Wedding times

 

Yesterday, my cousin Lina married her Mattias.
I was there to shoot most of the event and is now looking forward to a huge effort to edit all the photos and hand it over to the newly wed.

This is a few teasers from the big day:

 

Postcard from India

 

The first postcard I’ve gotten is from my friend Uma in Chennai, India. I met Uma the first time in february 2007 when she invited me and several friends to visit for her daughters wedding. A proper traditional Indian wedding.
She introduced me to a whole new culture, a new way of seeing things and is today one of my closest friends that has helped me understand both my own culture from an outsiders point of view and a complex culture such as the Indian one. The only thing that needs to be sorted is the fact that she has seen more Ingmar Bergman movies than I have. That is unacceptable.
This is the note that comes with the postcard:

This picture I took in 2006 on my Kashmir holiday. These kids swarmed around us, smiled, sang, danced and kept us company. I just loved their beautiful looks and spontaneity. Seeing this again I send them a kiss and hope they travel across the globe on your postcard blog. :)

If you haven’t done so, please send me a nice postcard from a place or a situation that means something to you! You can do so for a low cost at postcard.com if you don’t happen to have a physical one laying around.

Zenit-E

 

Last week, I had this sudden impulse to start looking for an old analogue camera. I haven’t used an analogue camera in over ten years, and I have practically no experience in using one. I was therefore attracted to the idea of learning the craft from the beginning.
I went online and finally found a Zenit-E on e-bay for the sum of $25!

Zenit-E was made in Russia during 1965 and 1982 and sold in more than 12 million units. A big deal back then. Eventually the company died from the competition by better Japanese brands.
I was unsure weather it would actually work, mine is from 1973 and is older than myself!

When I got it and opened the package, I was very impressed. The quality of it is better than my four year old digital, in part because of the sturdy metal casing. You can clearly tell that this camera was built in an age when things were meant to last.
The camera is completely mechanic. It doesn’t even use batteries for the light meter. Instead the light meter works with selenium gas that reacts with the light and tell you what iso, aperture and shutter speed to use.
It feels like walking around with a brick and when you look through the viewfinder, you are immediatelly transported back to an age when the world was slightly yellow and worn down.

I shot two quick rolls and turned it in for development. Today I picked them up and was surprised by the result. Not only does the camera work, I’m actually quite happy with them.
I have done no editing at all with these pictures, I wanted to see the exact quality the camera produced as it is so that I can learn and adapt to the cameras peculiarities.
This is what I got:

 

Creativity

 

Creativity is something that has been an interest of mine for a long time.
It was one of the things that I wanted to explore during my trip, even though I never really had a plan of what to do or not.

These days, creativity is a very popular subject. Brothers Teo and Fredrik Hären has made tons of money writing and speaking about it and one of their books was recently listed as one of the 100 most important books in business. That shows how something like creativity, traditionally not a very popular subject in most businesses, except among a few individuals, has suddenly become very popular.

We easily associate creaitivty with certain proffessions. Designers, science, product development, musicians, artists and so on. It has not been as common to talk about service, industry or office work as being creative.
Earlier in history, creativity has been a luxury and interest of the few, but for most people, it has rather been avoided. Peasants in feodal europe or the factory worker were not supposed to think too much, that only caused problems. Today, we still suffer from that kind of thinking, while at the same time, people in all types of businesses are expected to be more responsible, initiative-taking individuals that also solve problems in a creative way.

For me, creativity is not something that only matters for the few. For me it is about living. Every human being is creative, it is just as natural to us as breathing. No one is more or less creative, but are born with a full capacity.
What then happens is that we are molded and conditioned through years of upbringning, school and life in a society where creativity is not only discouraged, but also punished.
The ones who we normally refer to as being creative, is people who for some reason has remained unblocked or who for some reason has begun to unlearn that which holds us back.

The last few years, I have come to realize that creativity is both important and fun, and that there is a point in challenging our ideas and ways of thinking. To try new things and explore all aspects of life. Wether my life actually gets better, I don’t know, that’s not the point, the point is that I find it enjoyable.