Curves

In naturephotography I often focus on lines and curves, the same as in my daytime work where I am teaching about lines and curves in mathematics. However, also in architecture there are not only straight lines and square angles. Buildings and bridges with curved shapes are very attracting and interesting for me and this weekend I was looking for curved lines at a special bridge. I visited the “Atlanterhavsveien”, et system of several bridges crossing little isles and skerries at the westcoast of Norway.

Especially one bridge has a curve like shape. Nearby the bridge there is a footpath which is formed without strict lines. Curves everywhere!

Enjoy!

Montblanc

Today I present a series of pictures which were taken in Hamburg. In evening I walked through the city and this shopwindow of the company “montblanc” catched my eye. It looked like ink running through the window, creating pattern and figures, new and new ones all the time. It looked like there was ink flowing and it was really fascinating! I just stood there in front of this show and had to take pictures for quite a long time. It was amazing!

Enjoy!

 

Free flowing

Recently I went to Amsterdam to see the World Press Photo exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk. The pictures were expressive and I was deeply moved. Since most of the pictures and videos addressed huge problems in our society and the world, I had a feeling of sadness and helplessness when I left the exhibition. I wandered through the streets of Amsterdam, in deep thoughts.

When walking along a narrow street without many tourists a young man’s movements to music catched my eyes. He was hula-hopping on his own. He seemed to be balanced, both his body and soul. Tyler, who had moved from Atlanta, Georgia (USA), to Amsterdam in January, told me that hula-hooping is a kind of meditation for him, a free-flowing form of self-expression. It makes him happy and I sensed this happiness was flowing over to me as well.

 

Taking the time to watch him and to photograph his artwork made me realize that not everything in this world is bad. There is a lot to be happy and thankful about.

Videos of Tyler’s hula hooping at instagram @sillyspence.

Avstemningen av kalenderbildet avgjort – Your choice

Da er det andre kalenderbilde valgt ut. The second picture for my new calender er choosen.

Bilde nummer 1 fikk 33% av stemmene, mens nummer 2, 3 og 4 hver fikk 20%. Nummer 5 fikk 7%.

Image number 1 got 33% of all votes!

Vinneren av kalenderen er Janita Welle. Gratulerer!

Her er deres yndlingsbildet. Takk til alle som var med!

Siden det er sent på året nå, velger jeg resten av bildene selv og skal gi oppdrag til produksjon nå.

Mer informasjon om kalendere kommer. Men det er selvfølgelig mulig å bestille allerede nå.

More informasjon is coming, but you can order your calender already now.

Velg et av kalenderbildene – Choose the second of the pictures to my new calendar 2016

Det nærmer seg oktober og snart skal fotokalenderen printes.

Nå har du muligheten å gi din stemme og vær med på å avgjøre et bilde til i den nye kalenderen 2016.

Du er med i utlodningen av en kalender om du skriver i kommentarfeltet, her eller på facebook, at du har gitt din stemme. Da kan jeg kontakte deg etter avstemningen.

Nedenfor ser du fem bilder. Velg det du liker best og trykk på knappen i avstemningsskjemaet. Lykke til!

Avstemningen stenges på mandag, 28.09., kl. 22.00.

I invite you to help me to decide which picture I should take inside my new calender 2016. Have a look at these five pictures and vote.

You can win one calender if you write a comment here or on facebook. Good Luck!

Please give your vote until monday, 28.09., 10 pm.

Now I am a bit curious what you will decide and who will get the calender!

Husk at du kan få oppdateringer på blogginnleggene på din e-post om du skriver inn din mailadresse i feltet på høyre side.

Valg av første kalenderbildet – Your Choice

Da er avstemningen over og du var med på å velge.

Bildet nummer 1 vant suverent med 40% av stemmene og skal være ett av tolv i min kalender 2016.

Your choice was picture nr. 1 og that will be one of the pictures of my new calendar 2016.

Evening light

Tusen takk for alle stemmene! – Thank you so much!

Det kommer en ny avstemning om noen uker. Så følg med i bloggen! – There will be a new poll some weeks later. Follow me in my blogg!

