Fluorescent Heaven

God’s Own Junkyard is a place like no other, and probably one of my favourite spots in Walthamstow. If you’re ever visiting London, it’s worth the trip to the end of the Victoria Line (possibly combined with a visit to the Gin palace Mothers Ruin, or resident beer makers Wildcard Brewery, which are the nearest neighbours – Not the worst day out if you ask me!)

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All images are taken and owned by me – please do not use without permission.  

 

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It’s here! 

I made a big decision a little while back; to ditch my much loved Canon DSLR camera, and get a smaller camera. Mainly, because all too often I would let my Canon stay home because of its size and bulky-ness, and instead opt for my iPhone, which takes pretty decent pictures for everyday use – but nothing like a ‘real’ camera. 

It arrived today: my new Olympus Pen Generation. It’s the latest update of the camera, and is a rather popular model as far as I can see. And I understand why! It is a good size, exchangeable lenses, has a charming retro look, and loads of great photo capabilities and fun settings. I haven’t had a chance to properly try it out yet, but once I do, I’ll let you know what I think. 

  

Dreaming of: Olympus PEN generation

This post is a little bit painful. As anyone with a DSLR camera knows, you are either very strongly a Canon person, or a Nikon person (or something completely different, but the force is strong with those two). I have always been a Canon person.

I bought my current DSLR in Nepal back in 2007 (no, it’s not a fake), and I’ve loved it muchly. I later acquired a really good lens for it (the Canon red series), and it has provided me with some brilliant photos over the years (despite me not being an expert – I know things, and how to use a DSLR in manual, but that’s about as far as my technical abilities go).

But a lot has happened in camera technology since 2007, and there’s a new camera on my radar: The Olympus PEN generation. I feel a bit like a traitor for saying this, because ‘one time Canon, always Canon’ and all that, but I do think the Olympus has something to offer.

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Firstly, it’s fairly compact. And way more compact than my Canon, which is one of the reasons why I don’t take as many good photos anymore – It’s simply too big and bulky to drag around in my handbag or hand luggage. I reckon I would bring a proper camera much more often if it was smaller. At the moment I tend to use my iPhone 6, which is doing a pretty good job, but nothing compared to a proper camera with a good lens.

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Granted, it’s the ‘blogger camera of choice’, but I have checked out various reviews online (this one for example, which has a lot of image examples, or this one), and it seems that most people think it’s a fine little camera that takes great images – Which is exactly what I need. IIt is as complicated as you want it to be – Manual settings to your hearts desire, but at the same time some fun functions like filters. It does video too, although it’s not it’s strong suit according to most reviews. And then there’s the look of it – I love the retro vibe, I must admit.

Which camera do you use, and do you like it?

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Photo Diary – Siracusa, Sicily

About a month back Joel and I spend a short week in the Italian city of Siracusa, located right on the bottom right hand corner of Sicily, on line with southern Greece and Tunisia. More precisely, we spend most of our time on Ortygia, which is a small island that’s part of Siracusa. I’ve previously visited Palermo, and Siracusa had just as much character – perhaps even a bit more. Ortygia was without a doubt the soul of the city, and a beautiful old town with narrow streets, and a new discovery around every corner. Amazing restaurants too! The Island is surrounded by a beautiful, and at times very choppy, clear blue sea. Images speak louder than words – So here’s some impressions (All taken with iPhone 6 and edited with vsco, as my hand luggage didn’t allow for my DSLR unfortunately)   Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.05.35 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.05.56 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.09 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.38 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.51 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.14 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.26 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.52 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.08.08 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.08.43 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.09.05   All photos are mine. Do not use without permission. Thank you! 

The sea is a friend of ours

Last weekend Joel and I packed our weekend bags and joined the Friday night commuters at London Victoria. Destination: Wittering – A smallish town on the English coast, about a 2 hour train journey from London. I have said it before, but I’ll happily say it again: Is tree anything better than leaving busy London for the weekend? I don’t think so. So it was very welcome, that Joel’s lovely parents had invited us, and the rest of the family, for a second Christmas in honour of Joel’s big brother Tom who had returned from Istanbul. It was a weekend of open fires, wine, talks, beach walks, and amazing food. It was rather reluctantly we made our way back to London on the Sunday afternoon, but with a few new ideas and dreams for the future.   Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.55.22   Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.55.34 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.55.49 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.56.12 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.57.08 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.57.21 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.58.07 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.58.27

Moving, Holiday, more moving, and some pictures

I haven’t blogged in – forever? Life has been a whirlwind lately in every possible way.

We have moved flat (and therefore been without internet for about a month – Thanks BT). A move was never in the plans, but our previous landlady ‘conveniently’ decided that she no longer wanted to rent out her flat – So there was no choice really. We have however managed to find an amazing new flat, in the same area, with great London views and 2 floors. We’re not complaining (Apart from maybe the unexpected ginormous agency fees and of course the moving of the internet… Why is that always such a massive problem?).

And as if a move of your entire private life wasn’t enough, my professional life has been moved to. Our regular studio is being renovated, so we have all relocated for the summer. It’s all about the moving!

