Inbetween days

When life flow like water between your fingers. Seems like a waste of time, nothing to catch.

But you are wrong. Can’t you feel the smooth nice feeling in your hands when the water runs through fingers and touch your skin.

Life is everywhere and never bored of being so. You just need to discover the details that make it.

Blinded and killed by the superfluous. Dreaming of entertainment to excite you and feel good. Everybody hunting the need to feel great to be real.

Reclaim the speed of life. Wait, wait… wait. Watch, listen, smell. Can you feel it. It’s life.

It’s happening again. Don’t try to catch it. Let it flow, slow down, open your mind and it will catch you.

it’s happening again

 

It will never be any better than you make it

It’s the most simple truth and fact. Boring is about nothing but making it so. Not the most fun may be true, but it will definitely never ever be more fun than you make it. Strangely it’s very easy to make it worse.

Where does happiness comes from?

All you need is to be aware and accept the rules of life and how life affects you. And how your own attitude to life affects yourself and your surrounding.

What goes around comes around.

Curiosity never killed the cat. It made it experienced and stronger. Failure is for pessimists. Optimists see it as a challenge to make it better. Boredom is for pessimists. Optimists see it as time to be mindful.

Either we find a solution, or we make a solution.

We need to be curious of what will happen next and what will happen if we do this or that. We need to love what we do, and not just do what we love.

We need to create our life.

My guardian angel in life is made of sarcasm, the good in the bad, mysteries, loads of cheap humour and inexhaustible curiosity. I like to cope to infiltrate the ordinary and make it mine.

Make my day

I’m bored from time to time, just like everybody else. I’m not immune to boredom. And I’m often restless. You won’t need what you don’t have to create and make things better than worse.

Don’t play dead to ignore life.

What Instagram made me understand about photography

I just got a feeling that I needed to write a statement that I want to share with you.

#whippet #dog #eyes

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From my point of view looking at myself as a photographer. Here are six things I like a lot about Instagram.

1. Don’t be so fucking ambitious and serious. Have fun and share.
2. Pros and happy amateurs participate equal side by side and share what they believe is good enough in one or another way without judging more than like it or not, follow and maybe a very short comment.
3. Moods and feelings and the photography itself in focus.
4. The lack of exaggerated and square headed criticism, technical hypocrisy and smart alecks.
5. Probably the best place to share more personal and experimental photography without bad feelings of not good enough. This is a very natural place for photographic brainstorming and catch the taste of yourself.
6. You can’t pay to get more, be more or get privileged advantages. It’s free, both to get and how to use. Famous or unknown, equal circumstances for anyone (of course easier to get likes and followers if your person is well known from the beginning).

#rain

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When it comes to me myself and I. Before Instagram I used to be way too ambitious and serious for my own best. Trapped inside an imaginary identity of me as a photographer.

I spent endless loads of time and energy in finding those perfect views and endless time of post processing trying to make those maximum perfect photos, in every pixel.

#sunset #shadow #nature #dog

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It wasn’t me. It was someone else who made my work. Somewhere I slowly started to become someone who saw my work through others expectations.

I wasn’t there. It didn’t work very well either. Only time consuming disappointment and feelings of not good enough. I lost myself somewhere along the road.

#sun #dark #contrast #parasol #sunshade

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I got bored of photography. I got bored of fiddling with computers and software. I almost began to hate everything that had to do with photography. Except making personal photos just for fun and documenting family happenings.

Shortly after I got my first iPhone I discovered that the camera in it was actually quite good. So I started to use it more and more.

#moon #evening #sorcerer #sky

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I have always been a bit late in the go with the flow. So Instagram was no obvious choice in the beginning. It took a while before my curiosity made me open up. And when it happened. I found a wonderful new and fun world of making and sharing photography.

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In the beginning I used the filters within Instagram a lot, but after a while the little nerd of control in me wanted more control of the post process. In the beginning I used Camera+ but then came Snapseed and ever since the only photo editor I use. Although nothing wrong with using the Instagram filters, they do a great job making nice moods.

