Fotografia – South Sweden (new series)

Byrums Raukar, Öland

In August and September 2019 we made a round trip in Scandinavia. We started in Jutland in Denmark, then took the boat to the south west of Norway, and then we traveled, because of the bad weather conditions in Norway to the south of Sweden. We started on the south west coast of Sweden and also visited the island Öland. Although we have been to Stockholm for business many times, we never had the opportunity to travel through Sweden. We fell in love with this beautiful country and we will in the coming years for sure explore more of Sweden.

Here below some extracts for our photo series that we made in Sweden. For our full series, please visit our gallery on SmugMug (please click here).

If you would like to know more about the places that we have visited and have taken our photo’s, please go to our post Travelogue Scandinavia 2019.

 

 

Fotografia – South Norway ( new series)

Sognefjellet route

In August and September this year we made a round trip in Scandinavia. We started in Jutland in Denmark and took the boat from Hirtshals to Kristiansand in Norway. This time we traveled  in the south of Norway. It was our aim to go further up north, but due to the very bad weather conditions, we decided to go south and traveled through to the south of Sweden and visited the island Öland.

We have been many times in Norway, but mainly in the vicinity of Oslo. Our wish is to explore every year a part of Scandinavia. The nature is so pure and beautiful and there is, compared with our homecountry, space to live and breath. Also the light is for us photographers is a gift. Please find here below an extract of our new series. The full series can be found on SmugMug (click here).

If you would like to know more about the places that we have visited and have taken our photo’s, please go to our post Travelogue Scandinavia 2019.

 

Fotografia – Portugal 2019 (new series)

Nazare

In March and April we have been traveling with our buscamper on the Iberian peninsula.  A nice journey which started in the Extremadura in Spain and then we traveled through Portugal. In Portugal we started our journey in our so beloved Alentejo region. Then towards the most southwestern point of the Iberian Peninsula, Cabo The São Vicente. We continued our journey along the Atlantic coast and partly inlands northward. And finally traversing the north of Portugal, along the river Douro, direction Spanish border (Chaves), where our journey ended. Lisbon, Porto, certain parts of the Alentejo and the Algarve we have visited in earlier years and were therefore not visited this time but of course well worth a trip.

When you click on this link you will be directed to our photo gallery with our photo’s of Portugal: SmugMug. The photos of the Extremadura we will publish at a later stage. Here below a small extract of our extensive photo gallery on SmugMug.

Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Lapa, Braga

Photos taken in Terena, a very small village, along the road from Estremoz to Elvas.

Sunrise at  São Pedro das Cabecas with a 360 degree’s view of the surrounding area 

Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira, a characteristic very small tidal port in the delta of the Sado River

Nazaré. Beautiful beach with a beautiful old town with colourful narrow streets.

In the villages Soajo and Lindoso are really wonderful groups of espiqueiros.

 

Fotografia – Denmark 2019 (new series)

Rubjerg Knude

In May 2017 we travelled for the first time with our camper to Denmark and visited Jutland. As reference we followed the  Margueritruten (daisy route). Denmark is a very beautiful country and has all ingredients that we so much like: the sea, the coast, islands, nice rural areas, friendly people and space to breath and travel. We went back in May 2018 and  followed the southern part of the route. We have been to the islands Ærø, Funen, Langeland, Lolland, Falster, Møn and Sjælland. It seems that it has become a tradition to visit Denmark in spring. In 2019 we travelled on Djursland, the island Samsø and the northern part of Sjælland. The total length of the Margueritruten is 3.700 km’s and we have not yet finished the complete route. 

The photos of our travels you will find on our SmugMug site (please click) in a special folder containing galleries of of the above mentioned journeys, together with special series of the Æero island beach huts,  Møns Klint, Jylland at the sea, Lighthouses, the yellow fields of Jutland, Men at Sea and a Monochrome gallery. Here below you will find some extracts from our Denmark folder:

Møns Klint

Djursland

 

Lighthouses

The yellow fields

Beach huts at Ærø island

Fishing

Fotografia – Story “The Westergren family”

Art in Denmark – The Westergren Family

On our latest journey in Denmark we suddenly came across a group of sculptures on a hill. It was raining, but the sculptures intrigued us, and I started to make some photos. An elderly man, standing next to the sculptures, invited us to come on the hill and see the sculptures more closely. The man did not speak English, but we understood that his father, Edwin Westergren, made the sculptures and some paintings and that this man was his son, Erik Westergren. Erik was a very friendly man and he tried to tell us that his father was a great artist and that he was repairing and finishing his fathers work and that Erik himself was also a painter and musician. Erik invited us to a small museum that he made of his father’s and his own work and showed us around. He was very proud. I very much liked the sculptures, but also the paintings and other artefacts, in particular the colours. I asked him if I was ok to make photos and I believe that he very much liked that we were so interested. From the brochures we bought and later from the internet we found out more about the family Westergren, although what is available in English is very limited.

