Reflections on a photographic journey

I like to ponder about my personal journey…
Where do I come from?
Where am I?
Why am I here?
How did I come here?
Where am I going?
Where do I want to go?
What can I do now to arrive there?

I often ask myself these questions, maybe more than I should. Multiple times a month, sometimes even multiple times a week or a day. Spending countless of hours having those reflections has become both a hobby and a need. I’m not really a New Year resolutions person, but I’ve recently used the opportunity given by the New Year to review the state of my journey. Indeed this year there was a happy coincidence that New Year happened soon after I left home to go 3000 km north to spend (at least) a few years above 65º North. Continue reading “Reflections on a photographic journey”

Sharing the Adventures in The North of my Plastic Friends.

Objectives

Woody and Jessie are taking their objectives seriously this year.

When we launched the first word reflections and made the connection with objectives, an image of Woody doing something with optic glass entered my mind. Words do that to me, they make me jump from one word to the other on to a different meaning and then sometimes there is that one image, linked to a word. An association made, an image that must be shot. I am sure that some of you will recognize the feeling. Continue reading “Objectives”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Reflections

The first month of the year.

January was a month of reflections.
A month of exploring why we are doing what we do.
Where we want to go and get some guidance and directions.
We don’t want to go the heavy road of human introspection and become all philosophical on you.
Just simple reflection.
Reflect on the past to look at the future.
Come up with a plan.
A creative roadmap. Continue reading “Reflections”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Looking at photography through a different lens

Earlier this month I signed up for a G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. The one I applied for was not your traditional mentorship where you explore a particular technique like “How do you See” or “Blur and Unsharp”, but one more focused on an interior exploration. I’ve embarked on a six week journey called “Breathing in Beauty, Creativity & Gratitude”. Continue reading “Looking at photography through a different lens”

How did Shelly do?

Shelly ask in her blogpost an open heart and an open mind: “How did I do, Kristina?” After some consideration I decided to reply with a blogpost :) Suddenly I don’t know where to start; maybe I should start in Sweden, late last August on the Baltic Toy Safari, or should I start in May with the Seattle Toy Safari? Never mind I’ll start by saying I’m impressed with Shelly’s mission to take the opportunity of the safari to have an open mind and an open heart towards whatever happened. I will have to borrow that mission for the next Safari I attend. Continue reading “How did Shelly do?”

Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been

My first thought when I read the nostalgia challenge was that this one is written for me.

“As an assignment, create a photographic work that consciously wrestles with the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and photography’s unique relationship to it.”

My second thought was, I don’t even have to do this one because I’ve already done it. I do it all the time; I’m constantly wrestling with the concept of nostalgia. So many of my pictures with the troopers are connected to the theme of nostalgia. Or they are about being a parent exploring the world through the eyes of a child. Or they are about being a child longing for a parents attention or love. Suddenly I started to overthink myself: is this really the concept I wrestle with? I’m not sure… Continue reading “Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been”

A toy safari is a chance to share a passion

We just have to accept that Kristina is not a group person

I have spent five amazing days in Seattle with the Toy-Safari-group. This is my second safari, since I attended my first in Waxholm last summer and I meet Shelly and the European StuckinPlastic people for the first time. Without the great experience in Waxholm, I would never have ended up in Seattle for this safari. Why? Because just as the quote says in the beginning of this blog post, I’m not a group person, or maybe I’m just a  group person for a toy-safari. Continue reading “A toy safari is a chance to share a passion”

Reflections on a different kind of photo challenge

I have to start my reflections on the photo challenge that Shelly presented on December 6th by being frank and tell you the truth: I don’t like writing about my pictures. I believe strongly that my pictures should be able to stand by themselves. Words are much stronger then pictures and we’re trained to take in the words before the picture so I tend to be rather moderate in my writing. So this challenge  was difficult for me and I wouldn’t have chosen if for myself, so thank you Shelly for getting me out of my comfort zone. Continue reading “Reflections on a different kind of photo challenge”