And then… there were more bikes

011213- 453sHere are part two of the bikes I shot on sunday. I found lots of beautiful old bikes. People are speding lots of money on new and fancy bikes, but apparently there are quite some people that loves the old ones as well. I like that. The old ones has way more charactere and they areway prettier than the new ones. Don’t you agree?

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I’m back…. with more bikes

011213- 014sIt’s been ages since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been busy the two last months and I haven’t been very inspired to pick up my camera. Lately though, I’ve been missing working with my camera–aim, focus and shoot all those beautiful/interesting  things around me.

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Bikes in Gothenburg pt. II

In my previous post I told you about all the bikes I found in Gothenburg last time I was there. As promised, here is the second batch of the bike photos I took. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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Bikes in Gothenburg pt. I

140713- 004sThe photo above shows the first bike that attracted me after arriving Gothenburg. I spotted it just as we left the Central Station upon our arrival. That tiny little purse caught my attention and I knew I had to photograph it.

There was many more awesome bikes around Gothenburg. I had to stop quite often to photograph them and I think my friend more than once thought ‘oh, here we go again, stopping beside a bike’. When you’re on vacation with me, you got to be prepared to stop a lot when I got a camera around my neck / in my hand. Yes, I looked like a real (Japanese) tourist with my camera around my neck all the time. Taking my camera out of my purse every time I saw something worth photographing, would be too exhausting. It’s better to place it around your neck and pay attention to it so no one tries to steal it. Well, Gothenburg is not a metropolis like other big cities (London, New York, Paris etc), so I wasn’t so worried.

Well, back to the bikes. I saw a lot of them and photographed all the cool ones. That resulted in a lot of photographs. So many that I think it’s best to split it in two. Don’t want you guys to get a bike-overdose, do I?

Enjoy the bikes of Gothenburg, part one.

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This years collection of Dutch bikes

220613- 097s It’s no secret I travel to the Netherlands a lot. I’m there once a year, visiting my dear friend Chantie. Every time I’m there I photograph a lot. This time I mainly focused on bikes. Because of the weather and because we went to see Bruce Springsteen in Nijmegen (loved, loved, loved seeing Springsteen!), I didn’t have that much time to photograph and therefore I decided to focus on one subject. The Netherlands are full of bikes so it was easy to pick that as a subject. And you know, I love bikes!

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Krakow

Krakow is such a pretty city. I had no expectations when I left for Krakow, so I was pleasently surprised. The old part of town was beautiful. The old buildings were pretty and the churches – oh boy! I’ve never seen such pretty churches before. The inside was so, so goregeous. It wasn’t allowed to take photos inside, so I don’t have any to show, but you just have to take my word for it.

Before I left, I didn’t think that Krakow would be a city I would love to go back to, but it became that. I will recommend Krakow to anyone who asks and I wouldn’t mind going back there. There was this restaurant, where we had lunch, that served the best veil I’ve eaten in a long time. It was so  yummy. The beef I had the same night at Starka was the best beef I’ve eaten in years. So tender and just bloddy enough for me. Oh man, I get hungry just by talking about it.

Well, here is some photos of this lovely city. They were taken on a very sunny and hot sunday. I couldn’t have asked for a better weather to photograph in.

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Back in bizz: more bikes!

Oh boy! It’s been a long time since I blogged. Way too long! I am not surprised, because my blogging is like a yo-yo. Sometimes I blog a lot and then there are periods where I hardly blog at all. I put my lack of blogging on my ‘being-uninspred’ account this time. I hope I can, with this post, slowly come back and blog more regularly again.

Quite often I feel like I’ve captured what there is to capture of Oslo. I know that’s not true, because there are still parts of Oslo I haven’t photographed. There are still things to see that my eyes haven’t catched yet. Knowing this, still I’ve felt a bit uninspired. One of the reason is that there isn’t anything new and grandiose to photograph. It’s the same old things. There isn’t any Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate, Brookly Bridge, La Familia Sagrada, Spanish Steps etc in Oslo.

What I seek is something new, something spectacular to photograph.

I think that will change this summer! Last fall I had a ten years anniversary at my office. That resulted in a 5000 NOK gift certificate from a travel agency that needed to be used within a year from mid September. I could’ve spend all of it on one trip somewhere far away, but I chose to do it differently. In stead I’ve spent it on two trips:

  • The Netherlands: 6 days trip to Holland visiting my friend and going see Springsteen! Woot! Will spend a few days in Alkmaar where Chantal lives and then a few days in Nijmegen.
  • 4 days trip to London with my friend Bjørg. We will stay in a apartment hotel in Notting Hill. It’s been like 12 years or so since I was in London last time. It will be great visiting London again!

In addition to that I’m going on a 3 day trip to Stockholm to see a band called Gyllne Tider with my friend Linda and a bunch of other people. Chantal is also coming to Norway and then we’re going to go to Gothenburg and spend some days there.

I migth go to Krakow in a months with some people from my office. It’s not decided yet, we will decide tomorrow. I’ve never been to Poland and Krakow. If we go, it will be very interesting!

So I think I will have lots of opportuneties to photograph new stuff this summer. I’m so looking forward to it.

Well, I’m none of those places right now. I’m in Oslo. To get my inspiration back, I turned to what I love – bikes! Bikes always makes me smile and cheer me up. Seeing an beautiful, old bike makes me giddy. No kidding!

So here they are, today’s bikes. Enjoy!

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…and we have more bikes!

This weekend has been cold, really cold. On friday I went to a town two hours away from Oslo. It’s called Elverum. I got a friend living there and went to visit her for the weekend. When I came there friday evening, it was about -18 C outside (0 Fahrenheit). Saturday the temp. was stable on -18 C., but this morning when I got up, Bjørg’s husband told me the temp. had dropped to -24 C. (about -11 Fahrenheit). That is friggen cold. Thank god it wasn’t as cold as that when I arrived Oslo today. It was ‘only’ -15 C (5 Fahrenheit). Have any of you experienced this cold weather?

It has been perfect winter weather to photograph in. Yesterday we were out on a hourlong walking trip. It was so nice, even though it was cold outside. You only need warm enough clothes, and then you’ll be good to go. I took some photos while walking. You couldn’t walk outside and not capture that lovely winter day. I have used my camera today too. First on my way back from Elverum. I took photos from the bus.

When I arrived Oslo today and I walked out of the Bus Terminal, I saw a pretty bike. I knew I had to photograph it and in the next second I found out I wanted to go hunting for bikes. As you know, I can’t get enough of bikes! On my adventure, an old guy spotted me standing on top of a concrete brick trying to photograph some stairs. He was going down those stairs and blocked my photo opportunety. When he saw me, he stopped and stared at me. I turned around to photgprah something else, because I could sense the guy wasn’t happy. After a short while, I turned around again and took a glance at him – he was still there. Then he pierced his eyes into me and yelled ‘YOU’RE A SPY’! Then he walked away… I had to bite my lip not to laugh ;) Have you ever experienced such things being out photographing?

After nearly two hours outside, I came back with quite some bike photographes. I  had to search extra hard, since it’s wintertime and there isn’t as many bikes outside as in the summer. On my walk, I saw some bikes I’ve seen many times before. Some bikes are definitely abandonned.

Here are what I found today:

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Next time I will come with the winter photographes from this weekend.

Stay tuned! :)

 

 

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