Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Troublemaker

The Troublemaker

This is Mikael Johansson. He was easy to spot with that hat and beard. MIkael is from Nyköping and was in Haninge for a family get-together. He used to work at SAAB Aerospace. He told me that he can be hard to get along with. Something his bosses at SAAB were well aware of. He doesn't work there any longer and spends most of his time with the family. He stays fit by roller-blading and cycling. Mr.Johansson isn't the gym type, and told me that he would rather carry furniture up and down from the attic a few times rather than go to the gym!

Friday, July 29, 2011

1956 Ford Fairlane

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

If I see a vintage car that I like I will always try to get a few shots. On this occasion it was a 1956 Ford Fairlane at a filling station in Handen. Luckily for me the owner, a truck driver from Skogås, had a few minutes, so he moved the car into the shade after I took the above photo and you can see the rest of the shots in the slideshow. He turned out to be a real car enthusiast and a former raggare. I mentioned two people I had met and photographed before, and he knew both of them. For some odd reason I didn't ask about his name, probably because I had decided to focus on the car. His aim with this car was to get it as close to the original as possible and that can be expensive. We talked a bit about the fact that 5000 vintage American cars are imported to Sweden every year, and that that has led to that many Americans now fly to Sweden to try and buy a few of them back.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Tourists

The Tourists

This is Renate and Erich. From Switzerland. I met them in Handen yesterday. They are out on a three week long bicycle holiday. They took the train to Copenhagen. From there they have travelled on their Swiss made Fateba bikes through Sweden. A bike like this is very good for your back, and these bikes will set you back around 4000 Euro. The couple have visited Malmö, Karlshamn, and Kalmar. Their latest stop was Sweden's biggest island, Gotland. When I met them they had pedalled from the ferry port in Nynäshamn, that's a 40 km ride, and were now heading to Stockholm, another 20 km. In Stockholm they are going to a big family get-together as Renate's sister is married to a Swedish man. This is my second Swiss bike couple of 2011. Earlier this summer I met Roland and Theresa.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Meanwhile,over at the old tree

The Future of Harness Racing?

That Old Tree

I decided that you probably wanted to see how the old tree was doing this summer. As I took my 248th photo of the Swedish Whitebeam, Josefin came riding up the path on the horse Mulstasvarten. Her family has owned the Mulsta Farm in Tungelsta (including the land surrounding the old tree), for three hundred years. As you can expect from a girl that has grown up at a horse farm, horses are her big hobby. But not just horseback riding. Josefin turned fifteen a while back and is now working hard to get her harness racing licence. When she gets it she will be able to compete in the Youth League. Back in March I met one of her horseback riding friends Anna-Carin not far from here. And on a sunny summer evening last year I met a few other people from her family at the old tree.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Rocker®

The Rocker®

I was at a filling station in Handen taking photos of a Ford Fairlane a while back when I heard this Harley drive up. It was Stefan, from Stockholm. He is a technician, and works at Com Hem. He was out riding with a friend. It was a very warm day today as you can see on his outfit. They were heading to Rosenhill, and a very popular biker cafe there. To get there they would drive a road nicknamed Slingerbulten. There's at least one motorcycle accident on that road every week, but Stefan told me that they were out cruising at a somewhat slower pace. Sure was a good day for that. I asked him if he had been to the big Harley meet at Gålö last summer. It rained most of that weekend, but Stefan had been there.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sofia Magdalena

Sofia Magdalena

Inspired by Lady Gaga

Sofia Magdalena was easy to spot. And fun to talk with. She is very girly, sometimes talks with a high pitched voice, and likes everything pink. She was very easy to photograph, and even suggested that we would meet again in a few weeks time when she had bleached her teeth and received her new pink eyeglasses! Sofia Magdalena is a hair dresser, but hasn't done the board certified test yet. At the moment she is attending a beauty school. I asked her if she had any fun hobbies. She told me that her number one hobby is her boyfriend (although he can be a bit grumpy sometimes). She might even marry him. I asked her about the way she dressed and she said she was very inspired by Lady Gaga. She figured they had the same body shape. After taking a few photos she gave me some grapes and we said goodbye.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Belgian Blues Man

