New Year, New Opportunities

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I wrote here last time, or on any kind of blog. I've neglected to blog for quite some time now. In early 2010 I usually spent a lot of time writing to my heart's content, but as time passed by and I got more responsibilities at work, I just didn't feel like I had the time or energy to spend it at writing.

At the end of 2017, I started thinking about how much writing has done for me as a person. It's a great way to self-reflect and to share thoughts. Even if I wouldn't get that many interactions from time to time, it was always a way for me to express what I liked, what I felt, what made me worry and what made some days go by quicker than others.

So here we are; a new year with already grand plans for what's to come. I've more or less started at a new position at my current workplace - which feels great. I've also booked a trip to Hong Kong and Seoul with two amazing friends. And just around the corner is a concert with Nils Frahm that I've been longing for since early autumn.

Last time I really wrote anything of notice on this blog was after I had been to Prague. What has happened since then?

Well, I spent most of the year working hard. Both when it came to my own interests, like photography, but also at work. I took some pictures I was very proud of during eight months of 2017. Some of my favourites were pictures of friends. They're probably one of the biggest reasons I keep on shooting every year, due to their supportive comments.


Most of my pictures from last year weren't portraits however. I tried to capture some of my daily life and I kept on working through an endless backlog of photos from previous years. And maybe that's a part of why I want to start writing here again. I want to show what I do and who I meet in my daily life mor often. Not only show these things that are staged, but maybe more of the things that I stumble upon.


My friend Jonas decided that he wanted to study abroad during autumn. He had a few choices but in the end he ended up going to Hong Kong. As it was decided on his part, I decided that I should actually try to find my way over there and hang out with him some. I'm happy that I made that decision, because I really enjoyed Hong Kong.

It was so warm though, so I didn't find the energy to take as many pictures as I wished. I spent a lot of the day trying to find some shadows so I didn't have to become a messy goo of sweat. 


My trip to Hong Kong turned out so great that I'm actually going back this summer in June, with a couple of friends. I'm so excited to explore more of it and show my friends a city unlike many others I've seen.

And oh, yeah, I went back to Japan again. I just could keep myself from doing it. This time however, I spent the cash on getting myself a JR Pass and traveling further south than I've been before. I said hi to my friends in Tokyo, rode the Shinkansen to Kyoto and revisited a few old memories and found a couple of new places before heading down to Kyushu and Kumamoto. This was the place where I experienced hot springs for the first time and I'm now even more sure that I want to travel away again to relieve it.


I never really have liked the idea of making promises to myself around the start of a new year. But I really hope that I can keep up with this idea of writing once in a while. Maybe once a week, maybe every other two weeks. Who knows? 

That said, I hope you enjoyed reading this! I'd also like to ask if there would be anything that you'd like me to write about? I'm really open to ideas and I'd love to share anything with you. So leave a comment below if anything comes to your mind. I'll be happy to do my best to write about it.

A post about Prague

I traveled recently! And I felt like I had to write about it since I'm so bad at doing it nowadays. Me and my friends decided to take a short weekend in Prague as the end of summer arrived in Sweden. I had anticipated going away for quite some time since I've been in Sweden since I came back from Japan in November.

We arrived on Thursday and started exploring. I was quite taken by how pretty and old the city looked. Most of the inner city is filled to the brim with older architecture. Not much seems to be new. 

We didn't do that much on our first day. We ate food, drank beer and some of us tried to drink some Absinthe. I abstained, as my previous experiences with the green fairy hasn't been all that positive.

The second day we decided on going up in Petrin Tower. What a magnificent sight! Seeing this expansive Old Town from up above, with the river crawling around it.

We had an appointment later on that day for a room escape game in the middle of Old Town, so we mostly strolled around and enjoyed the sights, while taking a drink along the way. 

We managed to solve the room escape game quite quickly, while getting stuck only twice. It was a really fun experience!

After that we headed to our next destination, which was this vegetarian restaurant a bit from the city center. The food was fantastic! I haven't eaten vegetarian food in a while that tasted that good. A really good experience. If you're in Prague I can only recommend checking Etnosvět.

We got some tips from the waiter that we should check out Prague Food Battle by the river during Saturday. So we started out by walking down to the Jewish Cemetery and continuing towards the river bench.

