Category: Documentary photography

It is not my responsibility to make moments happen, it’s simply my interest to photograph them and preserve them. I enjoy documentary photography: It’s all about people….being people. I believe passionately that it is about the story I convey. It’s about the people, it’s about the love and interaction, but most of all, documentary photography is about the moment. The decisive moment, as the famous photographer Cartier Bresson explained it.

Extraordinary perfect conditions

I captured this video during my arctic adventure at 79 degrees north. Untouched wonderful nature – please keep it so …

One less item on my bucket list. How about yours? Would you put this adventure on your bucket list? Please share your comment below.

More of my work: http://www.gjertsen.photos

Documenting Amy’s 50th anniversary

A friend of my daughter-in-law asked if I would document a party celebrating her 50th anniversary. I’m still growing as a photographer and slowly developing my own style. In stead of traditional shots, I’m adopting some of my street photography experiences when documenting events like a party or anniversary.

I find great inspiration in Kevin Mullins. He’s a documentary photographer mostly working with weddings. Inspiration from street photography and photojournalism has obviously a great impact on his style too.

Amy just turned 50 and invited her friends and family to celebrate. A party in the local sports club. Quite informal. She wanted a posed shot of all guests. Not exactly my thing, but of course… When everyone started mingling with a glass of bubbles in their hand, I had a great time. I want my “clients” to remember the actual moments instead of what the photographer wanted them to do. This was the perfect moment.

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Birthday girl

 

Arriving on bike

 

What’s going on here?!

 

Oops!

Bubbles is always welcome

 

Hi there …

 

 

Bride in shopping center

Brides

This weekend I had a walk in the city together with my daughter. I one of the shopping centers we met several brides walking among customers. A nice view I’d dare to say :-). Anyway, it turned out to be a NICE marketing event.

 

Bride in shopping center
Bride walking through a shopping center in Kristiansand, Norway

 

Dancers in shopping center
Dancing kids in a shopping center in Kristiansand, Norway

 

Cathrine Sørland
Cathrine Sørland – well known model – hosting a marketing event in Kristiansand, Norway.
Solitude

Solitude

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
― Jodi Picoult

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Kay Lynn Gabaldons composition based on my photo.

…Memoirs of a child “Childhood is not from birth to a certain age. And, at a certain age a child is grown and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody expires. It is a vision of Spring, when everything is in a perpetual state of growth.” – Isabella Swan Featured Image: […]

via Lost and Found — Voice On the Porch | Kay Lynn Gabaldon

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Birthdaygirl

Birthdaygirl

My daughter in law – Cathrine – turned 40 last month. I was engaged to document the celebration. It all started just over midnight when friends and family marked her day by waking her up just a minute into her birthday. And of course with cake, gifts, flags, flowers and …bubbles 🙂

Birthday wake-up
Birthday wake-up | Norway 2016

She had the birthday party in a fine venue – the theater in Drammen, Norway. All the guests posed for the photographer when entering the venue. It was December in Norway and near the darkest day in the year. So some additional lighting was needed. The torches gave me a bit of of a puzzle. Anyway, monochrome is very close to my taste, so colors was not a problem. Notice the posters next to the doors.

 

Welcome to my party | Norway 2016
Welcome to my party | Norway 2016

 

Mingling | Norway 2016
Mingling | Norway 2016

 

Getting seated
Getting seated | Norway 2016

 

Toastmaster
Toastmaster Øystein | Norway 2016

 

Speach
André giving a speech to his wife | Norway 2016

 

Sabeling Champagne
Sabeling Champagne | Norway 2016

 

Partytime | Norway 2016
Partytime | Norway 2016

Most of the images are shot handheld with my Sony RX100M5 camera. The posed image in the entrance was captured with my Nikon D610 on a tripod.

Susie & The Spuds – Concert photography

In July Susie & The Spuds performed in the Ravnedalen Live. Their music can be characterized as Folk ‘n Roll / Old Time / Americana. The band started in 2012 and comes from Lillesand, Norway. Here are some of the photographs I made that evening. Kim Larsen & Kjukken and Rune Andersen performed in the same festival. Click on the links to see my images from their performances.

As usual handheld with my Nikon D610 and the Tamron 50-70 mm.

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Silje Fossli, Susie & The Spuds
Silje Fossli, Susie & The Spuds

 

Silje Fossli, Susie & The Spuds
Silje Fossli, Susie & The Spuds

 

Jørund Flaa, Susie & The Spuds
Jørund Flaa, Susie & The Spuds

 

Ravnedalen Live Festival
Ravnedalen Live Festival

 

Ravnedalen Live Festival
Ravnedalen Live Festival