I need a monochrome Spa

More or less, I’m going to get back to my b/w settings without the choice to do anything about it.

At least for a while, even if I really don’t know why.

Oh yes, your little bastard, you know, you just don’t want to admit it – that you have a deep-rooted monochrome crush and feel that you have betrayed an old friend.

I’m born and raised in monochrome. It’s probably some kind of identity crisis.

In the beginning, I thought that color photography only was something I would do sporadically. Then I became to really like it and all of a sudden colors was dominating my photography.

I left my b/w settings and started to shoot everything in color. I also started to see and think differently. Monochrome went my second opinion.

So what’s the problem! So I like colors and if, Colours are easily made into nice monochromes in the post process. Well, that’s a part of the problem.

This is simply a weird feeling I have. And more about how I do than what I do, and what I think is better for my confused little mind.

I am suffering from very annoying alternative possibility disorders. That’s the problem. More alternatives – more problems. I don’t need more alternatives than necessary to deal with. I want less (is more. Yeah!).

When needed, it can be a very useful condition, but mostly it’s only disturbing (the good thing is – creative infinity, nothing can ever go wrong, only different).

Remember that “even if I really don’t know why” in the beginning of this text? I don’t, apparently. But I have noticed that now. I just didn’t know what I didn’t know, yet. And still not really sure… shit!

So you see, this alternative thinking even bleeds through my writings. So many, too many ways to say something. This puzzle inside my mind often makes me feel like an exploding star. And then I begin to feel a little hungry…

Ok, Stop!

So I will go back to basic and use my camera as it was a roll of film in it. Either b/w or color, not two in one.

And my precious little Fuji X100T makes great monochromes, straight from the camera (those here are not made that way, and some are mobile shots). And my monochrome mindset works so much more effective both when shooting and during the post-processing of the “negatives”.

Nothing wrong with colors, not at all. But when it comes to shooting in color on a more regular basis, I need to figure out what the hell I want to achieve more effectively. The confusion of exciting alternatives that lives inside the world of colors, or the sudden change of mood for b/w, or maybe not, or maybe… makes me bipolar.

I love it, and I just hate it at the same time.

If you don’t choose, everything will remain possible.

Maybe this is my path – to never really figure out what I want, meant to be a forever restless part of my mind.

I will keep on doing color photography anyway, however, whenever I feel for it. But not on a regular basis. And not as my standard setting.

Shooting with my iPhone will be an exception and stay my two in one whenever-wherever-however-camera.

But right now I need a relaxing monochrome spa. Focusing on the purity of shapes and contrasts without the interference of colors disturbing my little disordered head. So I will focus a lot on black and whites and the shades of grey in-between.

Less is more. And limitation is a creativity-engine making you more focused and inventive, and less disturbed by possible maybes. I need to clean up what I want.

We’ll see about that. I never trust myself. I often change quicker than I think.

Fuji X100T


Take Care, Peace and Love / Smike;)






Sometimes, think… don’t wait for a special occasion to shoot something. Just shoot it. How stupid simple it ever may be. Actually, don’t think very much at all. Don’t care and see what happens. Just throw away the lens at something and click.

Don’t bother what camera you use. Use the one you have right here right now, which almost always is your smartphone. The soul of a photography is far more interesting, exciting and important than fabulous quality and fantastic views.

This is what I do, this is what I see a couple of times everyday – walking our dogs, and anytime in between. It’s so everyday common insignificant that I wanted to make some photos of it (ok, this particular moment occurred some weeks ago).

It’s easy to go blind and forget the beauty that actually live in those insignificant moments. Take care of them. They are more important than you may think in making life more interesting than you may think. Penetrate and go beyond what you take for granted.

This is my way to achieve more mindfulness in life. Even without making photos. But you need to remind yourself constantly about it to not forget it.

The camera I didn’t knew I had

This is actually very strange indeed. I found a Casio Exilim EX-G1, hidden in a drawer. Apparently I bought this little thing some years ago, and then forgot about it. I think it was at the time when I was heavily dedicated into outdoor training.

A lot of trail running and using the nature as my gym. Today I’m too comfortable and like the lazy comfort of being in a gym instead.

However, I often enjoyed documenting my life even then. And for this I wanted something rough. At this time my photos seldom got any further than stuck on a hard drive, somewhere.

I think I remember that I also used it during some family vacations and weekend trips.

But I don’t think I made that much photos with it. The mobile functionality evolved and I found the ease of using the mobile for photography instead (it seems that the rough need wasn’t that needed).

It can also be so that I began to grow an aversion against computers during this time and made as much as possible with my phone instead and finally forgot it. I have no other clues of why I finally put it away and forgot it.

I better search through some of my old external hard drives one day, to see if I can find what I have made with this camera. I’m curious. But not today and not tomorrow.

Right now I’m more curious about just using it and see what it’s capable of and the feel of it. So this day I was carrying it around all day and used it sporadically during a quite lazy day. And this is what I got.

My choice for this post, however. Was post process them all into rough, moody black and whites. Just because I got that feeling.

I really like its design. Very easy to handle, light and ridiculous compact, but surprisingly easy to use even with my big hands. This camera easily disappears into any pocket almost unnoticeable. Or just let it hang around your wrist without any big distraction.

In many ways, a perfect casual everyday every time shooter. Fast focus and no significant shutter lag to bother about. Ok, maybe not an action sports camera.

What I find especially nice about the camera is that it’s water resistant. Meaning I can get out in any horrible shit conditions without caring a shit in return. Even take a dip in the sea. Yeah! It would be fun discovering underwater footage. Hope the seals still are fresh and resistant.

It definitely has potential of being a fun favorite as a complement to my iPhone and Fuji X100T. So far I like it. But I will probably only use it when I want to get out and shoot in bad weather. I mean, two is more than enough for my regular shooting.


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