I was already at the pastry table when they rounded the corner – a curly-haired woman holding a small point-and-shoot camera, and two kids, no more than 6 or 7, a boy and girl both holding their father’s hands, one at each side. I caught their mother’s expression first – mouth wide open, eyes twinkling, camera ready. A girl-like giggle escaped her. “This is insane,” she must have been thinking.
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Östermalms Saluhall remains one of my favorite places in Stockholm to photograph. Slabs of raw meat, whole fish and seafood balanced atop each other, fruits and vegetables stacked in pyramids, and other gourmet knick-knacks seem quite photogenic on otherwise boring days. You can view more photos from Östermalms Saluhall over at Sweden.se.
It really is amazing how easily we can take places for granted after we’ve lived there for some time. And I feel this sentiment applies more so to locals than travelers or new expats. Sure, native locals may have you beat on history and cultural ties, but expats tend to pick up on cultural nuances and possess a heightened sense of observational skills that come with being the outsider for extended periods of time.
Since making the big move to Stockholm right before Christmas in 2009, I’m still discovering tiny corners every week and now that I’ve been photographing almost daily, I’m not only forced to practice (which I enjoy) but more importantly, I notice the seemingly mundane a lot more.
Like the shriveled up tiny dead mouse wedged between cobblestones from the corner of my eye as my friend and I strolled through Gamla stan in search of her favorite cup of hot chocolate.
The way the tall dark-haired guy seated two rows in front of me on the train linked and toyed with his fingers – in a nervous way that didn’t match his facial expression.
A little over two weeks ago, I got an unexpected email from an editor saying “You live in Stockholm, right?“, and so last week, I’ve been running around town doing some additional research to seal the article from an insider’s view. It has also been a much-needed opportunity to meet up with a Namibian girlfriend for lunches and fika breaks (hot chocolate and pastry goodness) as we run around town rediscovering little nooks together.
Just like places, it’s really amazing how easily we can take relationships for granted.
Photo above is from a gorgeous seaside property here in Stockholm I’m currently reviewing on assignment…
Voila! Here are the reasons I haven’t been quite regular with my blog updates. Been working on modifying my existing WordPress template to support larger-format photos as well as separating my official portfolio from my musings. The links above (articles, photography, and awards) will take you over to the new site.
The last few months have been crazy busy (and I’m super thankful for that). Here are the latest news, publications, and updates:
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Swedish flags were lowered and moved out of the way as Skansen’s massive bonfire was lit on Saturday, April 30 around 9:10pm. Spring songs were sung, banishing winter for the next 6 months. Thousands of faces were tainted orange by the fire’s warm glow.
View more photographs from Valborg on Sweden.se