And to make things even more challenging, Joel and I had, prior to knowing of all this moving shenanigans, booked a two week holiday in Denmark, which resulted in us having to move flat one day, and go on holiday the next. Not ideal, but we have somehow managed. Safe to say we’re happy that there is no more packing to be done for a while though…

So the holiday in Denmark was a very welcome break. The weather was amazing, it was literally warm and sunny every day. Quite extraordinary considering how unpredictable a Danish summer normally is. There is nothing better than a Scandinavian summer night where it never truly gets dark.

We hung out with my folks, all the animals, ate a lot of food, had some bbq’s, went out on the town in Vejle where I grew up (With all the teenagers. When did I get so old?) and spend a couple of days in Copenhagen, where all my friends, conveniently, have settled down.

I know that I am the least reliable person to trust on this being Danish and all, but Copenhagen really is one of the loveliest capitals out there (and in my opinion definitely number one).

Will be back with some more meaningfull posts soon!

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All images taken by me – Do not use without permission.

Weekend escapism

Sometimes getting out of London is necessary. I wish I could do it every weekend to be honest. Definitely a country girl by heart! A few weekends ago we ventured to Hampshire in Southern England. Only an hour by train outside London, but a world of difference. Sometimes walking across a field and looking at an old tree is just what the soul needs.Hampshire5

 

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An ode to snow

It is January. Soon to be February. And the sky is grey, it’s 8 degrees warm (yes, warm), and there’s no sign of snow anywhere. This makes me sad.

Most people, especially in London, are probably very happy that there’s no snow so far this year. Snow to many means disruptions, impossible transport, wet feet, cold hands, and frozen cheeks. To me snow means happiness, calmness, and peace. When it snows, the world listens. It makes people stop, look out the windows like they did when they were kids and were longing to get out and build snowmen and have hours of fun. Getting cold to the bones, and look forward to a warm cup of cocoa to warm up the frozen fingers afterwards.

So, this is an ode to snow. Some of my best memories involves it, whether it be skiing trips to the alps, or sledging in Denmark.

I clearly remember the first time I saw snow ‘for real’. Well, the first strong memory I have was once in Denmark when I was 6 or 7. We woke up to a snow storm, and listened to the radio announce that our school was closed. I played all day outside with my best friend and neighbour, while the grown-ups tried to keep up with the heavy snowfall and clear the pathways.

But that was nothing compared to my first skiing trip to Norway. I remember I had slept in the car, and woke up when we were parked at the foot of a mountain. There was a queue of cars in front of us, and snow everywhere. My parents told me that we waiting because people couldn’t drive up the mountain, and that the police were out helping the ‘poor tourists’ without snow tires and chains, to get up. We did, and made our way up the slippery mountain to ‘Gaustablik’ named after the mountain ‘Gausta’. We got out of the car, and it was freezing – probably around -30. Everything was white – The roads were flanked by 2 meter high walls of snow, some of which had unfortunate cars hidden inside, only given away by a side mirror sticking out. Everywhere you walked this squeaky sound of compressed, deep frozen snow followed you, and everything else was quiet. Even during the night it was light, as the moonlight shining on the glistening snow would brighten up everything.

Snow is amazing and magical. It dresses up the world.

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A few images from a wintery walk in Denmark a few years ago with my cousins and the dogs (Back when my hair was brown)

All images taken by me, please do not use without my permission

 

My Instagram favourites

I love Instagram, and I’m always on the look out for inspiring and interesting accounts to follow. Below are a few of my current favourites:

nikolajthanning – Copenhagen based photographer. Takes amazing atmospheric photos, using only his smartphone. I love the simplicity, the colour and the nature. And of course how he manages to portray lovely Copenhagen.

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alicrider_ New York based lady. Beautiful photos with a personal touch and story.

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linesofiegyldholm – Danish based blogger with a great sense for aesthetics and the sweetest cat, Ono.

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bubberinstagram – This guys is a Danish TV presenter, who I used to watch as a kid, as he sad in a bathtub and his best friend was a talking camel. And now he’s suddenly an Instagram star! Who would have known? Expect vibrant, colourful, detailed pictures, all taken with iPhone.

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So, that was a small selection of some on my favourites. Which are yours?

When life takes over

There hasn’t been much time to do anything, let alone blog, lately. But then again, I guess all I ever do is ‘anything’. Life is busy, but it is good. I have been looking for an opportunity for an opportunity ever since I graduated, and last week started an internship which is pretty much all I could ever want. A medium size company – big enough to be very busy, but small enough for me to be involved with lots of things. Is there a better feeling than finally having a job that challenges you and gives you a fulfillment at the end of the day, and a feeling of a brighter future? I don’t think so.

Having said that, life have gotten rather busy. And the next few months won’t be any less busy. But as proven time and time again, the more you have to do, the more you will get done too. Bring it on i say!

Here are a few snapshots of what have happened lately. By the looks of it I’ve been quite inspired by autumn, with good reason (All iPhone photos, so do excuse the quality).

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Walthamstow evening sky on spotted on my way home from work. An autumn evening doesn’t get better than this
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Peter Gabriel at the O2 Arena. Amazing concert!
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A rainy afternoon at home
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Autumn leafs and cosy coats
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Have watched the great film that is Annie Hall
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I have admired the amazing colours that makes this season so beautiful
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…. And been to a tattoo artist with this lovely guy 🙂