This is Exactly How I Feel

Jed sometimes laughs at me and call me a sunflower, because in this bleak country, when spring finally comes, it’s hard not to stop in the middle of the street and turn your face towards the sun and just try to soak it up.

And I’m not the only one to hunt the sunny spots…

My Silver Lomo

Self Portraits Florence 2011
Self Portrait, Florence 2011

Back in 2009 I got myself a Lomo LC-A, and I love it to death. I love the immediacy, the shoot-from-the hip mentality, the ever varying results regarding light and colour and sharpness. I love the fact that you can never really know what the image is going to look like. Processing a film is always a surprise. Some images look like crap, and some will be incredibly deep in colour in a sort of eerie way that I can’t explain. It’s a bit of nostalgia, I think, having an analogue, plastic little point-and-shoot. And because it takes you a second to raise it up and shoot (no beeps, no lights, no autofocus), and because you acknowledge imperfection, sometimes you catch moments that you would normally miss. I always bring it with me on trips as an extra backup camera, and I keep bringing back a different perspective.

But that was just the background to this post, really…

As some might have noticed I love cameras and photography a lot. It’s sort of a dear hobby of mine. So, when Jed announced that he was going to make me a silver pendant in the shape of a camera I got very SQUEEEEEE and excited! I wasn’t sure what the result would be though, and I tried to give some hints on how to use the silver clay, but all in all he made this thing by hand all on his own.

And I can’t believe HOW CUTE IT IS! I mean, come on, LOOK AT IT! It’s a teeny tiny Lomo for heaven’s sake!

I love it. I will cherish it until my dying breath. I mean, it’s one thing to buy your woman some bling bling, but to make something like this is just extra awesome. And he always is. Awesome.

Handmade Silver Lomo Pendant

Handmade Silver Lomo Pendant

Look for the Light – Spring and Photography and Energy

Cecilia, Spring 2012

Early springtime is hitting Sweden as of now; it’s still a bit chilly but if you find the right spots, you can still take of your coat and sit for a while in the sunshine and enjoy the moment. This means that suddenly there’s actual daylight! Beautiful, sunny daylight! That means more hours per day of possible photography.

I really love to photograph people. I can not stress that enough. But I am always terrified of missing the moment, not being able enough, and loosing the shots. So, I’m in desperate need of practice, so that I start feel comfortable with it, you know, to get rid of the nerves.

So this weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to take a few shots of my friend Cecilia, an opportunity for which I am very grateful (Most people I know, while not very shy at all, do not want to have their picture taken).

Just being out in the sunshine was great, a big burst of energy, but also, it was a lot of fun just walking around finding new spot to shoot in, and I really got a lot of time to mess about with the settings on my SLR.

Below are two of my absolute favourite shots. I feel rather proud of them, and this is the reason: I have known Cecilia for ten years. She is a beautiful girl. And I feel that I have a caught a moment when she is feeling happy and beautiful herself. And that’s my favourite part of photographing people.

Cecilia, Spring 2012

Cecilia, Spring 2012

This post is cross posted at jenandtricks.com