Saturday, 2018-06-30

June

Rosebud bokeh wash

Meet the parents - Jan & Karin, Stensun Jun 2018

Grönan

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Sunday, 2018-06-24

Fotografiska, June 2018

Cathleen Naundorf - Secret Times

Large format (8x10) fashion photography on Polariods. The prints included the tear marks and blotches from the process. The subjects are gorgeous models clad in haute couture creations from the largest Paris maisons.

(The camera was also exhibited, a Plaubel monorail with a Schneider Symmar-S 300mm ƒ/5.6. I nerded out a lot over this.)

In all I didn’t find this very compelling. I respect the photographer for her work and her process, and on some level the combination of ancient technology and modern subjects is interesting. But in the end it’s sort of a gimmick.

Simen Johan - Until the Kingdom Comes

Huge prints of digitally manipulated images of animals and fruit. The new wave of pictorialism - the photographs are just the raw material for making images in a computer to express the vision of the artist. Is it that far removed from making a naturalistic oil painting from a photograph? I don’t believe so.

Evelyn Bencicova - Merror

The subject matter is interesting, but the execution felt unsettling. Probably that is the point.

Linda McCartney & Mary McCartney - Mother Daughter

I’m going to be uncharitable here and say that this is just Mary (the daughter) using her access to her mother’s (Linda) snapshots to enhance her own career.

The prints were not identified by the photographer, which felt dishonest.

Marie Hald - A New Me

Finally a good exhibit. The photographer spent some time “embedded” in a Utah “fat camp” where overweight people went through a crash course to try to lose weight. It’s a typical Swedish young photographer project but the subjects in this stark setting had a quiet dignity that made them human, as opposed to health statistics.

Grönan

Sunday, 2018-06-03

The The, Münchenbryggeriet 2018-06-02

The big comeback tour for The The (essentially Matt Johnson, but with a great backing band) was sadly marked on the day of the Stockholm set by the passing of the singer/songwriter’s father. Despite this the band put on a great show.

The venue was packed by the kind of people (your humble writer included) who discovered the band in the mid-80s, now a bit less whip-thin and a bit less jaunty. One might even say greyed.

The varied soundscapes of the albums was replaced by a traditional rock band, with good results for the most part where the very strong melodies shone through, less so for others.

I’m very glad I went, and I hope the massive global tour will introduce The The to a new, unbeaten generation.

Set list

  1. Global eyes
  2. Sweet bird of truth
  3. Flesh and bones
  4. Heartland
  5. The beat(en) generation
  6. Armageddon days are here (again)
  7. We can’t stop what’s coming
  8. Phantom walls
  9. Love is stronger than death
  10. Dogs of lust
  11. Helpline operator
  12. This is the night
  13. This is the day
  14. Soul catcher
  15. Bugle boy
  16. Beyond love
  17. Slow emotion replay
  18. Like a sun risin thru my garden
  19. Infected
  20. I’ve been waitin’ for tomorrow (all of my life)

(interlude)

  1. Uncertain smile
  2. Lonely planet

(via Aftonbladed)

Thursday, 2018-05-31

May

Hottest May in… centuries?

Fin de saison

Hammarby sjöstad

La Méditerranée en Suède II

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Thursday, 2018-05-24

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Monday, 2018-04-30

Saturday, 2018-03-31

March

Stensund III

March reflection II

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Monday, 2018-03-12

Photos and gear Sunday

Fotomässan 2018

After a couple of years on life support, the annual Stockholm photo fair is reborn, embedded in a huge exhibit of boats and outdoor life. This makes a lot of sense as the fair was always popular with arrangers of photo trips, and nature and wildlife photography is one of the last redoubts of “traditional” photography (as opposed to mobile phone photography).

Sadly this cut into the space assigned for actual photographs, which was actually a big part of previous fairs. This, along with the relative lack of space for photo gear compared to outdoor stuff, left the fair being a bit underpopulated.

Notably missing from the exhibitors was Canon and Hasselblad.

That said, I had fun fondling expensive gear. It looks increasingly like a Sony A7 of some sort together with a compact prime is the best way for me forward, gear-wise.

Handling the Fuji GFX50 was fun as well. Another standout was the Samyang 50mm ƒ/0.95. Both are really big and heavy, it really feels as if the industry is overdue for a Maitami-like size reduction across the board.

Tired of the hustle and bustle, I hied myself off to

Fotografiska

All exhibits had been refreshed from my last visit.

Ellen von Unwerth - Devotion!

If you’re a fan of scantily clad female models this is a show for you!

Christian Tagliavini

This one was pretty fun. All the works look like they’re digitally rendered, but the USP is that all props, clothes, etc are hand-made by the artist.

Zanele Muholi - Somnyama Ngonyama

Powerful self-portraits explicitely referencing the experience of being a gay black woman in South Africa.

Wednesday, 2018-02-28

February

Against and with the sun.

Nobelparken

Kungl. Djurgården

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Tuesday, 2018-02-06

Fotografiska, February 2018

Nick Veasey - Inside Out

Huge, wall-spanning X-rays. Boring.

Chen Man - Fearless & Fabulous

Chinese fashion photography. A lot of digital manipulation, and a whole lot of skinny beatiful models.

Åsa Sjöström - Silent Land

Reportage photography from Moldova. Beatifully presented. The highlight of my visit.