Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Globetrotter

All the way from South America

If you see someone with a camera at Krigslida chances are that it's me photographing smiling joggers or weird machines. So when I spotted this guy out shooting, I zoomed in on him to see who he was. This is Magnus. He grew up here but moved away when he was eighteen. Today he was back to see what had changed. And he has travelled quite a bit. All the way from São Paulo in Brazil. Magnus works for Ericsson and has been living abroad for around five years. After the summer holidays he will go back to South America, but then he will probably move to Santiago, Chile where he was stationed before, and that's also where his girlfriend lives. It's a great life he told me. He has been able to visit a few interesting places like Easter Island. Before South America he was based in South Africa and he has also worked in the USA, so he is quite the globetrotter. He told me that it was a strange feeling walking around here compared to the crowded cities in Chile and Brazil and that he felt that people here were staring at him when he walked around with his camera aiming it to all the familiar places from his youth. I didn't have a notebook on me today but when I saw a woman in her garden looking at us I walked over and got some writing paper from her.

9 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

I think it's human to feel a bit of envy for a life like this. Very good portrait of a very lucky guy in search of his roots.

Abe Lincoln said...

I think it is nice to be a globetrotter like this. He is young and will remember these days when he is old, on oxygen and feeble.

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Cristóbal said...

Vogon Poet, we call that here "healthy envy" (envidia sana).

I get more or less the same stares when I go around taking photographs, so I understand him more or less.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Globe trotter...yup, that is a good title, and he seems like a very happy Globetrotter!

Lois said...

What a lucky fellow!

brattcat said...

So interesting, the choices we make, the way we build our lives, the form those lives take. I think he will have no regrets if he ever looks back for more than a moment. You've captured that, Steffe. Well done.

Jacob said...

Another great portrait and again, it is nice to meet a fine gentleman who is living his dream!

Eamon said...

Like minds, eh?

Don and Krise said...

I tend to do the same thing. I have gone back and visited my old neighborhoods and photographed them. Someday they'll end up on here too.