Monks and sweeper

Monks-sweeper-001

Ayutthaya, Thailand.

 

From ashes to flesh to the bones I grew,

if I didn’t ad love to the stew,

then what would I do.

From bones to flesh to ashes I turned,

the soul on bended knees,

and I burned,

still, love remained.

Buddhist monk.

Buddhist monk in GBG.

Gothenburg, Sweden.

A thai buddhist monk in a buddhist temple in Gothenburg. This gentle man was very interested in photography and asked me many questions about my camera. At the time I did much more professional work so my camera was a brand new Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, a ginormous hunk of metal.

Why Photograph when traveling?

Ladies pose in Sukhothai

Sukhothai, Thailand.

Some cultures in the world believe that if you photograph them you take a piece of their soul with you.

If you allow me, I would like to exercise that idea a little bit.

As a photographer, when people look into your camera it feels the same as if your are directly having eye contact with them. Even though, that is technically impossible because the camera is in front of your face. Later when you come home and look at the pictures it looks like they are still having eye contact with you. They will forever have eye contact with whomever that views the photograph. If the person is sad or happy it will usually show…You can feel their sadness or happiness through the image. Could it be possible that the thing that once used to be called the ‘magic box’ and which today is called a camera captures something more than just light…? Probably not (sorry, to those of you that started to get excited). When we look at a picture of a sad person we probably project our own thoughts of a sad person on to that image and thats why we feel something. However, it is an interesting thought and I wanted to share it with you.

A lot of the emotions I talked about above are why I love taking pictures when I travel. The pictures I bring back with me makes me feel like I brought a piece of that place with me home. The two ladies in the picture above will forever look me into the eyes and dance for me…

Traveling and photography.

Travel and photography

Sukhothai, Thailand.

Travel and photography are almost becoming synonymous.

I have difficulty imagining anyone travelling anywhere and not taking pictures. Why not? We all want to keep our beautiful memories (and possibly brag on Facebook…I would never do such a thing but I’m just saying…).

In these high tech times smartphones has made us all photographers. Even the very few that usually didn’t want to bring cameras when they travelled have no more excuses. Sometimes, it has happened that I travel just to photograph. I get a lot of complaints from my beloved and patient wife but I love photographing so much that it is uncontrollable. I love how it feels like the images from our trip prolong our journey. When I come home and start editing my pictures all the memories comes back to me. Although arguably, I do not think that images portray reality in a very good way. Memories fade, yes, and pictures are static and two dimensional so they last as objects. However, pictures are an abstract construct, forever ambiguous and with time they get more and more abstract and disconnected from reality. For now, photographs are the best we have to help us keep our memories in a shoe box or a photo album but perhaps in the future, with the help of technology, we will have better options.

Everybody has their own reason for why they take pictures on their journeys. Some people sell images on stock, some publish books, some have exhibitions and some just like to collect pieces of the world like I do.

If you like travelling and photography please leave a comment and explain why you like to photograph while you travel. Can you imagine not bringing a camera on you next journey?

Lady and the Mekong river.

lady and mekong

Vientiane, Laos.

What would street photography be without people…?

For me, it’s all about the people. I need people in my photos and if I don’t I get bored. Even when I’m photographing a sunset in south-east Asia I want someone to be in my picture. If you go to my website you will see that 99% of the photos that I choose for my collections always have people in them. I think it makes pictures more interesting and more easily relatable when people are ‘dancing’ in them. If you talk to a lot of photographers that are interested in making music or dance as well as taking pictures they will tell you how closely related photography is to music and dance.

That’s why I always would like to have people in beautiful movements in my pictures, like a dance, or like they are moving ‘on beat’ with the rest of the geometry of the image. For me, a photograph is like a poem without words but instead of words the image touches us with geometric compositions, shadow and light, color… Just like how important it is to include or not include some words in your poem to make it more impactful in a similar way it is absolutely crucial what you choose to include or not include in your images. It works the same with music. The silence in a song and its timing is equally important as the sounds that make up the song…

Of course, you also have to be in a certain mood when you photograph the streets. You have to play a song inside you. You have to feel it…It’s almost like falling in love…