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En helt vanlig kvinna
Jag är en vanlig kvinna. Jordnära. Realist, men också optimist. Många beskriver mig som lugn och social. Men egentligen är jag introvert. Kan man vara både social och introvert? De flesta som tror sig veta vad ”introvert” och ”extrovert” betyder skulle troligen svara NEJ på den frågan. Jag säger det motsatta – jag är ju själv ett levande exempel. Utåt sett har jag lätt för att prata med människor jag inte känner, ta kontakt, bubbla på om ingenting. Jag sprider glädje, lugn och positiva vibbar och alla får en stor del av min härliga energi. Och det är just det: jag ger av min egen energi till andra. Det är härligt att se, känna och höra hur folk lyser upp och det ger mig tillfredsställelsen att fortsätta på samma bana. Jag har nått den åldern att jag inte bryr mig lika mycket om vad som ska hända om jag gör fel eller säger fel… för det händer inte så mycket. Sen har vi min introverta del i min personlighet. Jag har ett stort behov av att pausa. Ständig kontakt med andra människor tömmer mig på energi. Då har jag lärt mig att faktiskt säga nej numera och inte säga ja till allt och alla. Inuti är jag fortfarande den blyga gängliga tjejen med för långa ben som aldrig räckte upp handen och pratade på lektionerna i grundskolan. Jag kände mig inte blyg eller direkt osäker, men det har alltid burit mig emot att prata inför en grupp där jag är en i gruppen. Där jag kan bli bedömd utan att vara helt säker på det jag har att säga. Ligger kanske en viss prestigeångest i det, skulle jag kunna tro. Det är skillnad att stå framför åskådare eller en publik. Det har jag alltid varit bekväm i. Naturligtvis har även jag varit nervös, men på ett positivt sätt. Jag skulle gissa att en del av det beror på att alla andra är så obekväma. Jag är unik och vill inte vara som alla andra. Så länge jag KAN det jag pratar om, eller för den skull sjunger, så är jag numera inte ett dugg nervös. Många anser att jag är modig som vågar stå framför en publik. Likaså blir jag beundrad av både män och kvinnor för mitt till synes perfekta liv. Då vill jag säga: TACK! Fantastiskt att ni tycker så! Men det finns inget som är perfekt! Jag har gått igenom mer än vad de flesta vet och det är just det som format mig till den jag är idag. Med en eftertänksam pappa och en mer spontan mamma så har jag försökt plocka det bästa av dem båda. Ibland gör jag medvetna val och ibland inte lika medvetna. Precis som vem som helst. Men det är vad jag gör av dem valen som har betydelse. Jag fick en fråga en gång: ”Vad ångrar du dig i ditt liv?”. Det blev blankt. Visst har även jag gjort dåliga val ibland, jag är kanske inte alltid så stolt över det jag gjort. Men! Det är återigen det som format mig till den jag är idag. Min största svaghet skulle jag vilja säga är att jag inte hör av mig tillräckligt till nära och kära. Varför det är så kan jag bara spekulera i. Min egen reflektion är, och då återkommer jag till min introverta sida, att jag behöver min ”space”, min egentid eller vad du nu vill kalla det. Jag bryr mig väldigt mycket om alla mina nära, men att kallprata är verkligen inte min grej. Även om de flesta inte skulle hålla med mig om det. Tack och hej, leverpastej!
