My, How the World Has Changed.

One of my friends has recently come to discover her true self, the ever forming journey and I want to congratulate her on this and her newfound daily practice of Yoga. Those who simply refuse to see the mental and physical benefits of Yoga, simply need to give it a week trial and THEN they can tell me how its too new agey (let’s not even mention how much of a contradiction “yoga” and “new agey” are to each other) and how it leads people to paganism…..
Anyway, back to Sarah and her awesome new habits and mind set! Love you my dear and know that my thoughts are with you and if you ever need anything, you know where to find me.



Well. I guess the world itself hasn’t necessarily changed, but I definitely have.

And to think, I almost left it all behind before letting the change occur.

You see, I recently returned from a four month excursion to Colorado. I lived in Colorado Springs.

I began my journey in May, starting raft guide training. I trained for a grueling month and a half.

After the first 3 days, however, I wanted to quit. I wanted so bad to just quit this difficult journey and return home to my kush lifestyle of working, working out, and just breathing.

But I didn’t. I couldn’t. My mind was made up and I had to stick to my plans. So I did, and I overcame, and became a raft guide.

I must say that much of this change I’ve experienced has directly stemmed from that. I’m a more confident person. I believe that…

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Five Years

Congratulations Otto!

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Skumringen senker seg over den koloniale delen av Trinidad

Two days ago, I got a notice from WordPress, stating that I registered on five years ago. In other words, I have a little anniversary to celebrate. Those five years have just flown away. It wasn’t this blog you are reading here I started out with, but the one I co-edit with my friend and colleague Øystein Mikalsen, which is called Untold Stories. That blog is still running but more sporadically whenever we travel in order to make journalistic stories from around the world.

This blog here came about a little later, but has taken the main focus ever since the start. As I just wrote, time has gone by really fast. 384 posts later (with this blog only), it almost feels like I wrote my first post just a short time ago. As all other bloggers I started without really knowing what I was getting myself into. When…

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A Double Edged Sword

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Don’t we all have to admit it; that we as photographers or creative persons of some form – at least to some extent – all crave for recognition, one way or another, whether we are professionals or pure amateurs? But don’t we all also know that recognition is a double edged sword? On one hand, yes, it’s nice to get recognized for the work we do, for our effort, but the flip side of the coin is when recognition becomes the driving force for our creativity. Then we stand to lose it, the uniqueness of our vision and expression. What one day may lead to recognition is ignoring what makes us crave it. That’s the only way we can create from our heart. Without heart and without ourselves invested in our creative work, it only becomes an act of deceit and thus has no artistic or creative value.

What do…

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The Colours of Spring

Beautiful spring flowers! Really gets me in the mood to head outside.

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Blåregn i Pats hage

Tulipaner i Pats hage

Tulipaner i Pats hage

En tulip i Pats hage


Tulipaner i Pats hage

Blåklokker i Pats hage

This next week is going to be quite crazy for me. I don’t think I will be able to stay much on the blog sphere and keep the contact. But I promise I will soon be back. On Tuesday I will fly out from Seattle to go to Oslo to teach a seminar for the NGO Norwegian Refugee Council. The organization has invited press and information officers from their offices all over the world. My good colleague and friend Øystein Mikalsen (with whom I often work together with – and do the blog Untold Stories together with) and I will be teaching the art of storytelling with words, still photos and video. Then on Saturday I will head back to Seattle – only to fly back to Bergen, Norway the week after that again. I said crazy, didn’t I?! Anyway I want to leave you with a handful of more…

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Finding Focus In Different Media

The Daily Post

The main medium for my creative energy is writing — whether I communicate with bloggers and editors, draft a post, or jot down something just for myself or a handful of close friends.

When I get stuck, though, one thing I almost always find useful is to stop thinking with and through words.

My default alternative is music. It might still contain verbs and nouns if it’s a voice-centric genre, but something about the abrupt transition from the written word to the clash of sounds often shakes me out of the writerly malaise I’m experiencing. Music, just like writing, often aims to convey emotion and tell a story, so hearing how a composer deals with these challenges can be incredibly illuminating.

It doesn’t have to be music, of course; it can be cooking, or playing a game, or solving a puzzle. Here is celebrated novelist Nicole Krauss, explaining how looking at visual art has helped her think about…

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Is this the end or just the beginning?

Yay! They did it!

I'm Starting A Craft Brewery

We did it!  With the help of countless individuals, family, friends, and our construction crew, we have successfully opened a craft brewery in Vancouver.  On Wednesday 17th, we had a non-posted (soft)opening and it was a huge success.  None of our systems crashed, our beer poured like it should, and we were able to see some close friends and family share in the room we created.  We opened for the weekend, and it went really well.  All our staff showed up for their shift, we didn’t piss anyone off, and our beer poured without any serious problems.

