… humility…..

standing among giants...//©anetteskuggedal

…I believe that the essence in life is the fact of humility…. an intuition of awareness of the mere fact that we are a part of an incredible amount of souls… that we evolve through others, and that our lives are innate with each-other… with the wisdom that we learn from each-other…..and through the ability to see and learn from each-other…we stand planted with our feet firmly on the ground…

dreams of the night...//©anetteskuggedal
standing tall.... amongst others.....//©anetteskuggedal

“..It is important to distinguish between genuine humility, which is a type of modesty, and a lack of confidence. They are not the same thing at all, although many confuse them. This may explain, in part, why today humility is often thought of as a weakness, rather than as an indication of inner strength, especially in the context of business and professional life….” ….. dalai lama

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dance whispers….

dance whispers….the soft, light energy of a dancer…….

whis•per |ˈ(h)wispər|verb [ intrans. ]speak very softly using one’s breath without one’s vocal cords, esp. for the sake of privacy • poetic/literary (of leaves, wind, or water) rustle or murmur softly.


dance whispers....//©anetteskuggedal
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airport stories…

…..airports… spaces that create fascinating meetings….a sense of travel… in time and space……….always filled with energy… movement……….people moving so fast that they are not even depicted in silver……all that is left behind is the structure… the space… and the energy…

airport stories....reflections// ©anetteskuggedal

airport stories.....dreams//©anetteskuggedal

airport stories...ghosts// ©anetteskuggedal

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Life Support Japan//

It really is important that we all find a way to help…..here are some links..




thank you…

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..hold in mind…



…as we wander through life our souls become a scrapbook of memories… experiences… exploration.. life…..images… softly developing the soul…..the passions…..the journey….







memory |ˈmem(ə)rē| – ability to hold in the mind

origin middle english  : from Old French memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor ‘mindful, remembering.’

“Think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.” – duane michals

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dreams series...//©anetteskuggedal

what constitutes the dreams of our children …our dreams .. where do they ride the winds.. in our turmoil.. our fears… our futures….desires.. & passions.. [our=parents]… the soul protectors… those that influence and guide.. with love as a balance maker……

But where do our children find their own dreams…. are we able to provide them with the openness, understanding and objective view of life… and its passions…

in my view barely… in my view as a parent I struggle to find the balance that is rightfully theirs… their need to be them and not a carbon copy of me…I hope that I never stop struggling in this way… as I see it as a way of constantly finding new ways to give them the freedom of choice….and of see them as they are …..so question them becomes …do we see our children through the challenge of seeing our selves?…

….In life this has nothing to do with the notion of a child born into a wealthy society or not…this has to do with our ability to see our own souls….as well as the respect of all children born… all those that are  trying to find their stand life………

shadows...// ©anetteskuggedal

and not merely shadows of our past…….

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I think to myself what a wonderful world….


I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.



Having used some time with Øyvind Hjelmens book, Elsewhere, I have to say that the foreword written by Tracy Xavia Karner sums up the atmosphere, the photographer, the poet…

“Elsewhere”//Øyvind Hjelmen

“An ongoing, life affirming series, Elsewhere is Hjelmen’s soothing response to the anxieties and distress of contemporary life. Lone figures pause in nebulous moments between what was and what will be. Shrouded in fog and bounded only by painted lines, laden trucks head down unknown roads.

A full moon guides wandering pilgrims onward. Abandoned stairs and empty chairs mark the shared journey. Above all, Elsewhere is a visual travelogue of a life well lived — full of exotic, yet seemingly familiar places, voyages of adventure and memory — a diary of the shadow and light that makes up a year, a day, a moment.

Øyvind Hjelmen creates a passage across continents and through time, only to reunite us at our most humane desire for beauty and wonder. ” – Tracy Xavia Karner

He takes you on a passionate journey .. where one lingers in dreams …although the images challenge in their sensuality and strength….. they also give you tranquility….. enjoy ..

See his work….


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I guess our lives grow by the serendipitous encounters in life… by the friends that we meet…by the children that one borrows for the short time of their childhood…by the fortunate loves that one encounters through all the relationships of ones life…

friend |frend|nouna person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.

ORIGIN Old English frēond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund,

from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to love,’ shared by free .

we have the fortunate opportunity to love… be & grow in these relationships… all through our lives… thank you for all those encounters… all the serendipitous moments that have led me to those people in  my life…. and to all the new experiences that it leads to…….