Hello, how are you doing in these strange times? I myself have been at home since Monday with cold symptoms (runny nose, sore throat and tired in the body) However, it has not gotten worse and it should be added that I have allergies so how the phase should I see the difference haha. Anyway, I think it's probably mostly allergies, but that sore throat is a small cold, but nothing that has gotten worse so it's probably not that dangerous: o) I think that one should of course follow the recommendations of the public health authority and really try to prevent the spread of the infection to the elderly, sick and those in the risk groups, but it will have consequences both socially and financially. At a board meeting (by phone) this week, we had to cancel all regular training at Norrköping's youth circus, which leads to our traditional performances in May, at Tyska torget in Norrköping being canceled and moved forward. This in turn leads to sad children, less income financially and a sadder cultural offer, but better that maybe !? I would like to think that we will get a lot of positive things out of this in the end. Maybe we reevaluate a little and see what is really important in life? The environment already feels considerably better due to fewer flights and other travel. The really selfish people who hoard goods without thinking about others, and without really much need for the goods should have already had a real food for thought with all the comments and articles in newspapers and social media. But photography then? I am so tagged to get out into nature and photograph both insects and flowers that now in the spring time tend to sprout. There is also a desire from the Nordic Museum to document situations during this pandemic, but it is not something that attracts me directly. I am still looking for people, ordinary people, who want to be in my sessions and who share my purposes and thoughts. I have gotten in touch with a fantastic woman and role model who does what I wanted to achieve for several years. Her name is Jannica Honey and she runs but is also on Instagram. She has given me both inspiration and concrete ways of thinking both when it comes to the production of images and the search for people. Feel free to check out her photos and sponsor her by following her. She's just absolutely awesome! I am also trying to get in touch with IKEA to, hopefully, be able to sell some / some of my pictures for printing on their paintings. We will see where it leads because it is not even easy to get in touch with the right person: o) But as a last wish: If you feel that you can imagine being in the picture, regardless of habit in front of the camera, regardless of body size, age and appearance, get in touch! We can discuss something that feels comfortable for both of us, but my main purpose is to normalize the natural human body in all its different designs and stages, men and women and everything in between. Of course, I can imagine going on a little trip to make it easier for YOU and to get what I am really looking for. Needless to mention maybe but to clarify, this is not about images with a pornographic character. Just natural nudity!
Extreme macro photography
I have long been weak for macro photography for some reason. I like to crawl into worlds that are not completely obvious what they represent and above all that not so many people see in everyday life but in everyday things perhaps. I started like many others by buying a magnifying lens to screw in front of the lens or an intermediate ring to move the near border closer to the camera. Finally I bought a wonderful macro lens from Sigma (Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO EX DG OS MACRO HSM). It then cost SEK 10,000, but is available today for less than half and is still damn good for both macro and portraits. In any case, like so many macro photographers, I suffered from the same syndrome, constantly wanting to get a little closer. As usual, it is associated with more equipment, more money and even more difficult photo opportunities when the depth of field shrinks with the magnification etc. It's about stacking pictures, which is a cool, but time consuming and patient story. But it's like Uncle Barbro says "There are no shortcuts to the perfect sound". I got the chance to try out a cool device a few years ago when a friend got a lot of things to be able to photograph with a microscope lens on his camera together with a motorized sled. Really nice I must say (You may have seen my fly head and ant head on the website?). But despite its coolness, it is a bit awkward if you want to be out in nature and have the opportunity to photograph by hand. So after a lot of searching and trying, I have now bought a cheap but good equipment for my Z6. It's a first one ring from Kiwi that makes the z-mount to m42. Then I have a tube (three-part if you want) that increases the magnification and removes the vignetting from the microscope if it is too close to the image sensor. Last but not least is a microscope from AmScope with a magnification of 4 times (Available in several magnification degrees depending on how close you want to get). It's definitely not easy I should say and it's enough to take advantage of all the tips available, Take pictures in the morning or evening when it's a little cooler and insects sit and rest, choose a windless day, use continuous shooting and tripods if it works . Bring your biggest package with patience and find a place with animals or plants. Today was my first attempt at a handheld camera. Some pictures are stacked and some are taken directly with a little nice depth of field of a picture. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Birthday and guest blogger
Today is my birthday and I can put another year behind me of new experiences, good concerts, wonderful nature experiences and a lot of exciting meetings with both new and old friends. It will be exciting to see what my 44th year has to offer ... A fun thing that starts now with noise and commotion is my blog with Guest Writers. There have been so many who have heard of it and who want to be involved in writing posts and it's so much fun. I really look forward to reading all the different posts. Do you want to join maybe? Read more here in that case. A normal day at work
Guest blogger and grateful.