#meadow #forrest #sun #sunset #glade

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I love the laid back attitude of Instagram and how it affects your mindset. The simple straightforward way of sharing and participate and interacting with yourself is a huge relief.

In one way, I could easily say that Instagram saved my life as a photographer. It made photography fun again and it made me find myself, what I really wanted to do and how to do it.

That makes Instagram a kind of inner guiding teacher.

#water #waterdrops #puddle #reflection #silhouette

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Addicted

I can’t stop making photos. It’s itching inside my head constantly. Sometimes I scratch myself with making photography just to get rid of the itch. I see poetry and art everywhere wherever I am.

The world have definitely changed a lot since I reloaded my life with a camera again. I see the world in two ways at the same time now – the ordinary, and the extraordinary. I really love my new world, it makes it more of everything.

And I need to make photos of this world. No matter how insignificant it may look for others. That’s not my problem if others don’t see and feel what I do. I live here and make photos of it. That’s it.

And when I’m not making photos with my Fuji X100T or iPhone7, I post process my photography with Snapseed on my iPad. Which is just as exciting and fun as shooting.

Sometimes it’s in this digital darkroom the real magic occurs. Where you see and develop the secrets hidden in the ordinary boring daylight. Or more likely – what you saw and see, feel and felt inside and beyond the daily common granted grey.

Photography is full of possibilities.

 

The enemy of good

… is someone of yourself who think too much about you.

It happens to me all the time.

I really love my Fuji X100T. But honestly – this camera is much better than I need it to be. At the same time, ok… It’s nice to have a camera that is capable of more than you need. It gives you more space to play with possibilities.

The problem is not owning a camera that is better and more expensive than you need. The problem is your mindset. It’s way too easy to get caught in some kind of imaginary pro mode. Affected by an enforced feeling to level up the whole process to make things as perfect as possible.

The better the circumstances are, the more and better we want and the more distracted by flaws we get.

What is perfect? What makes one thing more perfect than another? And for whom?

Nowadays digital cameras generally produce image quality that is so close to perfect that it needs to be imperfect to feel alive.

The more you stare the more you dissect and get distracted by technical details. Obsessed with making Frankensteins monsters and forget the importance of soul. It looks well made technically, but the soul is dissected and disconnected.

It’s awful simple to get stuck in the hunt for technical perfection and almost feel guilty of a crime if you don’t make use of the maximum possible advantage that your hard and software is capable of to perform, and catch this perfection. Afraid of failure.

The technical maximum high quality preservation of the original information that the camera or the editing tool you are using are capable of. Is not the same as the quality within the photography itself.

But I have to admit. I often find myself being way to careful with my photos during the post process. I would actually like to challenge my thoughts about perfectly good enough more often than I do and screw things up a little more.

Alien drive

I think one major problem here is your imaginary thoughts of what other people think about your photography when you make them. – You have a superior camera and high end photo editor software, and this is what you get?

And that we compare ourselves with others too much.

I think we all to often deal with too much worries and doubts about what we are doing.

This is a ghost. Don’t try to please others – find out what pleases you to pleas others. If other people happens to like what you’re doing, then you have found a nice roadmap how to both express and attract. But don’t expect it.

Never give up. Do what you feel is you and continue to deliver, explore and develop your way.

This is a self exploring therapy journey we need to go through and accept if we want to do what we like and like what we do. A travel we do until we die. In one in another way.

A nice workaround to deal with this anxiety is to be more rough when shooting and make more experimental photography. Not purposely shitty photos, but with the same mindset just to make you less serious. Lower your guard and let the child in you enter the scene.

Don’t get stuck in feelings of lack of nice conditions. Make it a reason to conquer the conditions. Try to create fascination out of the ordinary, almost boring.

Don’t get stuck in boring results out of your camera. Make it a reason to find something. Your soul, not according to what you think other people think. The soul is everywhere but looks and feels different for everyone.

Many of those photos will probably give you a lot more fun while post precessing them than the more regular and better shots. This is a nice way to explore possibilities and develop personality in your photography. With photos like this you will be less careful and willing to experiment more without distraction of any level of technical quality. This is pure mood mode. This will crossbreed your attitude towards your photography. And make you more laid back.

