Misadventures on a photo assigment

I’m not into cars.
For me, a car is mainly a utility object and not something I find particularly interesting to look at. If there’s one type of car I still find remotely beautiful, it’s the old and classic ones though.

So, when we got the assignment from LEGO to photograph the Creator Expert cars, I wasn’t too thrilled. The only Creator cars I didn’t own were the ones I found the least interesting. And those that fit the least in the Finnish Wilderness. Like the Aston Martin.
Nevertheless, I decided to finally build my VW Camper Van (which I bought more than 2 years ago…) and join the project.

Photographing it was one of the most difficult photographic exercises I’ve ever done. Not only for me but for my subject too.

Here are the (mis)adventures of my camper van…

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Das Auto

June 2nd 2016. Memory Lane. The forbidden section. The LEGO House, Billund.
Our host of the day dives behind the barrier and comes back with a box behind his back and calls out: “No pictures”. He slowly reveals the box and a blue car appears and I instantly know I have fallen in love. Continue reading “Das Auto”

Graffiti

The Sjaman in action over morning coffee …

When we woke up this morning in Alta we found a trace of red paint outside the Camper.

An ancient red paint with traces of copper and ox blood mixed into it (did you know that red was the very first color which got its own name ?)

It didn’t take long before the Ladies found a hidden track behind the Camper and took the whole Crew on a morning walk into the protected World Heritage Site of Rock Art at Alta.

Boats 4K years ago …

The Sjaman on duty explained the true secret of of the Northern Light would be revealed if we traveled to a small fisherman village up in the North listening to the name of Geirsver.

Without hesitation we returned to the Camper and continued our quest up to the village completely impressed by this prehistoric graffiti and the promise of getting yet another clue in our adventure.

On the road up North we took a few detours to do a mandatory check in on Facebook in the city of Hammerfest, the very first city in Europe to have electrical street lights and made some stops to collect Pebbles.

Pebbles on the road …

Pebbles seems to be a key ingredient in our quest …

Right now the Crew is out and about shooting some magic in the last midnight sun covering the village of Geirsver.

Lets keep our fingers crossed we can post some stunning HDR over the coffee when we take a deeper look why we are at Nordkapp  …

Me2 and Crew …

Full House

Day two is coming to a close and we had a full house today.

We left in the early mornings the classic city of Gothenburg behind and started the epic trek up north following the good old inlandsvagen route and explicitly avoiding the “recommended” GPS instructions we stuck onto our dashboard and forcing modern technology into taking this route of beauty.

Our very first quick stop in the morning was Håverud, where horse, train and boat meet each other in an epic wonder of technology constructed in the hay days of industrial revolution. In the far backend you can see the car (previously horse) bridge crossing the river, followed by the copper train track and last but not least the waterways including a boat aquaduct called the Dalsland Canal created mid 1800. Our little camper is parked in front and you can expect some more #selfies along the road.

The crew had the pleasure of seeing the whole water works in action, and for the next few miles everyone was discussing the wonders of train and boat travel while our little engine just ploughed along and there were mentions of following Agatha Christie on the Nile and the Orient Express.

Are we missing a murder mystery here or is it just the longing for the travel.

And indeed travelling it is.

Long roads of green scandinavian trees and very bad 1/2/3/4G coverage (we were equipped with our three national internet carriers and explored quite some prehistoric black spots amongst our devices) made you wonder how communications, friendships and global world domination of being stuck in plastic worked in the olden days when everything took time and pigeons were the major mode of communications.

We had some tea with Selma Ottilia Lovisa and Nils and shared some of our travel stories with these two routined Nobel Price winners before we moved on to meet with Anders Zorn in Mora and discuss some of his great paintings in our epic quest for the Northern Light.

Right now we have reached the “middle” of Sweden called Ostersund and are taking a quick stop over before we embark on the next big hike up north. 

Shelly (@xxsjc) and Kristy (@sydneybrickchick) are out and about looking for some magical light in the long hours after sunset.
@herrk and @east_mountain went out for some quick boules, while the rest of the crew is catching up with doing dishes, having quick beauty sleeps or processing some of the RAW materials of the day ….

Tomorrow morning is a new day ahead of us.

Mosquitos, here we come !