The Belgian Blues Man

This is Steve van Pacht. I spotted him in Västerhaninge earlier this week. I told him that he was sitting on a wooden sculpture. The Rondo. Steve is from Belgium. He is married to a Swedish woman and has lived here for about one year. He doesn't talk any Swedish so he is having trouble getting a job. But this summer he has been busking in Stockholm. He plays a lot of blues and some Eric Clapton. He has travelled a bit. He lived in Marbella for a while. And for six years he was based in Bewdley, which is close to Birmingham. While living there he met Robert Plant and Steve told me that he has a photo where he is posing with the Led Zeppelin legend.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I notice things. And from my bicycle I spotted The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo close to a park in Handen. Her name is not Lisbeth Salander, but Sofia. She's from Tyresö, a neighbouring municipality to Haninge, although she has lived here in Handen for about one year now. I asked her if she had any plans for the future. She told me her recent difficulties with figuring out just that. She attended the media programme as a secondary school student because she enjoys photography. But there was so many other classes there that didn't interest her so she quit. Then she had an idea about becoming a hair dresser, so she started that programme. But after a while Sofia realised that it was the wrong move, so she quit that education as well. Third time's the charm so Sofia then decided that perhaps Business economics was something for her. So she started reading that, but again she could not finish that programme. But now with hindsight, she will probably go back and finish that programme. She bought a digital camera together with her mother, but haven't been able to use it much, as her mother also enjoys photography, so as soon as she gets enough money, a new camera is on her list of items to buy. Oh, and the cool tattoo cost her 5000 SEK.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Nigerian Nuns

Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy

I met two nuns earlier this week. This is Sister Veronica and Sister Lilian. They are from Nigeria. Both of them were invited to Sweden by the Bishop, Anders Arborelius. Veronica has been here for three years, and Lilian for four years. Their Swedish was quite good. I noticed them in Handen not far from the Catholic church, and decided to ask them for a portrait. We talked a bit about their work here in Sweden, and also about their religious habit. They either wear this blue dress or a white version. They don't know how long their stay here in Haninge will last. I told them about Sara, the priestess that I have photographed a few times. Lilian told me that she had met The Prince a few times. After this chat I took a few photos and showed them to the nuns and they looked happy with the result.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Ship's Carpenter


S/V Ariel

This is Johan Winkler. I met him at my favorite cafe in Handen yesterday. He is a wood-working carpenter who has specialised in carpentry for ships and boats. For the last ten years he has worked on the S/V Ariel, the beautiful old vessel on the second photo. The school ship is owned by the Haninge municipality. Every year a group of unemployed young people will get the opportunity to work aboard the ship. At the moment the vessel is on a two month long cruise. After talking some more about the ship with Johan, Henrik, the cafe owner decided that he wanted to rent the ship for his next birthday. Johan then asked me if I was that guy with the photo blog about Haninge. When I confessed to that, he told me that his girlfriend Maria Reje ( a very clever woman apparently), reads my blog on a daily basis. So that's when I decided that I should take a portrait of Johan, so that we could give Maria a surprise!

For more facts about S/V Ariel press here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Swedish Raggare

A Swedish Raggare

1971 Pontiac Le Mans Convertible

This is Göran Wester. He is one of Sweden's many Raggare. He joined that unique Swedish subculture in 1962 when he was sixteen years old, and has never left it. At the moment he drives a Pontiac LeMans Convertible. It was imported from the USA six years ago. Wester, as his friends call him bought it four years ago and he has done a lot of work on the car since. His aim is to get it back to the original condition, not counting the color as this Pontiac was once blue. The replaced retractable roof alone cost him 38.000 SEK. The new leather seating will be put in later this year. Wester attends most of the big car meets in Sweden including the one in Västerås, The Big Power Meet, which is the biggest American car show in the world. Next week he and the wife will drive down to another meet in Öland. And after that it's the big one in Rättvik. I will probably meet him again at the annual meet at Vegabaren later this summer.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Whisk and The Donkey

The Whisk and The Donkey

Walking out from the cultural centre I noticed two cute teenage girls a few meters from where I had parked my bike. So I decided to ask them for a portrait. This is Vispen (The Whisk ), and Åsnan, (The Donkey). They are enjoying the summer by hanging out with their friends. They told me that there's been a lot of sunbathing and swimming at Lake Rudan. So I guess it is possible that they know the tough girls I met at the Lake last year. I asked them to name something fun they had done. The Donkey told me about a concert she had seen with Ziggy Marley at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. The Whisk mentioned a family vacation to Crete. The story behind their nicknames are as follows. The Donkey has a laughter that sounds like, you guessed it, a donkey! The Whisks real name is Elvira and that sounds a bit like Elvisp which translates to whisk.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What´s up, dude?

What´s up, dude?