Finding the beauty and the drama in the seemingly daily grey and boring around the corner is a satisfying challenge to aim at. To create something out of barely nothing where you are with what you have.

One of the best cameras to use for assignments like this is probably your smartphone (the majority of the photos in this post is made with an iPhone7 and post processed with Snapseed). For some reason we lower our guard when shooting with our smartphones, just snap and don’t think too much more than just catching the moment.

If you ever made photos as a kid, try to imagine and revive to be there again. Otherwise, just try to imagine and revive the uncomplicated conditions needed to make fun.

After I bought my Fuji X100T I rarely used my iPhone as camera any longer. Thats sad. So I decided to make use of it more often again. Much just because it’s effect on my mindset. It’s just so ridiculous easy to just shoot it. And you don’t care so much.

You have probably heard of the mantra cliche that the best camera is the one you have with you. That’s true. Any camera is best, the one you choose to almost always have at hand, not which brand or model.

When I bought my Fuji camera I decided to start bring it with me as often as possible just to make it an automatic behaviour. But soon I found that this was wrong choice. I was thinking too much photography for the sake of making photography.

It isn’t the need of your best camera at hand that is important. It is the most simple and easy mindset that triggers and make you shoot whenever whatever and develop your intuitive photographic behaviour.

If you want to explore and develop you intuitive photographic behaviour. I think you really need those moments in the making of photography when you care less and make the process almost unnoticeable simple. Just like breathing.

I’m quite sure that using your smartphone as camera more often makes you a more personal and better photographer. And not being so loyal to hi-tech quality regardless of what you use.

Work that body

We need to work our bodies. Our bodies needs movement that challenge us on regular basis. At least it’s what I think we need a lot of. Probably a little more and/or harder than we think we need and is enough.

I’m kind of irregular intermittent in my training. Once I was more or less addicted by training and was at the gym or outdoors almost every day for years. Fortunately I found a good concept of balance in this addiction.

Workout addiction can easily become an slowly damaging lifestyle. And I was probably on the edge from time to time.

The Art of body and mind

Nowadays I have slowed down my training amount radically. Still play rough and intensive when into it, but not that often. At some point training can be contra productive. When we get older for example, our bodies recover slower and need more time to rebuild and strengthen us. This means that less is more.

I’m going 51 this year. But I have no problems doing almost same things as when I was 25. Actually I wasn’t doing any workout when I was 25, so I’m actually better.

Speedskating. Fast and smooth, I Löve that feeling

Except for biking or walking a lot I didn’t began to workout more seriously until I was 30. Back then it was inline speedskating (still happens sometimes). But it wasn’t until about 10 years later I began to train really hard, at 40, when I was practicing Shaolin Kung Fu and Sanshou/Sanda, kind of Chinese version of kickboxing. A very nice experience that lasted for about five years.

This kind of martial art form is indeed very demanding and time wasn’t on my side later on, so I felt forced to quit. After a short time out from training I began trail running instead – hundreds of miles for a couple of years. But finally I got bored of just running. I began to climb in the trees, lifting and throwing things I found and other stuff outdoor instead.

Then I got fed up with always getting wet, cold and dirty. Always loads of training clothes in the laundry and even if I had several pair of shoes they never dried up completely in between (it wasn’t always as in the photo up there).

I found myself a gym and got introduced to kettlebells. Then I got involved in boxingclasses (actually based on the real stuff) and soon the rest to be found at a gym. But I never got impressed by the machines. I found them boring and dysfunctional.

I love body weighted workout and free weights (deadlifting is my favourite when it comes to the heavy stuff), and I love high intensity cardio, I like it rough and hard. And I love mixed martial art based training. When it comes to the fighting mode I’m only doing it on fit for fun basis. Heavy bag works ok, but mitts training is definitely more fun, and light sparring when possible (but that happens rarely nowadays).

I always train barefoot or in my fivefingers. I’m addicted to feel full contact with the ground.

