Columbus

I have been to Italy before. Yet the cities I have been visiting this summer so far have been new and different for me (special thanks to W). Today’s city of choice is the birthplace of one of the most iconic navigators who by accident found the new world on the other side of the planet. Talking about pure luck.

I don’t want to go here into today’s politics and the most worrisome climate we are living in. Maybe that is something for a later blog post (I must admit it is scary to find military in the day to day cityscape around Europe where I grew up). So back to Christoffer Columbus and his birthplace, Genoa. If our young Italian explorer would not have reached the shores of the New World in 1492, the world as we know it today may have been completely different and this other company founded 400 years later, located in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio would not have been the favorite casual wear of my model of today (again). No hidden sponsorship, just the travel kit of K.

Thank you, Christoffer, for taking the time to sail the wrong way, and put things in motion.

I chickened out and used B&W as my easy way out …

On a completly different note, the images shot here are both the “long exposure” kind without any serious editing (no HDR bracketing as I only can use the .jpeg of the series in my new self enforced back to basics workflow) and guess what, Stefan is exploring this one as well as part of his craftsmanship journey over at stuckinplastic

I am sure we will exchange some notes on the topic.

Here is the color attempt of a single jpg. I will see if I can get better results out of the full blown bracketed RAW series

Juventus

The second stop in our little cultural roadtrip is the city of slow food, the original capital of Italy, the home to the House of Savoy, the birthplace of FIAT, the precious guardian of the shroud, and last but not least the hometown of IFK Juventus.

 

Offcourse we had to stop at this temple of the human body, the celebration of running after a ball to just kick it away. 


Just as their T-shirts says. Ambition. It is a matter of black and white.

And no. I will not go into detail on the two hour shopping experience of trying out new shoes inside the Juventus store and walking out with a simple silly T shirt. 
No comment. 

Next destination …

Walldorf

The first stop on our little summer road trip this year is a little romantic city just outside Walldorf.

A most beautiful university city I want to revisit next time I may have to travel to the center of the SAP universe in Walldorf. A most symbolic overnight stop (many more to come these two weeks) in an idyllic city as I have to refind my workflow. This is my first ever longer roadtrip I travel without a full fledge laptop. A roadtrip I will try to optimize my digital workflow from viewfinder to blogpost by using my iPad as my main digital workstation while on the road. 

The last few years my workflow has become to top heavy, and the fun of getting a quick post out had disappeared. This year I will try to change that flow, and what better city to start this in as Heidelberg. 

Wonder Saga

You know who you are.

It was amazing to create this one for you.

Wonder Saga, the world is yours, unlock the challenges ahead, there are no limits. Only red balloons to take you to the next level.

B.

Breakfast

I woke up this morning with a little guest having breakfast after a long party last night. I could not resist in taking a quick snapshot, before waving him goodbye

Enjoy the (longish) weekend!

The Assistant

We are having a small little project running. A project that involves some football teams, a few strobes, and an assistant.

And this is what happens when you have a little break …

Special thanks to Birk for keeping all the gear dry and do some jumping jack flash shooting.

Love

I did not post here last week.
Did I fail my mission ?
I don’t think so.
I have been pretty busy with my creative self on the other side.
The plastic side.
A side I love passionately.
A site that needed some TLC.

If you want to know more, do head over to Stuck In Plastic (the most ever awesome creative plastic collective you will bump into in this Milky Way) and catch up on my posts over there.

I love plastic and I was happy to bump into Woody and Jessie at the end of the rainbow with that other love of my life at my side this weekend.
I can’t wait to follow their plastic adventures here on our little blog and at Stuck In Plastic …

Love it is. Puss Puss.

B.

Home

January is pretty hectic.

I am just returning from a visit to Granada (15˚ C) and here I am already packing again to hit the road to Brussels. It was a short and sweet stop over at this little beautiful place called home. A little bit chilly with minus 4˚ in the sun, but nevertheless stunningly beautiful. Pale blue skies, white snow covering the lands, warm sunlight and ice turning the water into mysterious arctic blue patterns across the archipelago.

I did not had much time to get out and shoot plastic or new places, but I could not resist to take the hot air balloon for a little spin into memory lane.

Rindö in the middle of the Stockholm Archipelago
Home Sweet Home – clicking the image will give you a full view on the island of Rindö, Vaxholm

Photo 3 in my ongoing little promise is posted. A post in the Places category. A special place called home.

Now it is time to catch a plane.

Neunundneunzig Luftballons

Last week I made a promise. A promise to post one new image here every week. An image in one of my four creative Peas of Photography:

Plastic, People, Places and Projects.

The whole week I have been thinking which P to take. Bring on the pressure with a portrait image in the People category, or be save with another great shot of Woody in the Hot Tub (which falls fully in the Plastic category).

Selecting an image is not easy.

Shot from one of the 99 hot air balloons just passing by ….

Complicated

When @Jack said it was complicated last year (on my birthday nonetheless), it resonated with me. Twenty sixteen for sure was a complicated one. A year that will be remembered as the year Donald Trump won the elections in the UsofA. The year that the UK decided to leave the EU and make a Brexit.  A year with continued violence and acts of madness. A year full of tribal fears around the globe (Philippines, China, Russia … to name just a few). A most complicated year, where we had to say goodbye to some very creative people and iconic history makers. A rogue year.

On a much more individual, creative level, twenty sixteen was equally complicated for me and I got more than once stuck in a creative gridlock. When twenty fifteen was about to close, I made my own little creative to do list. A smaller list around my own Four Peas or short 4P in Photography. Not the classic 4Ps of Marketing, but the 4 Photographic areas I wanted to improve in.

People, Places, Plastic and Projects.

I on purpose did not write about it, as I did not want to make any new years resolution as outlined two years ago, and then fail to deliver.  I had hoped to deliver on it and then write the 4P post a little later. It did not happen. I did shoot in my 4P areas, but did not push through in finishing them off and share them consistently with you.

With twenty seventeen freshly started, it is time to take a new approach, make some new years resolutions and then follow through on them.

Doing a 365 photo challenge is nothing for me, and doing one post a month (my lofty promise from October) also did not work that well.

So here is my promise to self.

I will post once a week, here on my little photo blog a new work I did not share with you before (at least not here). A work that fits in one of my Four Peas.

Not complicated.

Actually, pretty simple.

A Happy Twenty Seventeen !

Crossroads
You will be seeing more of Woody and Jessie in my plastic adventure categories in 2017 (clicking the image should take you straight to my portfolio site and show you some other work featuring Woody)