b & w challenge – people 3

Brushing teeth on a cabin trip - not easy - very worth it

I’ve been challenged by Julita Wozny to post black & white photos for the up-coming five days. Yay!

In return I nominate PERCEPTION 😀

Mr., in order to take this challenge, you must post B&W photography for the next five days, and each day nominate another photographer to enter the challenge. Good luck!

Exploring Jalousie

a small photo selection:

Do you remember Jalousie?

I was very intrigued by the colorful neighborhood last year, and I had to visit it now that I’m in Haiti again. Most people there were friendly, but very few wanted their picture taken, and some reveled in saying “No! Go!”

I guess having the power to say that is quite enjoyable if you own little else.

Jalousie is among many slums that have sprawled across the hills of the capital Port-au-Prince in recent decades because governments past and present have failed to provide affordable housing and basic services.  … Amid its narrow corridors and steep steps, Jalousie has no traditional sewage system or electric grid. (The Huffington Post)

Jalousie does have the best view in Port-au-Prince though. And now colors.

Let’s hope the improvements don’t stop there.

More from Haiti >>

jalousie, port-au-prince, haiti 2014

Å(aa)lesund

Brrr, my fingers are ice cold. Winter is coming… no, actually it’s here, even though it’s only the beginning!

She knows it:

I bet it’s already been snowing in Ålesund. But this is pretty much what it looked like, on a Saturday, three weeks or so back.

Ålesund is quite famous for it’s architecture. The night of January 23th, almost 110 years ago (1904) the city burned down. (Wiki for more>) The town was then rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar – in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. What’s that? Check the photos below 😉

Street shots:

Ålesund street, autumn 2013 - Norway

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Overwhelmed

interesting clouds - looming sky

 

I’ve been away for a while, not only from WordPress, but also from my Mom, the gym, Instagram, Flickr… you name it. My absence is easily explained with one short word: EXAM. But there are so many other things occupying my thoughts. I have to find a job. I have to move. I must plan my summer. I need a driver license. I should read a book. And is it long since breakfast??

While Internet provides many advices on how to relieve stress, I don’t find it very helpful to read that I must exercise and organize …

Happy Birthday

May 17th in Karl Johans gate - Oslo - Norwegian national day
17th in Karl Johans gate – Oslo

May 17th is Norwegian constitution day. Everyone say ‘happy birthday’ to each other and eat sausages and ice cream. The royal family waves from the balcony of the royal palace (the yellow building in the background of the picture) and people suit up. Check out the folk costumes in the crowd (and if you wish to know more about the traditional Norwegian clothing, click the following link: BUNAD >>)

Nice day!

Back to the life

Port Au Prince Cathedral, ruins, Haiti

The hangover earned the night before 1st of May finally went away (with some jet-lag) to bother someone else, and today was spent organizing…planning, unpacking. No exciting photo material of that, I’m afraid.

So instead…

I also went on a job interview and unfroze my membership at Elixia’s training studios (a Norwegian training centre chain with awesome group classes and pink wardrobes). I got myself another external hard drive, because I woke up one day in Haiti to discover the one I had totally empty all of the sudden. 999 GB free. Yippi… I had to hand it back to the store today (and I struggled to not throw it in someone’s head – my faith in technology is broken once again). Back to the new hard drive: I can finally start working on the last photo batch from Haiti, DR and Cuba 😀

It’s weird to be back. I own a crazy amount of clothes, which I can’t really remember buying anymore, and uncountable perfumes and lotion bottles! And shoes! Purses! The choices I have to make every morning!

shoes, sale

Then there’s the driver licence – I need to get one! And I must finish (begin) writing my report from Haiti. While my Mom is moving (taking Milli-therapy with her) to 15 minutes further away from me by train. All the stress!

A neighborhood in Norway

I think this post’s beginning to look a lot like teenage diary entry. … Time to say ‘good night’!