Another month has gone by on my year-long project of shooting, editing and posting an image every single day of 2016. We're now into the month of May which means it is time to sum up the last month with a few selected pictures.
The "cover" picture is one that I like a lot for the tangle of branches of this thick vine climbing up the wall of the old police HQ in Malmö, Sweden. The contrast between the natural of the vine and the geometric of the building makes for a nice contrast in my opinion.
I think this is the closest I've come to a "classic" street photography shot so far this year. I was going home from a meetup with my nerd circle of friends at the library café and only had time to snap this picture of the determined guy making his way up the sidewalk. I don't think he saw me...but if he did, he certainly didn't make any fuss about it at all. Clearly he had better things to do than accost someone with a cell phone in his hands.
I was "on assignment" for a local senior citizens' club at their fashion event. That may seem an odd assignment, but there's a perfectly logical reason for this. My dad was one of the "runway" models and he volunteered me to shoot the event. It's so different from the street photography I usually do, and good training. You definitely need to be on your toes to get good shots!
I shot this while on a photowalk with the Instagramers Malmoe group during a Worldwide Instagram Meetup. I'm not a regular with this group, but it was a lot of fun to shoot with a bunch of new people in the streets and parks of Malmö. This shot is taken outside City Hall (the silver building on the right) and the contrast between the sunlit buildings and the darkening skies was definitely striking!
I'm often surprised at what the tiny lenses in the phone camera can capture, compared to much, much bigger equipment, and this is an example of this. I shot this on a very early morning in Staffanstorp as the fog rolled in, thick and fast. The willow tree looked somewhat ominous in front of the lights and the pond, which of course is something that I emphasized in the postprocessing and monochrome conversion.
A ritual for me for the last few years has been the Sakura festival in Copenhagen, where many things Japanese are celebrated underneath the cherry trees in the Langelinie Park. The weather wasn't all that nice this year, but it is always a treat to experience all those flowers and people in interesting costumes and attire!