Isn't the internet amazing? A few days ago, Mattias contacted me on Instagram and asked if I could write about my photography, the journey through light and wild forests. That thing with wild forests I have to explain. At the end of 2016, I started photographing women and nature. Twilight became my light source and nature the conductor. They call this moment l'heure bleue, but I promise, it's more of a blue 15 min. After twelve months, I had created images at each new and full moon. The pictures were taken in forests around Sweden and Scotland (I have lived here since 1998) and in 2018 there was an exhibition at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh. When The Blackbird Sings not only created pressure and attention, but also a kind of liberation for many because I treated topics like fertility, (literally) fruitless IVFs and despair. I will return with stories in both English and Swedish about When The Blackbird Sings. It will be so far if I pull the whole story so it can come in small parts, in connection with the moon travel on the sky perhaps? You know how I started with the internet being great? Social media is perhaps the opposite, yes at least when it comes to the human body WITHOUT filters. The old, thick, wrinkled, hairy "normal" body that just lives. When the exhibition hung on the walls, it started. An article from the Daily Mail was deleted on Facebook, pictures of my mother disappeared from Instagram, stomachs with stretch marks were shadowbanned and I had my account blocked on Facebook. It became impossible to share pictures and share explanations for my work. I will also go deeper into this the next time we meet. Here is a film that BBC Scotland produced when IG "community guidelines" really influenced not only my art, but also my company. But ..... have I not introduced myself? You might think my name is Dolph Lundgren? It becomes easy when you have spent almost half your life "abroad" which is now actually my home. My name is Jannica Honey. I have worked as a photographer for 15 years and work with clients in both the UK and Sweden. In addition to wandering around in the woods, I shoot in a little more lighted places sometimes, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and Masion House. I have been photographing events for several years and love it. I also create press and promo images for musicians. As I said, the places vary, but the connection is always the same. A real connection to the one I work with. This connection is fundamental when I create. If you are curious to see more, feel free to come and "hang out" on Instagram @whentheblackbirdsings_ @jannicahoney or do it the old way, the website that is actually updated and dusted. See you and I really hope you take care of each other now. I have been following the light and the birds' song in recent weeks when our lockdown began in the UK. To see the light is to be present and this so important in these times of not only anxiety, but also pain and uncertainty about the future. Thank you for reading all this! Jannica Honey Photos from When The Blackbird Sings 2016 - 2017
B & B
Hi dear followers other readers. Hope everything is fine with you despite the strange circumstances? No I have not started a Bed & Breakfast but I have just started an Online Store. You can buy most of my pictures and in a large selection. Everything from prints, frames, canvas to mugs, bags and T-shirts etc. The other B stands for Blog. I have searched for guest bloggers for my site and have received several who have registered their interest. It's so fun and inspiring and I look forward to reading all the great posts. You did not miss Jannica Honey's blog post, did you? But you know, I would love to have more guest writers. My dream is to make this a kind of small community with creative people. How do you feel curious, do you know anyone else? Take the opportunity and join. Together we do something good! I should also mention that I have a new, a little scary and beautiful photo idea that I call Gas. Check it out I know ....
What do you say...?
Mattias asked me to write a few lines, which is really an impossible one. Photography has been such a big part of my now long life and also in many respects crucial. Most likely you can describe me as a crazy dedicated amateur. I have the photo to thank for my first wife and children and for many of my best friends. I have the photograph to thank for countless creative experiences and some of the funniest moments of my life. I have photographed a lot, I have collected photos, started and run a photo gallery, been responsible for an art gallery, been cultural director, exhibited and curated many exhibitions, organized Sweden's first pure photo auction, worked with photo fairs, all in addition to my real job as a lawyer . In short: I love photography as an art form and a life phenomenon. Why? Well, I'm not alone. If you read this, you probably also love photography. For me, it's about freezing beauty and freezing time, I love the beautiful and I'm fascinated that perishable beauty can be captured and saved, theoretically forever. Photography is also communication, both when the images are created and when the viewer may see the image many years later. Incredibly fascinating. I realized early on that women were the most beautiful thing the world had to offer. So it had to be that way, why choose the next best thing? Lately I have spent more time on film. Has made a feature film and a number of short films, now focusing on dance and performance. This spring I published my first "real" book "Sweet Sweaty Death Strip: Twenty-Nine Unlethal Disjections" together with the author Carl-Michael Edenborg. More books are on the way. Has an unfulfilled favorite project. Would like to gather a bunch, 10, 15 or 20, skilled model photographers and make a really good coffeetable book combined with an exhibition. If you feel compelled, get in touch (). Below you will find some examples of my photos from 2019. More photos can be found on Instagram or my website janpalmbladphoto.com. Keep filming, be happy, kill the corona and feel free to contact you if you want to discuss something. Jan
