A Closer Look: Scandinavia


Making photographs on a trip is a creative challenge. Capturing the “postcard” shots is an important part of documenting a place. However, when I am able to take my time, I love to work a scene and pare it down to its details.  It’s those images that often end up as my favorites.

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Masts and Clouds, Stockholm

 

“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”

~ Elliott Erwitt

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Young Commuter, Helsinki

 

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Street Sign, Bergen

 

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Waffle Cones, Stockholm

 

 

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”

~ Annie Leibovitz

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This Old House, Bergen

 

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Asparagus, Copenhagen

 

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Sunset Shimmers, Balestrand

 

“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”

~Ernst Haas

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Manhole Cover, Bergen

 

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Cured

 

 

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Bumpers, Stockholm

 

 

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65 comments

  1. I feel right at home wehen I see your impressions from Scandinavia, Jane Lurie! 🙂 They are beautiful and you have captured the essence of North in you details. Very well done.
    Sometimes when I travel, I feel almost overwhelmed with all the scenic sights and the urge to make photos and at the same the thought of all the work with post processing and sorting it all out and just pick a few from so many. It’s all time consuming and the company of the people around are so precious too.
    Loe the quotes!
    Have a great weekend,
    Dina & co x

    • Hi Hanne, I am sorry I didn’t reply to your wonderful comment until now. Slipped by. I agree wholeheartedly about all the photos and post processing…and the push/pull of just wanting to be in the moment and simply look and enjoy! I’m happy you enjoyed this and that it created some dialogue. I loved Scandinavia! Thanks very much and hope all is well in your part of the world!

  2. Really enjoyed these shots from my old stomping grounds, in particular Helsinki and Stockholm.

  3. You touch on something here that explains why I did not shoot much during the past few months ~ I was working with others (non-photography business) and when I did have time to go out and shoot, like you “I love to work a scene and pare it down to its details” but since I was always with people, this just wasn’t possible so the camera remained in the bag 🙂 What you’ve done here with these shots ~ perfect breakdown of a scene, creating something special. Great shots Jane.

    • Hi Randall- It is amazing how many things effect one’s creativity, not only who we are with or the demands of work, but also our moods. When I’m feeling introspective, I often go close. Happy you enjoyed these eclectic moments. Thank you so much. 😄

  4. Jane, I wish postcards would have this refinement and beauty. All without exception, are uniquely gorgeous and say a story. The quotes are perfectly fit to them.
    Enjoy your time in Scandinavia.

  5. Jane…these are all fantastic shots, the kind of shots you like to see from places (after the picture postcard types) when traveling. These are the kind of shots I like to take. As a matter of fact, when I saw “this old house” photo, it actually made me want to get up and go take a photo of the old house I am presently staying…and so I did! So thanks…

  6. all beautiful postcard possibilities ☺️

  7. Really great work! Wonderful compositions and nice selection of quotes.

  8. Wonderful! I really like the photo entitled “This Old House, Bergen”.

  9. Lovely pictures.

  10. Your blog and photography stile is so fantastic !

  11. Beautiful shots. Loved your photography style. 🙂

  12. Beautiful images- really love those masts and would love to plunge into those radiant waters, reflecting the sherbert hues of sunset…”Sunset Shimmers” I just love that title.

    Those are the photos that always end up as my favourites too. Beautiful series capturing the “details” here. What a wonderful place to explore. And excellent quotes!!

    All the best,

    Autumn Jade

    • Hi Autumn Jade – So nice to read your encouraging comment. Thanks very much. As you, I like to find the more intimate scenes in addition to the big picture. Hope all is well with you and I appreciate your visit.

      • I love visiting your blog. You share such beautiful images, coupled with inspiring, insightful words. I am ardently looking forward to future visits.

        All well and grand, here, as the dog-days pave the sea and the cicadas drone into the humid night. Such is summer 🙂

        Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week-

        Autumn Jade

  13. You got me with the first photo of the masts and clouds, Jane. I love silhouettes, and the other photos are just as good. You did a great job framing the young commuter with the railing and window.
    Ω

    • Hi Allan, Thank you so much. I am a big fan of silhouettes, too. Glad the little guy caught your eye– the light was so nice on him. He was totally on his own, too. You don’t see that in the states. Your reaction to these shots is much appreciated. Have a great night!

  14. What interesting subjects you chose, Jane! All are exquisitely framed.

  15. I enjoy your style of photography! It is very raw and simple.

  16. “All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by.”

    Your tall ship photo, absolutely perfect! A lot of photographers would take the time to remove the radar gear in Photoshop – glad you left it in.

    • Hi David– I love that quote and your lovely comment. Thanks so much. I mulled the radar gear and dismissed the thought of trying to do anything about it… as if I have the skills to do it. 🙂 The contrail bothered me (I am calling out flaws) but I just darkened the sky a bit and left it. I think you may have seen the black and white version of this which was my first instinct but like the color version. I really appreciate your encouragement.

  17. WONDERFUL post Jane. Recently I have been having these very thoughts about my own work. It is hard to resist the grand landscapes available here in Colorado yet it is most often the more intimate scenes that appeal to me most. You’ve included an excellent set of images to illustrate this and ‘This Old House’ is my favorite!

    • Hi Denise, Your reaction means a lot coming from your eye- thank you so much. Images often reflect my mood-when I am feeling introspective I tend to go close. I do love your big landscapes and so I know your close-ups will be wonderful.
      I wonder who lives in that old house? Happy shooting!

  18. The Bergen Manhole Cover caught my attention. How could anyone refuse delivery of any post card you shot and you took the time to send them? No, I don’t believe they would. Even the pattern of cobblestones and the moss between those stones stand out in your captured image. Outstanding.

    • Hi Bluespade- How nice to read your reaction, especially to that image. I was pleased with the patterns. While I was there, I was thinking one could do a series just on manhole covers, they were so attractive. I really appreciate your visit and I look forward to checking out your site. Thank you. PS– I do love postcard shots-that’s nice 🙂

  19. Superb photos and quotes, Jane. I really love that Old House 🙂 🙂 Have a happy week!

  20. All terrific Jane but for me the young commuter really captures the imagination. Beautiful

  21. So excellent! I love these smaller images from your trip. I like to photograph these kinds of small details, too, but I don’t have quite your talent!

  22. Fantastic photo gallery, Jane. I particularly love those waffle cones and the old house in Bergen. Actually I love them all. 🙂

  23. Love the “This Old House” shot. It is so often capturing the right details and composing them the right way that tells a poignant story, but agreed that it is much harder to do when one is on the road.

    • Hi Atreyee- I’m so glad you like that one in particular– it was such a cool, old place. You know as well as any how hard it is to shoot, organize and write on the road…and you do it so well! Thanks very much for your kind words.

  24. Very much enjoyed these shots as well as the earlier Scandinavian photos.

  25. Wow, these are just fantastic!! Love the ships masts the best. Excellent work Jane! ❤️

  26. Love the way the red bleeds into the water on the “bumpers” shot.

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