Edwin Westergren(1921-1992) was a sculptor, painter, poet and philosopher, who lived and worked and ran an arts centre in a former dairy in a Danish village called Østby (“East Village”). He was born in Sweden, and according to local lore he arrived in Denmark as a lost-property foundling in a suitcase. After his death, his concrete sculptures, many of them unfinished, some of them very large, were left to the finishing touches of Mother Nature. The largest group, allegedly called “Will to Life”, is still standing on its hilltop: a wild, heroic landmark, gradually merging with the landscape. One son, Erik, also goes around to kindergartens with his soulmate (his words), spreading the joy of native American music to children. On Erics website (please click) you will find photos and also a movie where Erik is playing with his friends for the children. We found it great to meet a person like Eric and learn about his family’s history and see the artistic work of the family. We have made a short photo series in the Westergren museum and here below please find some photo’s. The full series can be seen on SmugMug (please click).

 

 

 

 

Fotografia – Portraits in black & white

Young at heart

Fotografia – In Flanders Fields

A new long term project, that  I want to work on and actually just started is the Great War. This war, as all other wars, was a real disaster. So many people lost their lives. It was a dirty catastrophic war. Just some figures to get an understanding of the magnitude of how terrible it all was: 64 million soldiers took up their weapons, 10 million died. The four years resulted in 40 million people that were wounded and injured.

I live not too far away from the battlefields of this war, in Belgium. I made a first day trip in February 2019 around Ieper. I want to go back more often in order to to have a better understanding of what happened and pay a tribute to the people that lost their precious lives.

Poem of John Mc Crea: “In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce head amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt down, saw sunset glow

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie in

in Flanders Fields

 

Fotografia – Inspiration

Through this post we would like to share with you links to photographers and photo sites that do inspire us and hopefully will also inspire you in your photographic journey. Please feel free to send us a link of a photographer that inspires you a lot.  Please click on the name of the photographer or name of the website and then you will be automatically linked.

Photographers

Maria Joao Arcanjo. Maria Joao is from Lisbon, Portugal. I do not know much more about her, but I have seen work of her on different websites and I admire her work. She is writing on one of the websites: “I share moments and emotions: I use photos for that”. She is just great in people photography, both in B&W and colour. Please visit as well these two websites where you will find her photo’s: https://500px.com/m-j-arcanjo and http://www.fineart-portugal.com/author/112

Alessandro Bergamini was born in Finale Emilia in Italy, in 1986. He started photography with an old reflex camera of his father and from there his artistic and spiritual journey began. I saw his photos on Instagram and when I visited his website I discovered the fantastic photos of his travels to India, Birma, Ethiopia, China. In his photos Alessandro is able to express the maximum of atmosphere  of his journeys, with a great respect for the people he is photographing. His colour work is real top. His work was also published in National Geographic and Digital Camera.

Ebru Ceylan was born in Ankara, Turkey, 1976. She started photography in 1992 in Ankara and she had solo exhibitions in Turkey and Europe and participated in group exhibitions and won man awards. She participated in several films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan as actress, scriptwriter and art director. She is going on making films and photographs.

Vlad Dumitrescu.  He writes on his website: I have been in love with my country for all my life. All the trips that I made during my childhood helped me feel this way. I did not miss any opportunity to discover new places or to revisit some that were already dear to me. I have met people, I have entered a little in their lives and I have listened to their stories. I discovered photography many years ago. Through my camera, I managed to bring home a bit of what I experienced on my trips and share with others what I saw and felt. In time, I have been slowly drawn into the life of Romanian village. I like, first of all, its people and the traditions that, fortunately, are still preserved in some places… I like to think that my pictures will be able to keep some of its charm, the charm of the Romanian village.

Vlad is photographing people and rural life, in the way how I would like to photograph. I have great respect of his craftsmanship. I strongly recommend to visit his website!

Nikos Economopoulos was born in the Peloponnese, Greece. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist. In 1988 he started photographing in Greece and Turkey, and eventually abandoned journalism in order to dedicate himself to photography. He joined Magnum in 1990. His work is a great inspiration for me. I can not make a selection for you. I love all his work.

Raffaele Monepaone was born on May 5, 1980 in Vibo Valentia, Italy. We first saw Raffaele’s work in an article in the Black & White Photo Magazine about centennials in Calabria and then visited his web site. The project Life he worked on is awesome. Raffaele is a very talented photographer.

Jean-Baptiste Pellerin just recently “discovered” Jean-Baptiste through the newsletter of British Journal of Photography. There was a link to an article about the backtothestreet project and it opened with the heading “I want to make you look at the wonderful people all around you”. And that is what Jean-Baptiste is capturing in his photos. Street photography “pur sang”. Highly recommended!