About daring a little more
Hi my name is Jennie Damm I am honing and striking in fulfilling my dream. Or a piece of my purpose in this life. You can follow me further on my instagram accounts @vackravyer_ or on @vasterasbon. Today it's my turn to guest blog a bit on MÅ foto's page! I immediately thought of writing a text about daring a little and then daring a little more ... It is something useful to think about and to work with. It has become my goal for this year. Why 2020 with pandemic and tragedy? Yes, because then there is time in my life. The time we all complain that we do not have or that we have too little of. I have been working in the hotel and restaurant industry for many years. I enjoy the profession and have worked for over 10 years also abroad, namely in Portugal's beautiful Albufeira. We all know that in this industry there will be uncomfortable working hours and that when we work you are free and vice versa. The little time you have left over goes to the family or to running, taking photos ... yes, that was when it was given time. I think all creative people feel bad about not getting an outlet for their creative side in life. I often say that and have experienced it myself. I finally got to go and talk to a counselor. Her name was Marianna. She taught me that you have to have a balance in life. That the mood of life is a scale, a bowl of musts but also a bowl of passion, well-being and pleasure. When that wave has an even level and is well balanced, then you feel good. Tilt it over in any direction, well then you know that the balance is not very balanced. Still fun if it tips to the side of well-being! Then you learn to feel happy. I simply had to go home and review my scales! I discovered that I was more dead than alive. It was not such a fun discovery. How do I find something I can put in the other bowl? The one who was well-being and passionate about entertainment? Sigh, I do not think anything is particularly fun at all! So I thought. In retrospect, I may feel sad to have to feel that way. Very black. While it is an escape from actually grasping yourself, get to know yourself deeply. What do I think is funny? Then start testing yourself a little in these areas. Dare to have fun. Dare to let go a little of life's serious musts. Okay, I'm starting to go out and go on sunny days. I like the sun anyway. Good Jennie! It was not many sunny days just that spring and summer, but it was a start. I started to get out into nature, get fresh air in my lungs and finally I took pictures of beautiful views. Went home and edited. This was the beginning of something that came later. I started going out even on cloudy days, I even went out on snowy days etc ... I found passion, a well-being and a pleasure in being out! I did not really understand this myself, not right then. The head was so thick from other thoughts, like trying to find a well-being hahah. Later I posted a picture on social media. Mostly for fun. A group called the photo meeting was created and I arranged an exhibition for others, but I did not put up a picture myself! No, I did not dare. I began to feel better, slowly but surely I took, without realizing anything myself, small steps forward, towards a better mood. I did what I thought was fun! Photographed beautiful views and was out in nature. Later I started running again, after a long break and a few kilos heavier, there we are about now. When you do running, you quickly learn to control your thoughts, challenge yourself a little more and then a little more ... it is a training in itself that I really need right now. Maybe you need this too? Practice daring a little and then daring a little more. When I first posted my pictures online, there were different reactions. Someone once wrote "have you become a nature photographer now or" I was ashamed and did not dare to post more pictures for a very long time. Once I deleted everything from the computer! Because I thought my pictures took up too much space, and just lay and littered! Too bad I did. Time passed a bit and coronavirus with pandemic came and visited the world. I glanced at the camera again, where it was gathering dust and my scales tipped a bit. I suddenly stood with a lot of time and felt that the moon was not a hundred. This time I knew exactly what was wrong. The camera had got dust because I did not move it for a long time and I had bad "condition" because I did not move. I put on my running shoes. Grabbed the camera. Out and ran. During my breaks to catch my breath, I took pictures. Decided to become that "nature photographer, right ??" As someone mentioned last! But this time do this with pride! One thing is certain! I will spend a lot more time on my photos! Safe going on and on for over 15 years now. No one should be allowed to suppress my dream. What are you so afraid of really? Other people's opinion? That you should not be satisfied yourself? Today I am waiting for my first painting with butterflies in my stomach! I created @vackravyer_ and now I will dare a little more and then a little more ... GAIO-ROSARIO in Portugal
