Gästrik Art 2017

After a break for a couple of years, I thought it was time to join again. This year I had the exhibition in Säljan, southern Sandviken at the musician Anders “Kråkan” Ågrens place. I shared the space with Helena Nyman. Great studio and very nice company, they seem to have so fun these guys that can play an instrument.
Many thanks to all who came to see our work.

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Spring 2017

Not much of what I had hoped for turned out my way so to speak, but that’s life. I will continue to run my own race that’s the only way forward. Anyway I had some fantastic days at the Norwegian Nature Photo Festival in Ski, lovely company and very interesting slide shows. A little sad if I do not have time for the spring flowers this year but it looks a bit hard to find the time. Next in line is the Art exhibition in Gästrikland, something to look forward to. If you are in the neighborhood please pay a visit at Anders “Crow” Agren south of Sandviken (Säljansvägen 213) between April 14’th and 17’th.

A workshop at the Tiomila forest with Håkan Olsén is booked in late July, it’s usually always very memorable. Then I try to take a few days off in the fall to get some time out in the woods.

Here are two different pictures that can be seen at my exhibition.
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Old memories

I’m sitting here looking through a folder with old slides that I scanned many years ago. Pretty bad quality but I guess it depends both on the photographer and a bad scanner. As memories they will do fine though.

My father, from a fishing trip at Kärringforsen in Björbo where we lived. We was always out fishing, both home and on trips to Norway. The year is 1982. Here is my father six years younger than I am now. The year after, he passed away only 50 years old.
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Here’s Mejdan, the stream behind the house where we lived. A place I miss a lot  sometimes.
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My mother and I on a boat trip up the stream in spring time. Also from 1982. My mother still lives in Björbo.
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A picture, February 8’th 2017

Can an image convey a mood, or can it convey different moods dependent on the viewer. For some people it might say nothing at all.

A picture from a sunny winter day in the beginning of the year.
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Last weekend, January 21’st 2017

Yesterday I wrote a long blog post in my Swedish blog about the “alternative truth” that the forest lobby is putting out. “everything is great with the woods”, “we need to cut down more forests to save the climate” and so on. The real truth is that we are running out of time to save the small pieces of older woodland that we have left before it’s all gone. I will not translate all that, but feel free to look at my Swedish site and use Google translate 🙂

Here is a picture from last weekend in my backyard.

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2016, Some thoughts

This will not be a big annual review, more some reflections and thoughts from the past year and maybe some hopes for 2017 as well.

At the beginning of the year I had great opportunities to be out and study nature as much as I wanted. The reason was perhaps not so nice but I put that behind me. I note that although I had the time I did not go on any long trips, but I spent valuable and rewarding time studying animal life at my little stream at home. I had great meetings with both mink, otter and beaver.

In May I started a new job that also meant I had to commute weekly again. The job is great and I’m very happy with everything. Unfortunately there has been very little time for nature- and photo-related activities, but I still feel that I probably managed to get some really good pictures, despite limited time. Next year, I hope that I will have enough time to get out in the nature here in Medelpad.

For 2017, I have some exciting things that I hope for. One is that I will exhibit at Gästrikkonst again. I also hope that we will see some impact regarding natural values, species conservation and biodiversity here in Sweden next year, it is something that is really urgent. Then of course I keep my fingers crossed for some of my friends and loved ones that are ill will be healthy and strong again.

Sorry, no snowy landscapes here. So I’ll show you this picture from Christmas day in a forest in Utanmyra, Falun.

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The Otter is back in my stream

Last weekend while I had some breakfast, I saw something splashing in the stream. I thought it was the beaver but the time of day was wrong. So I took my camera and went down to the stream. There it was, fishing in the stream. We had some snow during the night and Sunday morning I went back in the dawn. I heard some noice from the ice behind the jetty. Then I discovered the Otter again on the shore, down into the water, up on the jetty several times. Up on jetty it was putting his head down in the snow walking back and forth. I hope it will stay here for a while.

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