It was in August 2013 that I by accident stumbled upon the red cabin and its surrounding lake. I assume the location has been photographed before my first attempts at capturing its inherent beauty and charm. Owing to the fact that the lake is a drinking water reservoir for a whole community I am very reluctant to disclose its exact location — also in the hope of protecting it from Instagram trophy hunters.
The Lofoten archipelago is one of the most photographed regions in Norway. Its images have flooded the social media in the last couple of years – certainly, both you and I have seen them. And at some point, both you and I have been dreaming of visiting either Lofoten or other places we have seen in the form of breathtaking imagery.
If you enjoy watching time-lapse videos, then you’ve heard of Morten Rustad. After his video “NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure”, he now has a new gorgeous time-lapse video out. “SEASONS of NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure” is recorded in 8K, and it covers 20,000 kilometers of a beautiful country of Norway. It was shot within a course of one year, showing the divine beauty of Norway throughout four seasons.
The legend of Atlantis has caused a lot of philosophic discussions and inspired many writers and artists for their works. While many people still argue whether it existed or not, Norway has its own Atlantis, and it is very much real. A Norwegian photographer and videographer Lars Korvald took a mask, fins and an underwater camera, and created photos and video of this magnificent place.
After a rather recent public controversy over censorship rules, Facebook are revisiting their playbook when it comes to newsworthy images. Those posting images like the one at the top of this post by photography Nick Ut, were warned to remove or pixelate them to comply with Facebook’s guidelines. When even Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg reposted the photo to shot her support, her post was removed, too.
The images and associated posts have since been reinstated. It does leave obvious unanswered questions about what is and isn’t allowed, though. After receiving feedback from its community, Facebook are taking another look at their rules and how they can create a system that respects such work, while continuing to block things we don’t want to see.
Facebook is probably the biggest media outlet in the word, which probably makes Mark Zuckerberg the most powerful editor in the world. But with great power comes great responsibility, and that means that Facebook should be extra careful when deciding which photos they are removing from their network.
The story begins with Facebook removing a post (and the photo) of Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. The photo was part of an article discussing seven photographs that changed the history of warfare. (By the way, the “real name” of this photo by Nick Ut is The Terror of War).
The next step was to delete a Facebook post by Tom Egeland, the author, discussing the removal or the initial photo, and blocking him from facebook for 24 hours.
We’ve covered the “evils of Photoshop” as it pertains to human subjects a number of times, but the use of some photography and Photoshop techniques in travel photography are starting to cause concerns to grow that tourists will become disappointed upon arriving at their destination.
Social Media’s constant pressure for “Shares” and “Likes” is only fuelling this trend towards making destinations appear more attractive by intentionally warping our vision of the world.
A Norwegian couple visiting Thailand’s southern city of Krabi was out birdwatching and photographing when they got stuck in the mud.
Luckily a local fisherman came to their rescue and helped them out, risking getting stuck himself, despite being able to easily make off with their expensive equipment.
The fisherman asked for nothing in return, but in the age of social media and the internet good deeds don’t always go unnoticed.
Working as surf photographer that specializes in shooting some of the most frigid and icy waters on the planet is a mentally and physically demanding career. It’s the kind where you’re putting your life on the line on a regular basis and while it might be difficult and dangerous at times, it’s also incredibly alluring to those who accept it. That’s because, to see something all the way through to these sorts of extremes, you really, really have to love it–and love can make the soul do crazy things.
Take for example, Chris Burkard. A photographer who once dreamed of a thrilling life travelling to warm, tropical paradises to photograph the surf. That is until he caught a taste for the adrenaline brought about by paddling into the wicked, freezing waters of Iceland. Pushing himself to the brink of hypothermia, becoming disoriented in overhead surf, getting lost on a wave as a light snowfall suddenly turned into a full on blizzard–these are the kinds of things Burkard lives for.[Read More…]
When you think of wild animals, and I’m not talking about captive wildlife but animals actually living in the wild, their habitat is an inseparable part of them.
Andreas Lie, a Norwegian digital mixed media artist, created a wonderful series of wildlife portraits by merging photos of the animals and their natural environments.