Velg et av kalenderbildene – Choose one of the pictures to my new calendar 2016

Gi din stemme og vær med på å avgjøre hvilke bilde den nye kalenderen 2016 skal få.

Nedenfor ser du fem bilder. Velg det du liker best og trykk på knappen i avstemningsskjemaet. Tusen takk!

I invite you to help me to decide which picture I should take inside my new calender 2016. Have a look at these five pictures and vote.

Thanks a lot!

Now I am a bit curious what you will decide!

 

«Ugly» motives – at the first glance

Photography: Ola Einang

Some days ago I was kayaking and enjoyed the smooth and warm evening light, birds singing and pure nature around me. When I came into a little bay I noticed an ugly, old and rusty vehicle. My first thought was: This ugly vehicle will ruin my good feeling of being in nature, with pretty nice motives everywhere.

However, soon I began to see all the red and orange colors in the rusty surface, together with the green algae. With help of the evening light the complementary colors red and green became strong. I saw all the different kinds of forms in the rust and reflections in the water. Oh, so many details to observe!

Here you see a little selection of my pictures:

 

I was not able to cope with this motive on that evening. Soon I have to turn back and continue to discover new details.

 

Photography – a mirror of reality?

Photography arised to be a documentation of reality. Before this time there were artists who got the honorable mission to paint and draw the documentation of life as it is. They got assignments to paint portraits of family members, prominent persons from public life or stories from history like war or the pest. However, there were painters who put their scaffold into the nature and found a cut-out, for example a mountain, and painted what they saw with their eyes or what and how they wished to paint.Franz Marc Blaues Pferd

Now it begins to be interesting. Painters are able to “manipulate” reality if they wish to do so. They can put in or move away persons and objects, change colors and forms. When painters startet to do this, there were a lot of criticism and irritation. To see for example blue horses in a landscape with geometrical forms were strange and not accepted.

Artists who had the same intention to find new ways to express themselves started groups, one of them “Der blaue Reiter” (1911). Today prints of those painters are decorating walls in many private houses and museums all over the world.

As todays digital photographer we can work in the same way. We can use photoshop or other computer programs or we can manipulate by using the camera in a creative way. But to manipulate photographs is not accepted in the same way as manipulating paintings is today. Photography should be a mirror of reality. Indeed, should it?

To examples:

Photodocumentary is used to document the public life, politics, parts of our society or the life of one person. The demand is to copy reality, to show the truth. The photographer is not allowed to manipulate a picture, to put in or move away persons or objects. However, any photographer is an individual with his own background and thoughts. He chooses a cut-out, perspective and lighting. He changes the contrast and saturation to emphasize the expression of a picture. Nobody has an identical view on the reality. Everybody who takes pictures has the experience that different persons can take very different pictures of one and the same situation. For example, when you are going on a trip with a photographer friend will you come back with widely unlike pictures. Whatever kind of lenses or camera you have it will always be the part of the landscape you see and find interesting. In a way it will be “your” landscape. The landscape as you see it. Or want to see it – when you avoid disturbing things, and focus on what you find most important and nice.

Photoart: With your camera you can take pictures which apparently show for example a landscape as it is, or very close to it. However, you can do like the impressionists, expressionists and surrealists were doing. If you change the reality by changing colors, forms and lights you can get expressions that you really wish.

Like surrealists Salvador Dali or Rene Margrite we can put together objects that obviously do not fit together. Today we can use a computer program to do postprocessing or just the functionalities of our camera to manipulate a picture in the way we want it to be.

In former times when photographers worked in the darkroom it was a nearly ecstatic feeling to use the hands to manipulate the image in the copying process. Ansel Adams was a really master to do this. However, he used all his cameras options as well to create the image he wished to get.

Today´s digital cameras have countless options. It is easy to take good pictures and with a little bit reading and exercise you can find out how to take even better and sharper pictures. What if we break the rules? If we move the camera while taking shoots and take blurred pictures intentionally? Is it wrong or will such photography be accepted as photoart?

Maybe the digital photoworld will give more people the chance and freedom to create images that communicate at an emotional level, like impressionists and expressionists did?