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I forgot 100. Five ahead. So this is a simple happy celebration post about so far.

With this comes a bunch of shots from my second visit to Gothenburg Culture Festival, and other shots from around.

It happened quicker than I was ready for and suddenly I have made 105 posts on this blog!

And this is far, far… far away in another galaxy from what I ever expected to happen when I started this blog in January this year.

At the top, I thought maybe one post a week would be realistic to achieve if I tried hard. Apparently, I surprised myself well and truly.

When I started this idea I was actually a bit scared. Actually without a reason, because somewhere somehow everything has to begin. The feeling of open up and expose yourself wide open for the world is challenging.

My biggest fear was about making a fool of myself trying to write and express myself in English. I’m more or less self-taught in the English language – my scholar graduation in English was a joke about failure. My learning came later on from reading comics and magazines.

But I thought, what the heck. Just do it, burn and smile.

My foundation of photography and ideas of what to write about have never been an issue. And nowadays I’m much more confident in what I create – good or bad, either scares me anymore.

My writing is more problematic. Expressing myself in English through my Swedish mind isn’t very easy all the time. I often struggle a lot with my mind and sometimes I just skip some tryouts because I really don’t know how to make it work properly enough to make sense.

And I know that my writing probably is full of grammatical failures even if I try to keep it simple. Hopefully good enough to be understandable and make sense, as my sense works.

Enough of this self-pitying talk. Just do it. Today I don’t fear this drawback anymore. I am who I am and love what I do.

So I would like to give you some courage, who think and love but don’t dare – don’t hesitate. Just do it and see what happens. I still live and feel great. Greater actually. Making and doing this blog has been a fantastic journey through my mind and have made my self-esteem a whole lot stronger and bigger.

I have always seen this blog mainly as a personal journal and observation base camp for my thoughts and photography. And not to only share what I think what others may like. But it would be a big fat lie if I said that I don’t care. Of course, I care and love to be seen.

This base camp activity has helped me a lot in both evolving my photographic mind, skills and the way I express myself with confidence. It’s kind of putting things about myself together and mapping the maze of life.

Photography isn’t anything new for me. When I was a kid I used to borrow my mums Kodak Instamatic. And when I was fifteen I bought my first “real” camera – a Minolta XG-M. Back then I was shooting mainly in black and white and I had my own compact living darkroom in our closet.

Today I’m 51 and still try and learn.

But what’s new for me is doing street photography. That’s a brand new way of shooting for me. And this idea was the major reason both behind the rebirth of my passion for photography, buying a new camera and starting this blog.

And I still really don’t know where this idea of street photography comes from.

It’s a mystery as I’m actually quite (very) shy of my nature and have never ever felt attracted to even try before. Suddenly I do what used to scare me most.

Some would probably identify this as some kind of age crisis. If so, ok, I like it. And if so, then I have had crisis all my life. I will never grow up thinking that I can’t do anything I want to do. Even cut myself a hybrid Mohican and dye it sparkling red.

If I feel attracted to something never done, I want to try. The problem is never do it or dare it – it’s about wanting it.

See you in next post

 

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Gothenburg Culture Festival

This is something that has been going on every year since 1995. Five days in a row in the middle of August.

Personally, I’m mostly there for the food and just mingle around. The culture part is usually nothing I find particularly interesting. In general, not my kind of culture worth getting very excited over. But ok, fun and nice as happenings.

But always something worth getting a closer look at. And probably some more if you have got the time to cover the entire area and every event you would like to take a closer look at.

But I don’t have that stamina to be everywhere for longer periods under such crowded circumstances.

So my focus is on the food and slowly walk around.

There’s a lot of international dishes to choose from and I like this street food serving concept. Easy in and out, eat wherever you find suits you and whatever comes in the taste of mind. A lot of flavors to gormandize in.

I’m usually doing this together with the family, so to get a little bit more of everything to taste without exploding your stomach and save some money we usually bring a bunch of disposable plates and cutlery with us. Sharing is smart.

This is an explosion of photographic moments everywhere. Trying to behave socially at the same time is challenging. A chaos of impressions flooding like a river of ants. No idea to sort out or think too much of what to shoot. This is prime time crowded city wilderness.

Darn exhausting to be involved in, but incredibly fun at the same time, worth every second of confusion. This is a street photographers heaven.

And tomorrow (today) I’m going back in for more.

 

 

 

West Pride and the Rainbow People : part 2

West Pride

 

If you fall into this first you may want to read/look at part one first, or after, which order doesn’t matter. You find part one here >>

The parade is on and now I really don’t know where to be. So I stayed and walked along the direction randomly. That felt best. Staying in one same spot would be a boring lineup of photos. And I wanted to feel more alive and dynamic involved.

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The only drawback since I was focused on the parade. Is that it’s a parade. It gets a little bit like an exhibition. Well, kind of just what it is, but it’s a whole lot more fun to flow around and participate more.