This is also the end of our journey in starting a craft brewery.  I do plan on continuing to blog about running a craft brewery, and what is happening at Strange Fellows, but how that looks and what that means is something that I am not quite sure of yet.  Without a doubt I…

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Look at Yourself

Love this! Self portraits are a favorite of mine because you get to see how people see themselves. A rare glimpse into someone’s most private opinion: the one they have about their own person hood.

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© Nancy de Flon © Nancy de Flon

© Ingunn Nesset © Ingunn Nesset

© Helen Chen © Helen Chen

© Mike Mills © Mike Mills

© Jennifer Clark © Jennifer Clark

To make self-portraits is an excellent exercise for any photographer – but maybe also one of the most challenging to do. I am not talking about easy and casual selfies – which most everybody takes these days. But to try to portrait yourself with honesty, trying to capture the true self and revealing your deepest emotions – that take both surmounting and courage.

In my eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice», making self-portraits is one of the assignments I give my students – and maybe for many one of the hardest. Nevertheless – and often despite some reluctance initially – I always find that the students come up with both creative and revealing images. Just look at the ones showcased here, taken by participants of my latest round of the eWorkshop. Aren’t they just that…

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Stories behind Stories

Space in photography is such a great concept. It speaks volumes!

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© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

When Nicolaas Kuipers attending my workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain, this spring he arrived full of energy and with an exhilarating positive attitude. He had been a passionate photographer before, but lately had put the camera away. Just before signing up for the workshop, he had found the old passion again, which was very evident during the workshop. He worked hard with his photography, he was out shooting early and late, and he was willing to open up his mind for new ideas and thoughts I and the other students in the workshop could offer him. Space was one of the concepts he really caught on to, I believe – that is the space that exists around the main subject, the scene, one could say, where the situation being photographed unfolds. Nicolaas began capturing this space…

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Little Known Ways To Make The Most Out Of Craziness

“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.” ~Jimi Hendrix

“‘Crazy’ is a term of art; ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.” ~Hunter S. Thompson

To start out with… if you have a bored friend you are out with on the weekend, make sure they don’t steal a bottle of vodka from the table next door just for kicks. It’s a fast way to end a nice weekend evening and someone will inevitably have to pay for the bottle service that was stolen. It is never worth it.

Second, try to avoid clubs where the average patron is near 45 years old and where rather large older men are being “escorted” by pretty and shapely young ladies.  I felt like I would see their pimp walk around the corner any moment. Now that I think about it… the club manager kind of looked like a pimp. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not!

Third, if you find yourself in a cool environment but then you sit down on the couch and are suddenly overwhelmed by the smell of body odor, have no fear of the repercussions of leaving. It is a better alternative to having to smell years of sweat that has soaked into pleather material of a “vintage” couch. There may have also been the faint smell of an e-cigarette filled with marijuana (efficient to a fault).

Fourth and final, watch out for cougars! That is all.

Now we get to making the most of it! We had fun regardless of all the craziness of the above. We had a few drinks, we danced a bit (especially since the seat smelled dank, we didn’t really feel like sitting) and we made some fun memories. Luckily no one wound up in jail and $300 is money that can be made back although still a lot to just lose. It’s also worth it to see what your friends are like in crisis, it’s always good to see who has your back in situations like these. Makes me very thankful for the best friends I have.

Otherwise, I’m not gonna lie, it was a weird experience and I’m not exactly sure what else there could have been as a bright side to the situation. It was crappy for everyone in the end really. The club got stolen from (paid back of course), they had grumpy customers because of the missing bottle, and we were unaware of the situation until it was already happening and could really only help with damage control. I’ve talked about good karma on here, now its time for me to talk about bad karma. This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened (I’ve never been there for it, thank goodness) and they had gotten away with it. But, if you steal… it definitely WILL come back to bite you in the ass. Maybe not right away, but eventually the universe will settle things. In the end, it’s better to have karma come sooner rather than later, just saying.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ~ Albert Einstein

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ~ Albert Einstein


L’été à Paris

I miss Paris so much, sometimes there is an actual ache! Beautiful city, with lovely people.

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Paris is a beautiful city. During the summer months millions of tourists visit the French capital, the city know for being then most romantic place in the world. They seek out the areas of Saint Germain, Montmatre or Saint-Germain, visit Île de la Cité and Notre-Dame, the Eiffel tower, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the museum of Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe or just wander along the banks of the river Seine.

This summer I spend a week in Paris with my two youngest boys of 17 (yes they are twins). We had an amazing time; their age is perfect for exploring cities like Paris. We did everything any tourist would do, walked the streets of Paris from morning to late evening, jumped around from one arrondissement to another by the Metro and most of all we enjoy just sitting down on one of the many street cafes, having a shot of…

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a fashion and beauty blog that reflects my take on feminine minimalism style with a glamorous, chic and affordable twist.

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