My first rainbow

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I think this is the first rainbow moment I’ve captured on cam!

You probably don’t see it, but it’s actually a double rainbow. Which came after some drifting around on a dysfunctional river boat in the rain, somewhere between the Norwegian-Finnish border.

Full story (in Norwegian) & photos from the trip to Tana.

Arctic race

There are times when I am extremely happy with my job.

I’m quite pleased with being a journalist on most days, but some assignments make me think “Hehee, how did I get this lucky?”

Last week has been full of those wonerful moments. Because…..

I got to cover FINNMARKSLØPET!

What is Finnmarksløpet?

Basically, it’s the longest sled dog race in Europe.

Which means…

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1500 huskies
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Lots of really great people (I actually suspect that you must be a really good person to work and race dogs)
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1100 km of ice and snow..
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Petter Karlsson, winning the race >>

I shot all these photos working for NRK. You can find our coverage of the event on the internet and on TV.

Oh yeah, and check out my Flickr gallery if you love cute dogs 😉

BFFs
BFFs

Ghosts of Christmas Past

You know what happens when your backup hard drive crashes? Personally, I lose the motivation to take more pictures. What’s the point of preserving a moment or a memory for ever, if you won’t see it ever again?

And those crashes, they happen to me a lot. Do they happen to you too?

So I haven’t taken pictures for months (except for ❤ work <3). Because what’s the point? Also, it’s dark outside >_> #polarnights

Then, I decided to look through my old backup disk earlier today.

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Preparing for New Year (Christmas isn’t really celebrated in Russia), Year: 199x

There will be no photo summary of 2015 on this blog. “R.I.P. stupid hard drive”. Instead – pictures of christmas past:

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Utrecht 2010
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Sometime during this photo session, I realize that Caroline is my BFF ❤ Oslo 2010
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Christmas time, Drammen 2013
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Oslo City 2014
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Merry Christmas!

 

Phony Finnmark vol.1

also shot with phony (before the upgrade):

phony summer vol.1 – phony haitiphony winter – phony turkeyphony autumn

Backyard Flower Spring Tradition

It has indeed become a tradition. I’m back in Oslo. Bumblebees are humming in the air. My favourite backyard smells like spring. I photograph the flowers. Just like last year >>

I’ve officially returned from Haiti. Back in business.

The adventure never ends.   –that’s what I tell myself

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Some flowers are still waiting to bloom

Ah, spring

Faces of Haiti

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Sunshine girl

My sweet, sweet blog. I cry when I realize how much I’ve neglected you lately. Eeeh.. So!

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Another beauty

There were some days without Internet, and other days I’ve been too tired. Fainting into my bed sheets is what I do best here in Haiti, although I wake up many times during a night. It because of the mosquito net tent. That stupid thing I was advised to buy prior to coming here. I even paid a small fortune for it, since it’s impregnated (chemically treated). There are however no more mosquitos here than in Norway during summer, and despite of the stupid net I have several red spots. Never trust your doctor!

Beautiful Haitian woman
while this is a trustworthy face

I’ve been in Haiti for two weeks now, and I’m quite surprised to discover that I love it. I’m asked for money and my phone number several times a day, but that happens quite often in Oslo too. The people are poor (except for those really rich ones, I’ve visited a palace home or two), but they still have smiles to offer. And when dark and light eyes meet and genuine smiles are exchanged, it feels quite wonderful.

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Haitian smiles

There are a lot of staring to, and the children have this little chant ‘blan, blan, blan’ (foreigner) that they sing when Caroline & I pass by. I can’t really complain about that though. I do my own share of staring, and I take pictures on top of that. Some Haitians don’t want their picture taken, and I respect that, while others love modelling. They line up and wait for turn, and demand to see the photo after. I’ll look into if I can find a printing studio here, to send some pictures to the schools I’ve been visiting. The photos presented in this post were shot while visiting a school built by LWF in a remote mountain area.

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Great character

In other words; I’m very much alive and enjoying the adventure!

So forget me not 😉

Smiling Woman in Haiti - Palmes region

Creole 102:

Mwen soti nan Nòvèj – I’m from Norway

Mwen kontan rankontre ou – I’m pleased to meet you

N a wè ou pita – See you later

Orevwa – Goodbye

CREOLE 101 >>

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Until next time!

And if you like faces, I also recommend ‘Faces from different places’ on one of my favourite blogs 😉

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

A lovely occasion for a Sunday walk! You’ve seen parts on my neighborhood before; my favorite park, the road i take to school, my buss-stop… But photographing it all with my phone proved to be fresh experience – taking a picture took for ever and people passing by kept sending my Samsung Galaxy Note (the largest phone there is) suspicious looks.

Ah, but my neighborhood is lovely! Enjoy, but don’t be tricked by the warm tones – it’s was super cold! My phone-thumb is still recovering 😉