Berkley-based artist Laura Raboff recently suggested I reduce the […]

Resurfaced: Calle Oficina en Málaga

Three years ago today, we arrived in southern Spain, two months before the Covid-19 pandemic began. I remember the sun was shining brightly from a crisp blue sky and how we spent a good chunk of that very first afternoon enjoying a typical Spanish tapas lunch somewhere near Mercado Central de Atarazanas, Málaga’s formidable old […]

MyDOG 2023

Still kinda unpacking my experiences from our visit to Göteborg this past weekend. A few interesting revelations stemming from friends and a whole lotta love from hundreds of mutts, pups, and well-bred dogs at the trade show MyDOG 2023. This collection of clips for Charlotte’s popular dog-friendly hotel site www.hundvanligahotell.se was shot using “Cinematic Mode” […]

Overdosing on Jellybeans

For the past several mornings, after what can only be fairly and squarely described as a breakfast for champions, I’ve unapologetically dipped deep down into the hotel’s jar of colorful jellybeans.There were Oreo’s, cupcakes and tiny marshmallows, but I abstained. Aside from the occasional chocolate treat, these days, I’m not much for sweets. My daily […]

Lars Olemyr’s Pre-Birthday Dinner at Tavolo

This is my Google review from Thursday’s pre-birthday dinner in Göteborg for old buddy Lars Olemyr’s upcoming 60th birthday. Even though Tavolo is probably one of Gothenburg’s largest restaurants, the atmosphere is nevertheless remarkably informal and cozy. Much thanks to how beautifully lit and thoughtfully decorated the enormous dining hall is. In a previous life, […]

My Dog 2023

From Bangkok to Göteborg is quite the distance. Charlotte and I are here in our old hometown to promote her dog friendly hotel site www.hundvanligahotell.se My assignment is to capture footage of some of the 9000 visiting dogs from the show floor for a reel. This is a frame grab from earlier today of an irresistibly […]

Resurfaced: Another Layer

Yesterday was emotional on many levels. Elle came over for dinner and she and I talked about her late uncle and godfather Tyko and how her generation is less stigmatizing about mental health. I feel fortunate and privileged to be surrounded by people that care about me. Many reached out to me yesterday and shared […]

Tyko Raboff 1967-2003

This post is essentially about mental health. Why such a tough subject so early in the new year, you might ask? Well, Today is the 20th anniversary of when brother Tyko Raboff decided he no longer wanted to live. It’s taken this long for me to publicly open up and share some of my thoughts […]