Strangers

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June 2013, Washington D.C. I rarely stop strangers to ask for a portrait. But back in 2013, I spent some illuminating weeks with photographers in the area – the guys at Strata Collective, Diriki Rice and John Nelson – learning about their practice, and was encouraged to step out of my shell. That time in DC remains one of the highlights of the last few years: for the fellowship, the broadening of horizons, and catching up with my very old friend Carmen, who put me up for the 3 weeks I was in town. I stopped many strangers in that time, and often find myself thinking of the people I asked for a portrait. There was Shaun, below: I was hanging around a corner in Washington DC’s Chinatown, when she walked by with …

Iron

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When I snapped this photo back in 2013 in Frederiksborg Slot, it was because I couldn’t resist the analogy of knights and shining armor begging to be made (and the light falling on both was beautiful). But our lives aren’t half as burdened as those who live in distress, and/or fight in enough metal to construct a car with. The thing that was probably going through my head at the time of this shot, having used nothing but a 50mm for over a year, would have been “gee, things look weird in wide angle.” Photo: Fuji X-Pro 1, XF 18mm f2

Bridge to Sweden

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Borderless crossings between the countries belonging to Schengen, remain a novelty to me. It is a source of fascination that I can catch a train between Denmark and Sweden, or make a short gander into France, from Germany, to have lunch (as happened a couple of weeks ago), without having my passport checked or going through customs. Long may we build bridges across borders. In the picture: The bridge that spans Øresund, between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden. From Amager Strandpark, Copenhagen, Denmark EXIF: Fujifilm X-Pro 1, 35mm f1.4 | 1/3500 sec, f8, ISO 400  

Song and Sustenance: A new direction for the X-Pro 1

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Remember how I said I owned 3 cameras in the last post? Well, I don’t anymore. My battered old X-Pro 1 is getting a new lease on life, after having scoured the streets of many a city, and survived collisions with floors, roads, walls and a multitude of other surfaces. It is moving on to gentler hands, and new purpose: A musical food blog. My friend Laia, a music agent, DJ, and food enthusiast based in Copenhagen, is combining her love of music and good cooking in Beats and Bites. She needed a decent camera to make pictures of her food with, and loved the X-Pro 1 at first contact. That dewy-dream-eye us photographers get when confronted with a longed-for bit of gear? That was what happened after she touched the camera for the first time. It’s doing well in her …

To all the Fujis I’ve loved before: X-Pro 1, X-T1, X-T10, X-E2

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I’ve owned three Fuji X-series cameras since I made the switch from a DSLR kit three years ago, and have enjoyed them all. Going mirrorless has been a good move for someone who has to drag all her stuff around with her everywhere she goes. Using Fuji has meant owning a tough, lightweight kit that delivers pro quality images. X-Pro 1 I bought the X-Pro 1 with the XF 35mm f1.4 lens in June 2012, and this is the camera that’s been on the most adventures and withstood the most abuse of them all. Read about it here. The X-Pro 1 was the first Fuji X-series camera I ever used, and I still love how simple it is: One dial for shutter speed, another for exposure value, a function button for ISO, and …

Interior, Maroc

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In Morocco, I saw insides. Flemming and I spent two weeks in Tangier and Fes in 2013. I had three good days of walking around before getting a bad stomach. To help things along, I then sprained an ankle upon arriving in Fes. Exploring its labyrinthine medina suddenly didn’t seem like a great idea. But I got a lot of reading done, and drank a lot of mint tea while lazing around the exquisite dar that was our home for that time. It is a comfortable and very beautiful abode, with a host who showed us every kindness he could think of to offer. To pass time in the evenings, we made photos of each other, lost in the mosaic. It feels like a very long time ago that the photo above was taken. The last …

The Fog

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Fog is not something I’ve often seen in Perth. It was a different season when this photo was taken, from the scorching summer that is present reality. Part of the Suburbia project.

Georg(e) the Danish Bicycle

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July 2014 This year’s Copenhagen photo project didn’t involve any headless aliens. It was instead, all about a red bicycle. Georg(e) is his name, and he was waiting for me when I arrived in Copenhagen on the 1st of July. George is the color of Dannebrog, the Danish flag, and he has carried all the men in Flemming‘s family at one point or another throughout his 20-odd years.