Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Wedding Singer

A Beautiful Spring Day Kajsa Orange is the new Black
From the bike I spotted a girl wearing orange shades, black shoes, orange tights and a black skirt so obviously I had to stop and ask her if I could grab a portrait or two. This is Kajsa. She is studying Russian at the Stockholm University and lives in a student apartment in Handen. She loves singing, and is a member of a choir that often performs in churches. She sings at weddings and baptisms. She has never been to Russia, but has visited the Ukraine.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alexandra

Alexandra
The weather is now street portrait friendly again. This is Alexandra. I met her in Handen over the weekend. She lives at Enskededalen. She works as a cycling mail-man in Stockholm. Her route usually takes around three hours. She has a few tattoos and it was two of them that I noticed first. You can see part of them on a flickr photo. This portrait is made from several close-up photos shot with the 85mm lens. I wanted to put the focus in Alexandra's right eye.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Tattooist

The Tattooist
I have to admit to toying with the idea of getting a tattoo. Maybe a camera or something like that on my shoulder, but it is yet to happen. One reason is that tattooing is very addictive. It is hard to stop after that first ink job. At least that is what people with tattoos keep telling me. Anyway, heading home the other day I met Niklas. He will definitely stand out from a crowd, even at a tattoo convention. Niklas works as a tattooist at Tatueringskompaniet.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Rastaman

Dreadlocks Micke Dread
I spotted the Dreadlocks from far away and knew that I had to stop for a chat and take a portrait of the Rastaman. The last time Micke cut his hair was back in 1997. He lives his life in the Rastafari lifestyle. I have seen him before, he usually wears a big rasta hat. He lives in Jordbro and works for the municipality. Oh, and he washes his hair twice a week.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Harley Guys

The Harley Guys ASPES Fat Boy
We had the warmest day of the year so far today. I'm guessing around 15C. This is Linkan, (whom you have met here before), and his neighbour and friend Martin (Yellow Fat Boy). They took advantage of the great weather and took out their Harley's for a ride.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Munching Away

Munching Away
This Roe deer was busy eating windflowers when I spotted it a few minutes ago. Supposedly poisonous, but not if you are careful apparently.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Got Any Bread Crumbs?

Got Any Bread Crumbs? I was busy in the kitchen doing the dishes just now when I noticed a movement in the back garden. It was a blue tit (Blåmes), landing on a tree branch. It sat there for a while trying it's best to make me toss out some bread crumbs. Instead I fetched the camera.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Don't look at the ugly wooden bridge...

Don't look at the ugly wooden bridge... Hillside with inscription ...look at the hillside behind it. If you do you will notice a runic inscription that dates back to the Viking Age. It was discovered by Harry Runqvist back in 1964. It has been named Runmarsvreten. The inscription was probably carved by the runemaster Halvdan 1000 years ago. It reads ku...--- I...kuna + l(?)u + hakua + stain + þina + auk + buru + þ...-a + ib(?)............... sina. I don't think you can understand the runic alphabet so translated to English it says, Gunne had the stone made, and also the bridge. That bridge is long gone and the ugly bridge you see here is brand new! You can find the hillside along Dalarövägen in Handen.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Blue

Spring Blue
The green lawn in the park in Tungelsta is turning blue. In the background you can see the museum/cafe and the artwork that I have showed you before.

Monday, April 14, 2014

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
It was a bit windy today. Not very warm, maybe 11C when the sun was out. Arriving to the old tree I noticed heavy rain clouds in the distant and they made for a dramatic sky. I only had the 85mm lens with me so this is umpteen (38), photos stitched together.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Every picture has a story.

Bike Rack
There's always a story behind every photograph. I was meeting a friend at Poseidon's Square in Handen at noon today. I arrived on the Steel Horse fifteen minutes early, so after parking the bike I looked around for something, or someone to photograph. There was nothing that caught my eye on the square so I walked up the stairs, and there it was. Against a cement wall. A bike rack. Circle after circle. Made of steel. So I hunched down and started shooting with the 85mm lens and this was the result.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Searching for Spring

Greenery This tree clad area on a field near Hesslingby in rural Österhaninge is one of the places I will often go back to with the camera. This time I was hoping to see the trees turn green again, but it was too early for that.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Won't be long now

Vitsippa
Every Spring the grave field in Jordbro turns white for a couple of weeks when the wood anemone bloom. It hasn't happened yet, but I noticed the first anemone's today. It is a spectacular Spring scene, and I know that quite a few people will travel from faraway to see it. I will of course be back for an update in a few days time.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hot Wax Painting

artist Hot Wax Painting When I visited the art gallery in Österhaninge one of the artists,Marianne Kopamees showed me her latest technique. Hot Wax Painting. Or Encaustic painting. Art with the help of a iron.