Profile of a Camel

Heading home on Saturday I had to stop at the soccer pitch in Tungelsta. There was a circus in town. Cirkus Wictoria, one of only five circus groups that still tour around the country was preparing a show. My eyes were drawn to the group of camels that were resting near the big circus tent. I think that these animals belong to a woman called Jessica Bengtsson. She comes from a big circus family. I didn't see the show. When my family still owned the greenhouses at Bergdalen we were sometimes asked if it would be OK if the circus elephants could rest on a big grassy area that we owned.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Steffe Vs. Steffe

Summer vs. Winter

July vs. July

I sometimes aim the camera the wrong way. And here's proof, in the form of two diptychs. The first one is Summer Vs. Winter. It shows a recent self portrait shot in a field belonging to the Nödesta farm. I took the winter snap in the same area on a cold day as I was heading for the old tree. Second diptych shows two summer portraits taken two years apart.I shot the canola portrait last week, also at the Nödesta farm. The other portrait is from the summer of 2009.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Danish Gardener

The Green Bed

This is Jens Rasmussen, one of the few remaining gardeners in Tungelsta. He owns a nursery called Åvalla, which he runs with his wife Kirsten. I met him at the greenhouse in the park a while back. He and a few other members from the local historical association were busy repairing and painting the greenhouse. Jens told me that he had a few things he wanted to show me, so I paid him a visit the following day. This is his green bed. As he posed for the photo in the greenhouse he apologised for not being a sexy babe in a bikini, but you can't have everything! The other thing he wanted me to see was two Geranium maderense plants he bought last year. They costed him 800 SEK each, and both plants promptly died within one month! This obviously upset the professional gardener so he decided to get some seeds from the plants and now, one year later he has several hundred plants in a few of his greenhouses. He wanted me to get some cultivation tips online which I now have done. I took two plants with me and gave them to my mother so now there are at least three gardeners in Tungelsta growing this plant. The third is Ingemar at Blomorado. Sadly Åvalla will close now as Jens has decided to retire. When Åvalla is gone there will be only five or six nurseries open in Tungelsta. Not a very high number considering that there has been more than 100 nurseries here since my great grandfather J.F. Jansson opened the first one back in 1909.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ahoy, matey!

Ahoy, matey!

In case anyone was unsure about it, here's proof. We have active pirates in Haninge. I don't know if they have a pirate ship, but I have seen a few valuable treasures here, like a expensive looking sports-car and one of those Hummers.

Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

No vacation blues

No vacation blues

This is Kim. She is holidaying at home this year. And doing it in style I think. I spotted her in Västerhaninge. When I told her that I wanted to take her photo she was very happy and pleased, and we started chatting about this and that. Kim told me that she has spent some of her holiday time at the beach. The same beach I visit every now and then. She 's also had time to hang out with her friends. She enjoys fashion, reading novels and going to the movies. When her vacation is over she will go back to her job as a nursing assistant.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Three recent photos

That Burger Place

How to Roll a Cigarette

Silver-washed Fritillary

Three very different photos. A familiar logo, this time fenced in for some reason. A young girl rolling a cigarette at a cafe. And a macro photo of a butterfly that seemed to like me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The girl in the white summer dress

The girl in the white summer dress

I checked out Nevena at a checkout counter in a grocery store a few days ago. As I walked out of the store two minutes later I saw her again, and decided to ask if I could take a portrait. Luckily for me she said yes. Nevena told me that she was heading to an island in the Haninge archipelago. It was a very warm and sunny day, so to me that sounded like a good plan. Nevena lives in Stockholm, but is heading for China soon, as she will start a six month long intern-ship at the Swedish Trade Council's office in Beijing. She speaks three languages, Swedish, Serbian and English, but she will try to learn Mandarin now.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Red Spider

1972 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider

A Steffe Reflection

Spotted this beauty in Handen. A 1972 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider. The owner thought it was the only one of it's kind in Sweden. He was a bit impressed as I recognised it as a Fiat, as most people think it is an Alfa Romeo. The building you can see in the reflection is the brand new vehicle inspection company that opened here in June and that's where the car was headed.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hiking In Paradise

Hiking In Paradise

This is Yankee and Nike, Josefin and Erik. They are out on a five day trek on the Sörmland Trail. I met them near Lake Rudan on Friday, and that was their next stop. It was a very warm day so they were planning to go for a cooling swim in one of the lakes. They started the hike at Björkhagen in Stockholm on Wednesday. Their goal is to walk to Paradise, or Paradiset in Swedish. It's a very popular destination for hikers. Josefin and Erik are from Stockholm, but they live in Linköping at the moment, where Erik is studying to become a psychologist. Josefin works as a teacher. As I am typing this they will be on their way home again.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Cadillac De Ville

Free Beer!

Cadillac De Ville

The Biggest American car show in the world is how the Big Meet in Västerås is described. This year around 17 000 cars from all over the world will be there. Including this 1960 Cadillac De Ville. The guys posing with the beer are three members of the Wermdö Rough Stuff club, which means that they are raggare. I noticed the car at the mall in Handen on Friday and walked over for a few photos. Not sure if this car will win the 2011 Jay Leno Car Award, but you never know. The guys were quite happy with the attention so they gave me two beers. Västerås is only one hours drive from Haninge, so as I'm typing this they have arrived and are probably partying as best they can!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Do the Zumba!

Do the Zumba!

