Stepping out of my comfort zone, trying out some old ideas that I’ve had for a while but not daring to try until now. I don’t know why really. But anyways, I’m quite happy I tried.
Took some pictures of my friend and colleague from Pinchos, Ove. Used some of my new studio equipment and used a clamshell technique with the light mainly. What do you think?
The months from September to the new year hasn’t been anything special. For some reason I continued working with my two jobs and took assignments through my company while taking on full-time studies.
But here’s some pictures I’ve taken from September to the end of December.
And that’s pretty much it from this period. I’m looking forward to what 2019 will bring. l wish I had pictures of my New Years celebration in Hamburg but my friends that I went there with would not have me bringing my camera. But next time they won’t be able to stop me. Oh and Happy New Year!
In September 2018 I went to Malaysia to meet my friend Jeremy. We decided, sort of on whim, to go to Bangkok together. We spent approximately ten days there and met a lot of fun and interesting people. It’s interesting when you go to a place and you just happen to get friends for life.
One of the first things that happened already in Malaysia was when we were in the car towards Melaka from Kuala Lumpur. I was looking for the seatbelts in Jeremy’s car when they told me:
”You’re such a westerner”. It took me well over ten minutes to get the dusty underused seatbelt from under the seats.
And i't’s not the driver I’m not trusting. It’s the other drivers.. and possibly the roads. This was the same in Thailand. Traffic was hell and I truly respect everyone who drives a car there and survives everyday life. At first I was terrified but grew accustomed to it after a while.
People told me not to tip before I came over but one experience left me.. well, I changed my view on that. I started to hang out with a bartender and he invited me to continue at home with his housemates. They lived in a room no bigger than 35 square meters, six people. He also told me that he worked 12 hours a day and earned 300 baht (at the moment that’s 83 Swedish crowns). It left me speechless.
Anyways, except that surprise I had a really good time. Also took pictures of a model. I spent days looking for people and finally I got in contact with Mark, a natural and such a nice guy.
As we say in Swedish (although it’s really Latin), summa summarum; I will go back to Thailand. I’m even exploring options to move there some day. Time will tell.
Saturday night and things didn’t go as planned. I ended up sitting my ass off on the couch with a picture of my friend Filip and another of my friend Jose. I started experimenting with some techniques and learned a few new ones.
So basically I wanted to exaggerate plastic beauty and show something raw underneath and for now I’ll pat myself on the shoulder and say that I succeeded. Maybe I’m not finished with it. Are we ever finished with anything? Anyways, I’ll let the ever nagging ambivalence settle upon me later.
I thought that I could start filling people in a bit about my work. Like, why not? At the moment I’m missing one of my dearest friends in Malaysia. Got me thinking about the pictures I took there. He treated me with the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had. Kopi luwak, or more commonly known as cat poop coffee.
He showed me around the city and his girlfriend took me to places when he was too tired or was out on errands. Things work so differently there. It didn’t surprise me, I knew it’d be different but I didn’t know I would be left with a feeling I would want to move there or some place similar some day.
During the day they showed me different land marks and historical sites and at one point we were chased by monkeys. During the night we went to different parts bars and beers in the streets. We also ended up at some local club where they had a wonderful cover band.
I spent time with his girlfriend, had breakfast with his mother and got to take pictures of his beautiful sister. I long for the day I visit them again. Good times!