On our way down I spotted a building which I didn't think I would see. While I was in Tokyo last autumn I went to an exhibit of Frank Gehry's work over at 20_20 Design Sight. I was impressed by the production of these fantastic buildings, one of them being Dancing House. Suddenly I saw it in Prague, with my own eyes! It's a fantastic building which really shows that your imagination has no limits.

The food battle down by the river was really nice. 

We then headed out to another escape room, this time we had to split into two different teams. My team did really well, and we managed to get out with quite some time left!

For the evening we had booked tables as another restaurant that some of the people in our party already had visited in an earlier trip to Prague. Brasilierio is a Brazilian restaurant with quite an interesting concept. You get a small paper with a red and green side. If the green side is up, you'll find a waiter walking around with meats of various sorts which slices it up for your plate.

I was so full after this meal that I decided to go home and rest, to get up early the next morning. Which probably was a good choice.

The day after I decided to split from the group to check out the National Museum of Prague and their collection of modern art. The main reason I wanted to check it out was because of the exhibition of Alphonse Mucha's "The Slav Epic", but I got to see the rest of the exhibits for free as I was carrying my student ID. I was positively surprised by the variation of art that was exhibited. From the local favourites to Monét, from wall paintings to architecture. 

And I was not disappointed by checking out "The Slav Epic". It was breathtaking seeing these enormous paintings with immense detail. I had a hard time comprehending how much work was put into it, and I still have. Definitively one of the cooler things I had seen in a while.

The weekend passed by quite quickly. But as always, getting home and laying down in my own bed was an unbeatable feeling. 


Tokyo '14-15

I feel awful for not having written a single post here on the blog since August, but as work is getting a bit calmer and I've visited Tokyo once again, it's time to get started again!

I've been working on this small video from my past two trips to Tokyo. It's nothing special, but I'm satisfied with it none the less. 

The music comes from one of my favourite artists from Japan at the moment, KLOOZ. Check out the original music video over here.

Back to blogging!

Time to start blogging! I guess this is my real first post on this blog since I got it up and running. It's been a slow year when it comes to photography, mostly due to work and other things getting in the way, but I'm finally excited about some upcoming stuff.


First off; I'm traveling back to Tokyo on the 23rd of October again! I'm psyched about leaving for the city that has made a deep impact on me. Me and my colleague and friend Alexander are going to spend the first two weeks together in Tokyo, then I'm all alone for a week of fun! If you have any tips regarding o what I should check out, feel free to leave a comment below!

A few weeks ago I helped my friend Jonas E with a project of his. He wanted to make a lookbook video for his first blog post on Nordic Style Magazine.  His blog launched today so I thought I might write a few words about the shoot and some technical details.

We started out around 10 o'clock in the morning, with the sun shining brightly. The location was going to be in front of the stairs of the University Hall in Uppsala. The whole shoot took about two hours, which was probably exactly the right amount of time considering rain started pouring later that afternoon.

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As the sun was shining quite bright I think I made a good decision of bringing my reflector. We could fix some shadow in both face and on the clothes so the shadows weren't overwhelming the image. Jonas wanted to use his camera equipment since he needed some help on understanding how to do it in the future, but in the end it was a mix of his camera and my lens. We shot with a Nikon D3100 and my dear Samyang 85mm/ƒ1.4 (still the best bang for buck I've ever purchased!). The result? Check the video down below.

After that I asked to take a portrait or two of Jonas. I tried out some new retouching techniques for the first time when editing these. The results turned out pretty good in my opinion! I love the colour palette especially. (Click the images below to see them in higher resolution)

What we learned? Well, to begin with, as the D3100 is limited to shooting 720p/30fps the video turned out to not like the slow-motion effect when editing. It got quite laggy and to combat that we used Optical Flow in FCP. Of course, the best option would've been to have a DSLR that shot 60fps. Next time!

As the D3100 also has a very low-resolution LCD, the composition of the stars honestly seemed fine and "straight". As the video shows however, the lines are not exactly straight. Also, it might be better to have one camera filming the whole body the whole time, while having another one for close ups, as changing the position from camera time to time made shots a bit different from the other.

Of course, both of these problems are quite minor in comparison to how great the video came out in the end! Jonas made a brilliant edit, and I hope that we get a new chance soon to make it even better.

In the mean time, please check up his blog in the link above or his Instagram over at @jonviker.

I would like to take a moment to people saying that if you're interested in standing model for me sometime, please leave me an email or comment below! I might not be able to do it straight away, but I will without a doubt contact you if there's a spot where it would be possible.