I was so happy when Mattias contacted me and asked if I wanted to be a guest blogger here! I have long followed his work, and I really admire his playfulness and joy of discovery. His creativity and courage to go outside the so-called "box". And this is where I would like to start this little writing adventure. In free creation - freedom from the inner critic, from comparison and fear. And how incredibly difficult and impossible it can feel to get there. Hopefully I can offer a little inspiration and pepper to someone out there! Before I dive into this, maybe a presentation is in order. I usually call myself an image creator, as I experience the world most strongly through the visual. It started with photography and I took my first creative photos as a 12-year-old with my red, compact, analog camera. I collected all my most precious and finest things, lined them up on the floor in my room and took photos. In my teens, I borrowed my dad's analog system camera and together we set up a darkroom at home in the closet. There were black and white pictures of my friends adorned with flowers or other props. People and portraits have always given me the greatest joy in photography, in everyday situations or disturbed fantasy portraits. Many years later, I started at KSM (Culture, Society and Media Design) at Linköping University and that was where I fell in love with film as an expression. It has been my biggest focus in recent years, first documentaries and now I am facing a completely new role as a director when I wrote my first script for a short horror film. Somewhere in the middle of this I got so tired of working on the computer with everything, I longed to use my hands, to mess! I started painting, and now it's one of my absolute favorite pastimes. Now back to the topic. Free creation. What is it, and why is it important? Well, because without it, I walk around in circles. I stagnate and stop growing as a person and as an artist. I stay in my little bubble where everything is safe and always 21 degrees hot and nothing sticks out and nothing feels. To that particular bubble, it can be so incredibly tempting to take flight, at the slightest resistance or discomfort. Because that's how we work, we humans. This is how we have survived through evolution, but it is also our curse that we constantly have to fight against. This becomes so clear to me when it comes to creation - in whatever form it may be. It's like putting your heart out on a table and saying "look here!" You risk being judged, criticized, ridiculed. (Risks, of course. But how often does it really happen?) I've fought the inner critic a lot, and I do not know if I will ever overcome it completely. But oh the feeling of letting go of all those fears, thoughts, and just CREATING FREE. The first obstacle can come before I even take a picture, put the brush against the canvas. Before I even tell anyone about an idea. "Alas, a thousand others have probably already done that, and also done better than I can." If I get so far that I still go ahead and finish something, then comes the next speed bump. To show it to someone. “What should people think about me? Who do I think I am? Others are so much better. ” To get started without letting all thoughts stop me, my best tip is to just "hold your nose and jump in". To just do - not think. If that is not possible, I return to my belief that creation is our way of communicating with our innermost true SELF. And it can not go wrong. As simple as that. (But still so difficult!) It is more important that it will be SOMETHING than that it will be good. In the next step, the fear of showing what I have done, it is again precisely that belief that gives me courage and strength. It is impossible to create something that everyone likes. But I'm sure there's always someone your art speaks to. You are unique, even if many before you had the same idea, no one will carry it out in your own way. With just your perspective, your gaze, your feeling. There are a million "rules" for how art should be, what is "nice" or "bad". There is nothing in our free creation that is more uninteresting than these rules. They are meant to be broken. Our free creation is the most precious thing we have. That is what binds us together - with each other and with ourselves. Contributes below with some analog and digital photos plus a couple of paintings. Feel free to look in and say hello on Instagram @imagesofmarylu Love & peace M
You're destroying my city
My name is Mathilde Grafström and I am a photo artist. I have taken hundreds of pictures of life in Copenhagen during the Corona crisis. What has interested me is everything that is different during this time. And there is a lot. But much of it is not really noticed until you look closer. I see the little things I try to capture with my camera. I see how people's eyes flicker, how people avoid looking at each other because you can not talk naturally when you stand two meters apart and shout at each other. Then it is easier to look each other in the eyes. People are also afraid of each other, you can see it in their faces. And many people are depressed and unhappy. I visited Café La Glass, Copenhagen's fine old café. I was told that they only sold 10% of normal sales and that the café was bleeding. The staff looked very worried, very sad. They expect (optimistically) 20% of sales when they reopen, because the tourists are gone, the staff says. But what worries me most is what no longer exists. The whole pulse of life that does not exist in the city, all the togetherness that is no longer there, the masses of happy people have disappeared completely, young people in buses and subways, crowded trains, squares, streets, shops. Everything is empty. Everything is deserted. Even in the middle of the day, even when the sun is shining and the weather is good, in the middle of spring. It's awful what's happening to my city! Public toilets are closed, cafes and restaurants are closed. Empty vacancies and premises are everywhere because shops and companies have gone bankrupt. The playgrounds that are usually filled with the lives and play of running children are empty, yes not just empty, they are closed and abandoned. The children are no longer allowed to play together and their mothers are no longer allowed to pee. Parents