For me having fun have always been the most important ingredient in my workout. And I have never followed any schedules in my whole life (except when I was practicing Shaolin Kung Fu).

If you need to have rules to evolve in your training I say stick with that. If not, you don’t need to follow any rules how to be better. You have the information of how intuitively in your mind. Learn how to use your intuition. Children who plays don’t follow any rules of how to be better. They learn how to be better through having fun and just do it.

You can think whatever you want about that. I stand by my experience that it’s definitely possible to become a whole lot better only by aiming on having challenging fun. But of course you need that rough, hardcore fighting kick ass mindset to conquer and achieve higher levels. Doing the same shit won’t do much, but still better than nothing at all.

Physical training just don’t only makes you stronger and feel better and more healthy in general. It also makes you smarter, to think more clearly and learn better. It definitely helps to make you a better photographer, or whatever you like to do. And it makes you look more handsome, both on the outside and inside. It gives you self esteem.

Workout empowers you with life energy.

Everyday no big deal Creativity

You don’t have to dig hard and deep to find simple everyday no big deal creativity things around you to experiment with. You are surrounded all the time by unseen things everywhere.

Try to not see what you see, but how it can be seen. And you will soon find that there is a whole different world embedded into the ordinary reality. Not very strange or different at all sometimes, sometimes very strange and different, almost beyond recognition.

To experiment, without any boundaries or serious expectations is a great way to develop new influences and a way to take care of your inspiration. It’s a great way to develop your creativity in how you look at things and learn what to look for. A cellphone is a great tool to work with your photographic creativity, all photos in this post is done with one.

Experimental creativity transforms your way to think and open up closed, or even hidden doors in your mind. There is only one important rule in this game – to become and be like a curious child. Because this child is your real master.

Table art made by sun and shadows

When the wine gets deep

About what I have to say about what I say in this case. There are basically two ways to play with your creativity. Optical or technical. By optical I mean raw as it is. Focusing on finding new ways to see and think through the lens. This is the hardest, because this is a process that easily get forced and pushed into a serious hunt whiteout any clowns.

Right mood is a nice companion when doing this. If you don’t find it. Just try to go very simple and don’t take the search to seriously. Aim for simplicity and just shoot without thinking to much – it don’t have to be something that goes “wow” immediately. Sooner or later the images will find you.

The technical way is the post processing treatment with an editor as creative playground. Or, maybe go crazy extreme with the camera settings. I often find that some not so very impressive photos from sessions when I have played with my camera hide clues of new seeds when I start to work with them (or old photos that have survived the kill). So don’t throw away your shitty photos at first glimpse. Let them stay for a while and see if you can grow something.

Whatever how, in this space you shall not give yourself any rules of right or wrong, no matter what grounded values your philosophy is made of.

You may be hard on strict rules to not do any heavy post editing that changes the photos to much beyond recognition as possible. Because you want to be true to yourself and the audience. That you are a serious real photographer who take pictures of the real world as seen.

This is not about being true to the real world as we see it from the more regular and ordinary perspective. This is about developing how to see beyond the ordinary and challenge the reality. Searching for emotions. Looking for the subconscious language. Finding the extraordinary and strange perspectives that challenge the mind. To develop your imagination and don’t get stuck in fixed patterns of what you already know and do. A gift to your crazy creative and curious inner child. Which I personally think is just as, or more, important to embrace and incorporate into your ordinary reality.

Sometimes you will be surprised how strange and beautiful the reality can be by itself without barely any editing at all (but almost always needed at some level to nail that final yes). Finding unknown and unseen details and perspectives of life is like finding the soul of reality.

And sometimes you will be surprised of what hides inside a copy of reality when you tweak it a little more beyond the ordinary. Even an almost invisible meaningless image can suddenly change radically into something totally different. Get rid of the forced need about technical quality of the photo and tweak. Leave the perfectionist outside.

Personally I don’t see anything wrong in this kind of treatment. I prefer to call it treatment rather than manipulation because every photo is sort of already manipulated from when the first light photon hits the image processor, or analog film as well.