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Since it was an open parade I could walk around in the middle of it all if I wanted to. But I think it would be very confusing and maybe annoying for others. And then, where? The parade was about just as long as the distance – about 2km. So I was pleased with randomly changing direction and step in and out of the parade in between.

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This year was a record year with about 16.000 participating in the parade. Probably just as many along the way. That makes whole lot of people when you bake in the rest of everyone else doing other business in the city.

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Doing a huge thing like this, occupying the centre city streets completely is quite amazing. But this is Gothenburg, and we love to party in the streets. And Gothenburg have a very strong partnership with the HBTQ movement / LGBTQ .

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Next time I will either stay longer or come later. At this time, about four hours later I was really exhausted I began to feel a bit dizzy and empty in my head. Impression overload. Still a craving need to make more and just be in this expressive gathering.

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So many more shots I wished I could make, but somewhere you just have to choose what and where to be. Impossible to be everywhere you would like to be.

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I think I could have had a really nice time after the parade when the participants in the parade began to gathering at the “Rainbow Square” for more happenings. I spent some time walking around and thought – shit, More fun to shoot!

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But somewhere it have to end. And then came the rain.

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But what would Rainbows be without rain. Fortunately for the Rainbow people it was a short lived rain and I think they got a really nice evening and night at the end.

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Peace, Love and Soul

West Pride and the Rainbow People : part 1

West Pride

I have never made so many photos in one day ever. Oh my, that was fun, but awful many shots to edit and process. Nothing I regret however, I could easily have made twice more if I was faster in my head and had more time and the mental endurance.

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So many photos I want to share, so I had to split this into two posts. Even then there are some more photos left behind. You will find those and these on my flickr account – klick any photo and you’ll find the album.

This was a blown away day – so many impressions all over everywhere. Surrounded by happy open minded people from the rainbow. Think if the world could be more like this.

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I love those humans. Thankfully it seems to be more of them than you think. Not only the Pride ones, also people who stand by their side who choose peace, love and soul before hate and fear.

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This was actually first time I went away to be there and see this. For some reason. Probably because I usually used to avoid crowds. Simply don’t like be in high intensity crowds. The cure is a camera and street photography. This have changed my brain patterns radically.

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Pride might be one of the most perfect time for street photography. The circumstances makes it kind of natural making photos and being photographed. No one think it’s strange to be caught on film, probably the opposite and like to be made, even want.

I began the day in the mingle where everyone was gathering for the parade. I didn’t knew what to expect or where to be or go. No need to. It was impossible to not feel as you where just where you should be – wherever you where.

Then I slowly moved my way along the direction of the parade.

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And here ends part one – welcome to part two >>

 

StreetParty – Hela Dagen Lång 2017

 

Every year a big street party occurs in the streets of Andra and Tredje långgatan in Gothenburg, formerly called Andra Långdagen. This year it was actually cancelled due to permission and safety issues, which have been a shadow of this Event since the beginning 2005.

Basically it’s a kind of gathering of the people who lives here and those who run their business here. Inviting everyone and anybody from everywhere to participate in this street party.

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

This festival actually doesn’t have any official organisers or permission to arrange this happening. Still it keeps coming back. Only days after the announcement of this years cancelling it bounced back and resurfaced under a new name – Hela dagen lång (All Day Long). Now even more unofficial with no contact persons at all. As said – you can’t hold back such a strong force of love.

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Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

This is a really a strange concept that seems unstoppable, and the decision makers of the city seems to unofficial permits it to occur, well aware of probably impossible to do anything else but let it happen. And it works, unexpectedly well, beside same drawbacks as always that follows during festivals, with or without official permission. People behave as they are attracted to be.

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Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

The art of simplicity is probably one major reason behind the successful atmosphere. A self-centred balance between me and you and everybody else, and a soul in the centre of it all.

This laid back attitude really show off in this street gathering party. Everybody is welcome, performers and visitors. People of all kind flaneur the streets together. Sitting, standing or spontaneous dancing together. This relaxed atmosphere of joy is contagious. This is intensive mindfulness in action. This is made for people by the people.

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

The performance of the day was definitely this act, of what I don’t know much more about than the lead “screamer” and dog toy player is known as H.M. Hammarin. They were absolutely awesome in their own kind.

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

And here is a short video clip

Unfortunately I had not that much of time as I would like to. I could probably have stayed here for some more hours without any signs of tiredness. Which was quite unexpected for being me who very easily gets ridiculous exhausted in intensive crowds.

I wish I could stay all night and keep on making photos. A gold mine for a street photographer and so much more to shoot. And I would like to have been far more hustle in my shutter finger than I was.

See ya next year for sure. This time loaded with shutter speed and more time.

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017

Hela Dagen Lång Street Party Gothenburg 2017