This is Ida. She lives in Handen, and that's where I met her yesterday. She works at a kindergarten, or Dagis as we call it. Ida enjoys travelling. Two favorite countries are Greece and Spain. When she's home she will party and hangout with her friends. To stay fit for that she goes to the Najaden gym where she does Zumba training that involves dancing and aerobics. Sounds like fun.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Manhem then and now

Manhem is no more

Manhem Rebuilt

This property in Tungelsta is know as Manhem. The house was bought in 1937 by Otto Arrhenius, who was a gardener. Before that it was a farm here. My mother went to school with one of his daughters, Karen. My mother used to visit the house and she has told me that it was a peculiar house, with doors and rooms where you didn't expect them to be. Manhem has changed owners a few times over the years, and it also stood abandoned for some time. Then it was suddenly being renovated by a new owner who was planning to use it as a summer house. When the renovation was nearly finished, tragedy struck when a fire completely destroyed the house. I took the top photo some time after that fire. I took the second photo a couple of days ago. A new house resembling the old now stands on the same spot as the original house but at the moment no one lives here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Poladroid People

Babe of the Day


On Collision Course

I often shoot candid portraits. Either at events, or from a cafe table. Here are three recent ones that I like. The first one was funny. I noticed the smoking babe walking past the cafe, so I lifted the camera and started shooting. When she saw me I waved to her. She responded like a true celebrity and gave me the finger! You can see that photo if you press here. If you know anything about football you will recognise the guy on the second photo, although he is doing his best to stay incognito. It is Anders Limpar, one of Sweden's best ever players. I spotted him at a classic car meet earlier this summer. The third photo has a but if an illusion in it as it looks like the girl with the dog is about to collide with the cyclist, luckily that never happened. Oh, and before you say something, these are poladroids and not polaroids.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Winter Vs. Summer

Winter Vs. Summer

Time for another post in my Different Seasons series.The Winter half of the diptych is from Mid-December of 2010. The summer side from a few days ago. This is the stable at the Nödesta farm in Nedersta.

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Ramsdalen Farm

Farm Buildings

You will find the Ramsdalen Farm in Svartbäcken near the Tyresta National Park. Back in 1880 a farmer who worked at the big Vendelsö Farm bought the property known as Ramsdalens Gård. Back then there were a few buildings at the farm, and his family moved in to one of them. The building still stands today but the roof have collapsed. Sometime around 1910 the family lived in a new house across the road. A few decades after that a third house was built next to the second house, and that's where the current owner (from the same family),lives today. Sadly the rest of the farm has been abandoned since the 1970s, when the original farmers daughter Rut Hultström retired. She died in 1980s. In recent years the roof of the old barn have also collapsed. The last two winters have been tough on many old buildings but the 100-year old laundry barn still stands. I took a bike ride to the farm a while back. There are two lakes in the valley. Ramsjön and Svartsjön.From the tiny beach at lake Ramsjön you can take a short-cut through the forest to get to the gravel road that leads up to the farm, and that is what I did. The farm is situated on the top of the valley, so it is a steep climb. I noticed the owner out in the garden, so I said hello and we started to talk. I think he once was a famous wrestler, but we only talked about the farm. He has never been into farming, which is one reason for not saving the buildings. That will of course cost a lot of time and money. You can see some older photos from Ramsdalen here.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Medium, Shaman, Medicine Man and Punk Legend

Medium, Shaman, Medicine Man and Punk Legend

Reading from Ante's business card it says: Medium, Shaman, Medicine Man. Writer. Poet. Wheelchair Punker. Anarchist. Photographer. And a bit more. I met Ante Blomberg at the cafe yesterday. Back in the 1980s Ante became a frequent visitor to the legendary Ultra House in Handen. He was a singer in a punk band called Producerat Uppror. The punk band De Lyckliga Kompisarna (The Happy Friends), has written a song about Ante, you can watch it here. These days he reads tarot cards, and works as a Shaman. He told me that he saw his first ghost earlier this year. It wasn't anything he wanted to discuss further, but he has helped a lot of people who have had problems with ghosts, over the last few years. Oh, and he has a very unique tattoo. It depicts the Ultra House. You can see the photo if you press here.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Fully Charged?

Fully Charged?

Oh, yes, so we could be in for a long evening :-)

A meeting in the digital world, at least that is how the artist Klaus Appelt sees it. From the 2011 Art Promenade at the gallery in rural Österhaninge. The theme this year is Meetings. I think Klaus feels that online meetings are not as good as the ones IRL.

Friday, July 01, 2011

The Cucumber Spider

Cucumber spider

Theme Day. The color green. On the bike I suddenly noticed something green on one of my fingers. It was a cucumber spider. It turned out to be a very lazy spider because it stayed with me for a few kilometres!

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