This will be my last (probably) blog post with photos I did during my social media hiatus/blackout/absence during the second half of 2018. I do like seeing these warm, lovely, summery photos now in January, because the weather outside is quite…well…Swedish! Lots and lots of colors, smiling people and warm sunlight feels like a very good idea to post right about now!
On June 10th 2018 the Pride Parade in Malmö went through the city with its usual mix of awesome, protests, colors, music and just mass of people. I don't know how many thousands were there, but it took a long time for the parade to pass me by as I tried to capture as many interesting people (and a few animals...real as well as imaginary) as possible.
I've always enjoyed shooting Pride parades, because to me they show the joy and happiness in being able to be whoever you want to be, together with many others. However, as a white, heterosexual middle-aged man I am very well aware that to the participants involved it is not just a show of joy and happiness, but also a display of power and protest. I guess it can be both?
Anyway...I took well over 400 pictures that day, because the people move through your view so fast that it's best to shoot first, shoot a lot and edit later...even though it gave me quite a bit of extra work when I went through the images. I think I allowed about one curse at myself for every 50 images I had to go through and discard the non-selects. In the end I had around 90 acceptable shots...so that would be about 6 solid curses by the time I was done...perhaps a few more thrown in for good measure. A good viking curse is always good!
I've put my images from the parade in one single gallery (apart from the title image above). They're all in chronological order starting as I made my way towards the assembly area at Stortorget and then as I shot the parade leaving the assembly area down Hamngatan.