Raghu RaiRaghu Rai was born in the small village of Jhhang, now part of Pakistan. He took up photography in 1965, and the following year joined The Statesman newspaper as its chief photographer. Impressed by an exhibit of his work in Paris in 1971, Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977. Rai left The Statesman in 1976 to work as picture editor for Sunday, a weekly news magazine published in Calcutta. He left in 1980 and worked as Picture Editor/Visualizer/Photographer for India Today, India’s leading news magazine, during its formative years. From 1982 to 1991, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine. In the last 18 years, Rai has specialised in extensive coverage of India. He has produced more than 18 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, TajMahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa. For Greenpeace, he has completed an in-depth documentary project on the chemical disaster at Bhopal in 1984, and on its ongoing effects on the lives of gas victims. I saw a documentary on television of him and his daughter. I was very impressed by his photography, in particular the photos of Mother Teresa.

Omar Z Robles (new)  NYC based photographer. Born and raised in Puerto Rico. His interest in story telling began with one man: Marcel Marceau. The legendary mime actor taught him how to interpret the world through subtle but riveting movements. Those movements that he acquired as a student in Paris, he employs today in his photo series of ballet dancers. In New York City, he transformed the aesthetic of his street photography by substituting the New Yorker with the New York dancer. Robles directed the dancers to tell stories with their bodies as he had learned from Marceau. The results were an army of miniature stories as told by the gentle flow of the dancers’ bodies. For me Omar is unique and his photos are a piece of art. There are also some films on his website and I recommend you to watch these!

Hamid Sardar (new). In the LFI magazine I read an article about Hamid’s book: Dark Heavens. I ordered the book and yesterday it was delivered at our house. The book is a master piece. It contains photos of the shamans and hunters of Mongolia. Hamid Sardar (born 1966) is an explorer, photographer and award winning filmmaker based in Paris, France. Most recently he has dedicated his time to exploring Mongolia and bringing awareness to the plight of its various nomadic traditions through his award winning photography and film.

Chris Terry. Chris Terry is a London based Photographer shooting celebrities, portraits, food and travel for advertising, magazines and books.I got to know about Chris Terry through an article by Tim Clinch in Black+White Photography. What Tim said in his article is very true: You are left with a sense that here is a photographer who cares about stuff.

Takis Tloupas, 1920 – 2003. When we lived in Greece we bought the book ” Greece through the lens of Takis Tloupas”. With his scooter he traveled all over Greece photographing the most beautiful corners, from Pineios river and Lake Karla, to Skopelos and Crete. Milestone in his career is the award in 1994, from by the Ministry of Culture, where together with other 50 personalities of Literature and Arts, he was honored for his contribution to cultural life. We are really touched by his photos of Greece. The valuable material of Takis Tloupas is archived and is available to anyone interested in his photography Studio that has now Tloupas daughter Vania, who as a photographer continues the tradition in the art of photography. Through Vania we bought two photos of Takis Touplas, which have a prominent place in our house in Zeeland.

Stephan Vanfleteren. (Kortrijk, 1969) studied photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels (1988-1992). He worked as a freelance photographer for the newspaper De Morgen from 1993 to 2009, but continued to be involved in his own projects. He specialises in black-and-white portraits and extensive reports at home and abroad. He is currently mainly working for foreign newspapers and magazines. Last week I visited the exhibition “Surf Tribe” in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. He explains in this  project a culture in which a deep respect for the ocean dominates. No action photos on azure blue waves in this photo series, but serene black-and-wight portraits in Vanfleteren’s pure and haunting style.

 

Vanessa Winship (born 1960) is a British photographer, who works on long term projects of portrait, landscape, reportage and documentary photography. I very much like her book Sweet Nothings: The Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia (2007), which I gave once as a present to Yvonne and her friend. The photos in this book I can look at, over and over again.

Fotografia – Recent Work

Bodegas in Dueñas

In September we have been traveling with our camper through the North of Spain. We had a great time in this beautiful part of Spain. We started in the mountains of the Picos de Europe and then continued our journey along the north west coast of Spain. The last week we moved downwards and stayed in a rural area in Ampudia.

Please click on the link below, which will bring you to the serie in SmugMug where we have made a selection of the many photos we have made during our journey. Further below we have uploaded an extract of our photo gallery in SmugMug. But again it is worthwhile to see all our photo’s on Smugmug.

The North of Spain

Mallos de Riglos, Aragon

 

Bodega’s in Castilla y León

 

Ampudia

Fotografia – Gallery of the Month

Greece

The gallery of the month is a serie of photos taken during our camper trip on Greece’s mainland, in the land of the Souliots. Souli (Greek: Σούλι) is a municipality in Epirus, northwestern Greece. It was originally settled by both Greek and Albanian refugees who sought refuge in the mountainous terrain from the Ottomans, coming from areas such as Laberia in what became Albania and Thesprotia in what became Greece. In early modern times, it was inhabited by about 12,000 Souliotes. More photos of Greece’s mainland can be found on SmugMug in the folder Greece.

The Dance of Zalongo refers to the mass suicide of women from Souli and their children during the Souliote War of 1803, near the village of Zalongo in Epirus, in the then-Ottoman Empire. It occurred on 16 December 1803. In order to avoid capture and enslavement, the women threw their children first and then themselves off a steep cliff, committing suicide. According to the legend, they jumped down the precipice one after the other while singing and dancing. More photos can be found on our SmugMug photo site.