have to dig holes for their children in the bushes when they are unable to hold on. It looks like madness. It's short and sweet madness. And if there was a good reason for that, maybe you could understand. But is there one? I have always felt that there was something strange about the whole Corona crisis. I never really believed in it. And it turns out that there are no more people dying this year than last year in Denmark, not even among the old. Statistics in Denmark show that. The Corona danger looks like a hoax, a myth, an evil reputation. A big fat lie simply. But if that's a lie, how can our politicians simply shut down the whole world and crush our society, because what experts say is just a cold? I know nothing about viruses. I know nothing about health. But I know something about Copenhagen. You have destroyed my city. Everyone has been scared. Everyone has fled the city. People see disease built out of fear. Fear and powerlessness are dominant. To me, we look like we're just following politics and nobody knows very much about anything. And then it is common to judge those who dare to think for themselves and to question whether this whole situation is dangerous at all. It is not OK. It seems to me that politicians have failed. And even failed miserably. Really big. If you have been injured, you must repair it. It would be appropriate for politicians to admit the mistake and resign. And then there are many people who need compensation for the damage you have done. Both people and old functioning companies that have been able to cope with previous crisis times. But not the Corona crisis. Arnold Busck was the only bookstore to sell my new female beauty book. Arnold Busck is now bankrupt. The city has become poorer. We have lost something nice and irreplaceable. What is important in a city is diversity. All small businesses, cafes, restaurants, kiosks, grocery stores. The small cozy shops. All the nice little places where you can get an antique book, a homemade cake, a flower, a cup of black coffee, maybe a glass of red wine with a friend. It is the small places that die during a crisis like this. It's not Mc Donald's, not Frederiksberg Center. It is not the Danish supermarket. It's not Dell and not Microsoft. You are destroying the greatness of Copenhagen. You destroy the diversity, magic and mystery of the city. You're destroying my city. Do not do it. And never do it again. Sincerely Mathilde Grafström Instagram:@mathildegrafstrom_insta & @thildegrafstrom
The value of an image
In one way the value of images has never been higher and in another way the value has never been lower than now? I will explain how I think but first maybe we need to figure out what the concept of image is for something? To me, an image is both moving or still. It can be obtained digitally or analogue. An image can be authentic or fabricated and retouched. The purpose of the image can be purely personal, for documentation purposes, for pure entertainment purposes, for artistic purposes or for the purpose of provoking and showing something you think is wrong or unfair or why not something you think is nice and good that needs to be highlighted. An image is a frozen moment, a memory and a historical act for posterity. Today we are fed by images in social media and via other media and we are many who are "stuck" in the swamp, not least myself. It is a fantastic development and it shrinks and unites a great world. But perhaps the development of images has gone faster than our brains can handle and perhaps the amount of images that are published daily and affects our brains gives a kind of wasted indifference to the actual value of an image? My experience, and perhaps to some extent prejudice, is that it should be styled and fixed with images to the extent that you change reality to get likes and create some kind of fantasy world. You change colors and mix with images so that sunsets seem to come from storybooks or distant galaxies. You put on filters, change body shapes and appearances just because you can or do not feel comfortable in who you really are. Some people organize their breakfast pictures to perfection and these are the things you put out. Of course, it is a knowledge and a skill to work in photoshop and create realistic changes to images, but I think you should do it with great care. How are we affected by seeing only the perfect moments, the stylized and changed bodies or landscapes? What signals does it give our young people to relate to? Another thing that I think this entails is that everything should go so fast. You scroll and scroll, click and click, like and like, hate and hate. Do you even have time to see the picture? Do you take the time to analyze it? Do you think of the person behind the picture and the person in the picture? Is there any thought with the picture? The web gives us a fantastic opportunity to share thoughts and experiences. Unfortunately, there are many who hide behind the identityless computer and have opinions about things you actually know nothing about, but people have quick opinions at least. It fascinates and amazes me. I myself have received many accolades over the years for my nude photos and my choices of "models" and that I do not retouch the people. Why? Why do even people care and why do people want to publish only "perfect" people, with big breasts, botox lips, airbrush skin and other fake. why do you not want to stand for the natural and most common? I think that's nasty. The availability of images today is enormous. The Internet makes it possible for anyone to google an image, download it and use it for better or worse and have opinions about it. But did you know that it's actually a crime. Just because it is available online and technology makes it possible, the picture is not free, it is not just to be taken for granted. Do you think