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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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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Rune Andersen is a well known comedian in Norway. He was born in Kristiansand, Norway in 1962. The childhood was difficult with a violent father. After some short experiences as sailor, teacher, salesman he started a successful career as actor, humorist and comedian. He has won several prices the last years and enjoys much popularity and a lot of fans. He’s also appeared in several radio- and TV-shows.
I shot these images in a concert in Ravnedalen in Kristiansand last summer. He was binding the concerting bands togehter in the Ravedalen Live festival. Kim Larsen and Kjukken was performing the same night. See my images from that concert in my blog. And of course you can see more of my concert photography in my portfolio.
Last night I had the opportunity to enjoy a concert with the band called “A Saucerful of Secrets “. Original name for a band covering Pink Floyd. Any way they are good and it really was a great concert. I enjoyed every moment – a wonderful tribute to my all time fav band. It was the last concert in their 10 year aniversary tour held in Drammen Theater.
A Saucerful of Secrets is one of Norways finest Pink Floyd tribute bands. They started in 2006. During these years the band has earned the reputation as a great live act. Recommended !
Of course I had to shoot some images from the concert with my new Sony RX100M5 – handheld.
Listen to this video from another concert.
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Summer 2016 I attended Ravedalen Live in Kristiansand Norway. It was a fantastic summerday and one of my old favorites was the main attraction – Kim Larsen. You know, the danish old-timer who had many hits like “This is my life”. His music and Lyrics has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. The tickets was bought before christmas and I’d been looking forward to this event for many months. My camera and I was ready for the event.
The first image shows Kim Larsen in a posture typical for him – singing out loud and his big mouth. He is getting older and needed a chair, but that did not hold back his energy. The crowd was extatic, singing along and filming with their smartphones. The band Kim larsen & Kjukken added great sound and rythm to the great lyrics, and the stage had great lighting.
I captured theese images handheld with my Nikon D610 with Tamron 24-70 mm at ISO 1000. What a concert, what an opportunity to shot and… Wow! What a night!
You can see more images from this and other concerts in my portfolio. Check out the Youtube-video from in this post too.
Live recording on Youtube of “This Is My Life” from the album “En Lille Pose Støj”
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The lovely couple Gina and Kristian were married 24. September 2016 in Stavanger Cathedral, Norway. I’m not much into wedding photography, but I turned into a wedding photographer for a while since my niece asked. After sweating over delayed luggage, I had to buy a new suit. The luggage arrived though, one hour before the beautiful ceremony, and I could jump into my tux just in time.
I luckily arrived the cathedral before the bride and captured Kristian waiting for Gina. He was a bit nervous. Who wouldn’t be!? The priest was a fairly short woman whilst Gina and Kristian are tall people. So, it was quite satisfying to preserve the beautiful moment. Once the ceremony was over the newly married couple stopped on their way out to say hi to a cute little man.
I adore the time after the ceremony when the guests, the bride and groom mingle for the first time. The celebrations continued in a barn refurbished for the purpose. It’s located in Hafrsfjord – just outside Stavanger. They had arranged a wonderful dinner with speeches and of course the obligatory dance. I was told it was a late night (early morning actually) for some of the guests.
Below is a selection of my favorite wedding photos. Not exactly portrait photography. As may have noticed, I’ve used some of my street photography skills. I really hope you enjoy them. Don’t hesitate to comment below and please feel free to share on social media (it really helps me out!)