“The Huldra was supposed to be a breath taking beauty, sometimes a naked woman, inhabitant of the deep forests. On the other hand, in Norway she has been described as a common dairymaid or as a typical farm girl, although still prettier than the average girls.
In some traditions, the Huldra likes to lure men into the forest for having sex with them, often killing those who doesn’t satisfy her. The Norwegian Huldra may simply just kidnap the man and taking him to an underworld. She sometimes stole human infants and replaced them with her own ugly huldrebarn. Some fairly tales relate how some Huldras got to marry humans, losing her tail, but not her looks, and living happily ever after. However, if badly treated, or betrayed, the Huldra could punish severely, as in one case from Sigdal, when she avenged her pride on a young guy she had sworn to marry, on the promise that he would not tell anybody of her. The boy instead bragged about his bride for a year, and when they met again, she beat him around the ears with her cow’s tail. He lost his hearing and his wits for the rest of his life.”
In November, it was my first time visiting the city of Paris.
The air of classic swagger was compelling more than repulsing, the streets were filled with bodies of humble and outrageous type, but a pleasurable mix in the right culture. I immediately grew fond of this naturalistic presentation of Paris it felt timely and charming. Staying in a side street hotel was representative of a different era, which should always be a welcomed thing. Paris seemed to be indulged in a manner of modernisation within the past.
Of course, to visit Paris, was to visit the Eiffel Tower.
With my girlfriend, her Nikon D700 on my shoulder, and becoming progressively of thought of the people around me, I went on to photograph. The slideshow shows my interest in this group of tourists. Obviously there for the same reason as I, I became interested in there travelling community. Snaking through the queue, and getting opportunities to photograph, I got my shots. Being able to use such a high ISO meant being unobtrusive and simply integrating within the public, no flash, no attention.
Not usually working in this way, it felt good not to have the pressure of normally working this way, I could document how I wanted to. I got some other shots of the trip to the Eiffel, but my interest lay with this selective of tourists.
These photographs are from my new practice, which I like to call ‘Dark Practice’. Very simple.
Although I have shot like this before, I’m starting to refine it as my main practice.
These two photos are the last two frames of a 120 film, shot differently to how I have been shooting this work. Now using a different camera (using a Fuji 6×7 III previously, now a Mamiya RZ67) with the ability to multi-expose and a revolving back. So I decided to shot these a little more abstract, changing from landscape to portrait. Also previously to this 120 film I shot with a long exposure, this film was experimenting multiple exposure (perhaps a bit redundant at night).
Image on the left is of a sandbank and behind it is the sea. Image on the right is from the (closed) observatory, which is located on the beach, and the image is the tide breaking onto the beach.
During a month stay in Norway in Summer (2010), my girlfriend’s father took us on a road trip for a couple of days. The trip started out from Bergen, their hometown, and we headed east. Equipped with a cheap Halina panoramic camera (99p from eBay) and my beloved (now retired) Yashica Mat TLR. The Halina acted as a snapshot shooter, and the Yashica as my landscape shooter.
The photos don’t depict the greatness of these lands, but representation is the closest I can give.
I look forward to every chance I get to return to Norway.
Been checking out this blog from a girl in Japan, I think her work is simply brilliant.
Plus, the amount of effort she puts in (“Today’s Levitation” – nearly a photo a day) shows how much she enjoys it.
Check out her blog and enjoy looking through the collective of cat photos and levitations. Makes for a satisfying procrastination.
(Also, I think it’s important to highlight the Japanese artists who have survived the recent disaster and show support)
Ok, so this hopefully will be the third and final time of getting my blog going.
I’m gonna be putting up some photography soon, and some other pieces of things to keep myself interested in what I like.