Monthly Archives: March 2013

Landskonkurransen 2013 – happy nr 8!

Okay, so the result is official – I placed 8th!
For this competition, 163 photographers entered with a total of 673 photographs.  3 of mine reached 70 points or more, thus counting for the overall place, which in 2013 was 8! Included here were 2 honorable mention (70 p and 74 p, and 1 bronze (83 p).
For the first time the jury were viewing digital files, and I am sure this was challenging both for jury and photographers…when I discussed with myself (and a selected few) which photos to enter, several were rejected because of digital noise/faults, so following this I will pay even more attention to my files in editing.
Congratulations to the winner, Jens Edgar Haugen, who won for the 4th year in a row! Outstanding!
Finally, here are my photographs


And, this one was rejected, getting 69 points (one point from honorable mention).


miss pink

My daughter aged 4 did not mind being painted pink…I guess it was close to a dream! However, when all the paint was on, and myself ready to shoot, her patience was somewhat over …but these are some examples of what came to life.
(ps! she might loved being painted, but getting it off was not her favorite activity:-))



John Andre Aasen //


Together with stylist Nina Tårnes and Ingrid as model, I made a day trip to Hegra where we had found an old school, now a museum.
The classroom itself was quite full of antique stuff that could not be easily moved around, and thus a difficult scene to light properly. However, ideas came along and this is what it lead to.



Having seen the first episode of the HBO production “The Witness” (featuring Eros Hoagland) I am not only inspired but in awe of what is possible to do with your camera. I know I will never have the same opportunity or guts to follow his footsteps, although I can almost sense that maybe this was what I was meant to do… Documenting these lives and deaths and what he feels and experiences is not only frightening but also highly meaningful. Because, how often does meaning, moral and deeper level of human conflicts play a part of everyday photography in Norway?? Never, or close to…how can that be changed?
Recommended viewing!

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soul of photography

Having seen the movie “ONCE” (again – I have seen it a couple of times before), I am again inspired to do more of the “simple” photography that is probably more true to heart than trying to be more advanced…this might be hard to explain, but to give an analogy: I am a huge fan of the “Dark Knight” trilogy…even so, the movie “Once” captivates me in a much more personal way, grabbing hold of my soul. No effort is made trying to create an artistic light, and there is plenty of noise. Hand held of course, and from an amateurs’ viewpoint, it may look like the only act of planning when it came to the filming was the cutting of the film. And it cost virtually nothing to make!
In contrast, The Dark Knight has everything: Spectacular effects, superb light, HQ filming and so on…and, it cost quite a few times more to make. But does The Dark Knight really have a soulful presence?
What is my point?
The point is this, translated to photography: Yes, I admire Joel Grimes, Tim Tadder, Calvin Hollywood, Jens Haugen and other modern artistic photographers, blending their photography skills with post-production masterclass level. Lately, however, I am more mesmerized by the simple portraits; spotlessly aimed at finding the perfect moment, the one expression captured at the right time and can never again be reproduced.

Some examples are listed in this article….(with references to artists like Nicolas Guerin, Robert Doisneau, Steve McCurry and Irving Penn – and there are plenty of others to be inspired by of course)

Defining SOUL:

1. the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
2. the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come: arguing the immortality of the soul.
3. the disembodied spirit of a deceased person: He feared the soul of the deceased would haunt him.
4. the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments.
5. a human being; person.


Okay, so I did not have the same success as last year, claiming a 3. place in Fashion. But still, one has to be happy with 4 nominations in two different categories. This is a huge international competition with close to 9000 photos competing, and many big names in photography participate each year.
Thanks to everyone involved in creating these photos!!


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lady sunset


My shutterblock is over and I finally got around to establish a blog I can actually use and handle effectively.
Here is a little something from my last experience with my Canon 5D mark ii…


lady sunset

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Last week I had the pleasure of working with Fredrikke, a model at Trend in Trondheim. Originally the idea was to try out the swim hat and silver painting, which we did, but the stylist Lotte Aalberg Kalvø also wanted to try different things.
So before we covered Fredrikke in silver, she tried a few outfits and got used to my style.
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