In my point of view, obvious manipulation is no big deal either, because if it’s obvious, it’s meant to be so. But if you try to lie to tell a different story and hide the truth, you are cheating and manipulating your audience (and yourself).

Don’t be afraid of heavy treatment or using filters that mashup the photos from time to time – embrace it and explore what you can do. Sometimes I just do it but don’t use it, just to see what I can do and find out what I am searching for. And sometimes I walk through the barricades and aim for a really screwed up final touch. Just because I can.

But in a more photographic behaviour point of view. The most useful and practical solution to develop an intuitive and creative relationship with your photographic imagination is to use the camera, a lot, and not get stuck in to much editing and thinking. In the end, what you catch in your camera is what matters.

Oh no, Petshots!

This is Shiro and Grima. A Whippet and a crossbreed (mostly Icelandic shepherd dog).

Together - the crossbreed Grima and the whippet Shiro

I was really very uncertain until the very last touch of this post if I actually should make this “yet another pet” post at all. But after all, how many pet posts have I done here?

Dogs and Cats. Mostly a whippet called Shiro and a crossbreed called Grima.  All shot with an iPhone

 

Dogs and Cats. Mostly a whippet called Shiro and a crossbreed called Grima.  All shot with an iPhone

Our dogs have always been, and will always be, a natural source of inspiration and a reason to pick up the camera. Even if you know that you alreday have houndreds of photos of them. You always see something new, or very special in just this moment, too strong to resist. What really happening is that you actually try to take a photo of your feelings rather than a portrait. That’s why it is so easy to get a growing pile of photos of your beloved pets that never ends. It’s actually photos of love. And just another photo is never one to many in this world.

Dogs and Cats. Mostly a whippet called Shiro and a crossbreed called Grima.  All shot with an iPhone

To much oxygen

Nowdays this behaviour very easily becomes a craving need to share those moments on the social media. We are not alone. And the rest just look straight through that just another pet photo and don’t see what you see. At some point it can easily become a forced hunt for satisfaction and nothing but a giant colllection of same, same but not so vey different. I think it is very important trying to resist this lust to avoid becoming a manic collector.

Or, if you change the “pet” into something else you burn for. In general. To much same, same but different may not be the right way to search what you looking for.

Paw of Grima

Today I try to be much more restrictive when it comes to taking photos and sharing photos of my pets repeatidly. Or anything else of to much of same kind that grows very big too easily. In time it will grow big anyway and will probably be of much more interest. Another way to do it is keep on shooting but avoid saving too much, beeing quite hard to Yourself.

A pillow, nice

Best place on earth

All photos in this post are shot with an smartphone. The perfect camera when that sudden lust to catch the moment occure. Especially when it comes to animals (and kids). Just a second of to much preparation is sometimes enough to break that magic moment. The phone is for the most no further away than in your pocket.

Food for everyone

Shiro and Grima

Don’t bother craving for the wishful need for super quality. That’s definitivly the most less important. Actually, more important I would say. I often like to push the quality limits at free will and I am not ashamed to play with filters from time to time to mess things up. I don’t mean that you should avoid to push for better quality. What I try to say is about developing your skills with what you have and searching for satisfaction through creativity. But when you want and when the circumstances are right (good light for example). You can get quite impressive results with a smartphone.

Grima loves water

We have a cat too, that used to be two – two different cats, not a siamese…
So maybe there will be cats here one day too. And there will be more dogs from time to time. And other cats, and other dogs.

Never to small

Using a cellphone as a "real" camera

For the past five, seven years, or maybe more. I have been using my iPhones as my camera. I’m very lost in time and usually know more about what has happened than when. A cellphone is of course not so very classy as a more real camera but it’s actually both fun and practically – it’s always there and very easy to just pick up whenever. It will probably be a choice from time to time even in the future.

Soon very soon I will have a “real” camera again, that works. But there will be a whole lot of pictures made in iPhone on this blog. My number One photo editor app I use today is Snapseed. I love the simplicity  and don’t need that much more from an editor – It do the most important things you may need to do very smooth and nice.