so in the grocery store as well. "Yes, but here's a milk. I take it." I have several friends who make a living from photography, I have several friends who have had to quit their jobs at newspapers (who also do not value the value of a picture of a photographer anymore). That their pictures and mine are stolen and used is sad. I understand, as I said, that we ended up here because the technology exists and it has been a matter of course for so long. But think a little more. Think about the work behind the picture, think about the people behind and in the picture. A really low, but good example is when a blogger (does not mention names) posts videos on youtube where she and a "photographer" show how they, to attract pathetic, horny guys to her "membersarea" and for her to get some quick cash, googles a picture of a naked girl and cuts in the influencer's head. So she wants to show herself naked to her fans to get money, fine it's her choice. But she does not really dare and then googles someone else who has dared or ended up there for completely wrong reasons. She both steals the picture and tricks her fans that it is her. There were a lot of outbursts and many became angry and upset. She and the so-called the photographer then says that it was a "prank", as if it would make it more acceptable? It's still at least one crime. After further strong reactions, they say it was for charity. As if an organization wants to bring in money for them that way !? Anyway, where do I want to go with all this? I want you and I to think a little more about the images that abound out there in cyberspace. If you still have opinions about an image, the least you can do is to really look at it and see who is behind it and who may be participating in it. Keep in mind that behind people may be children, family and strong emotions. Try to understand the value of the images and above all stick to the law and do not take for granted that you can only twist an image, just because it works. Here are some simple points that may be worth considering. 1. Who is the author of the picture? 2. What is the purpose of the image? 3. Who / what is in the picture? 4. Do you have enough knowledge about participating in the photo and the photographer to
have an opinion? 5. Do not steal other people's pictures at all. Röttle byVättern close to Gränna.
To want to dare
Hello, I'm Kim. I'm not binary. Almost 30 years old and has not grown up at all as I thought I would be at this point in my life. For what does it really mean, to be an adult. My occupation is a mixture of many different art expressions such as performance art, modeling, photography and writing. I have been a model for Mattias for several rounds. It is exciting to look back at those pictures now, perhaps especially at the series of pictures that Mattias afterwards chose to call "Boys will be boys". Because that was before I knew. It has taken me many years to get to where I am today. To come to an understanding of who I am and what identifies me. When I was growing up, trance was far from a well-known concept. And for a long time I thought that trance was only about the other sex. To be born in the wrong body. But for me it has never been so easy, not because it's ever easy to be different and gender dysphoria is really nothing to play with. But what I'm trying to say is that I thought for a long time that I probably did not fit into that category. I did not want to be a man. But somewhere inside it still rubbed, because I was not a woman either .. So how did it go together? I spent many years wanting to be someone else. With dreaming of a flat chest. I talked to my friends about my feelings, thinking it was about just wanting smaller breasts. I was like a woman after all. For what else was I? Could one be anything else? When I talked to psychologists, I was often told, "But you who are so feminine" Then I used to think; What you do not know is that inside I am a feminine gay. I have always fallen for feminine men and gays. But they never wanted me. Haha .. But really, maybe I just dreamed of being like them? I have always thought that feminine attributes such as high heels and dresses look best on masculine bodies. I have played a lot with my own gender expression. Often it has been about trying to reflect the person I see myself as inside. But also to try to get the people around me to stop sexing me immediately. But all these feelings have been so diffuse, so hard to grasp. Non-binary. Which to me means; to not be a gender. Is for many a rather difficult equation. But I'm not going to apologize anymore. I'm not sorry because I'm me. I have finally found the answer to what has always rubbed inside me. And I'm grateful you want to dare to accept. Without having a solution to the equation. Let me be me. I know you have many questions. So thank you for googling, because there is so much information out there! <3 Is one of many sites with lots of good information on the subject. So now I'm standing here. 30 years old. Under a name I always knew was really mine. Neither man nor woman. With a time at a clinic that might help me finally give myself that flat chest that I have been dreaming of for so long. Thank you Dad, without your inheritance money I would never have been able to do this. Strangely enough, you would probably have turned in your grave if it were possible and you knew what I was using your money for. But dear beloved father, if you only knew how much more I I am now. You always nagged about how important it is to be yourself. And that's exactly what I'm now a father. Myself. ...... You can also find me on instagram under @kimwiden Thank you Mattias for the opportunity to guest blog on your platform. If you as a reader have ever considered being a model, I can warmly recommend Mattias. He is very professional and a safe person to be around.