“….dream as if you will live forever….

live, learn & love as if you will die tomorrow…..” chris v. arvesen….

ida & tilly.......//©anetteskuggedal
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paris photo 2010

In all its essence 4 days indulging in the world of photography is an incredible privilege to take part in …..

…about 40000 people were able to meet 120 galleries,  exhibitors, book & magazine distributors…..a delicate mix between enticing photography…  photographers…collectors… curiosity… passion ….indulging in the same pool of wonder….

my reflections are merely a small taste of what I experienced during those days…my admiration lies with all those incredible photographers, their work, and their passion and drive in pushing the limits in order to create… and dig even deeper in the soul…

galerie VU'//

…what an incredible journey to come into their stand at Paris Photo. In my view one of the most interesting galleries in Paris….. as well as Europe. They have a long list of intriguing photographers that have distinctive signatures..

such as Anders Petersen…….

together with JH Engström they have published the “Back Home” that won the book of the year award in Arles. …..



©anders pettersen

… another is the work of Jean-Christian Bourcart

from Galerie VU’ s web//…the silhouettes of Stardust. Is this a way of pointing up the impossibility of seeing other people and the world directly, without interference from our projections, beliefs, desires and emotional or cultural filters? A way of making the ontologically illusory quality of our perceptions visible? What links these series is surely my urge to probe the nooks and crannies of the visible world for the covert images, reality equations, anamorphoses and dream matrices that are waiting there to be summoned up.»

the galerie VU'//

They have moved the gallery to a new space, where one is greeted by their courtyard and the warmth of the gallery… the space is split between different levels and at the moment Michael Ackerman’s work is exhibiting the walls.

michael ackerman ... a photographer that captures the soul's 
disequilibrium...making the viewer question his or hers..........
smoke 2000, ©michael ackerman

Michael Ackerman at Gallerie VU’

mathias olmeta//an intriguing soul...

in meeting these portraits I was so surprised, by the honesty of the children.. although I know very little about the photographer,  I have started a curiosity dig to find out more about him and his work….an intriguing and fascinating world…


ken kitano//a shy and humble man who passionately 
continues his project...

…next to Galleri VU’  at Paris Photo is a very interesting Japanese Gallery, MEM. They have contemporary Japanese art. As well as featuring Ken Kitano’s on-going work “Our Faces”, a photographer that I was introduced to last year. An incredible insight in gathering and describing segments in society through layering the portraits where one meets one portrait…..they are both delicate and strong in character.

Ken Kitano’s work

…upon wandering the grounds of Louvre and understanding its vast history.. and how prevalent history and art history is in fine art photography. …and the fact that it is the essence of what we base our references on…… the mere essence of understanding…

desiree dolron//

…an artist that captures the art of  history as well as she places the portraits in a contemporary light… they are solemn and intriguing in their presence.. her work is unique to perfection and delicate in presentation.

©desiree dolron

Desiree Dolron’s work

masao yamamoto//

…i guess if you see photography with a passion there no way that the work of masao yamamoto is unknown to you…. he is seen as the poet of japan.. where his work is looked upon as small pearls derived through his hands, as well as worn og weathered… he believes that the photographs are like small jewels and should be held in the palm of the hand.. but when he presents his work they also tell a different story… the delicate and perfection of a culture dedicated to detail, mixed with the passions of this photographer reveals intricate small stories…… as the collage grows like a tree from one leaf to another..

©masao yamamoto
sally mann//a photographer that dares to go beyond....

….although it goes without saying the work of sally man is in itself intriguing and wonderous……I am still in awe of her past work….as she touches, through her writing and  through her images, the soul of her children ….. shown in “immediate family” as well as ” at Twelve” series… take time to wonder in her world … it has a deeper essence and builds upon many layers..

©sally mann untitled, at twelve series
©sally mann, virginia at 6
camera obscura//an incredible gallery.. who exhibits some of my
personal favorites; sarah moon, masao yamamoto, pentti sammallahti,
paolo roversi & paolo ventura...
a mix of poetry and the sense of everyday life...
©sarah moon
sarah moon//

Her work is wonderful, a style that is her very own and that is as elegant as she… as she draws her own portraits of fashion… they are strong , and truly delicate in nature..There is a oppurtunity to view her work in a major exhibition at Fotografiska, Stockholm, mid winter /spring


luis gonzalez palma//an entising portrayer of life...

A photographer of passion.. a cultural inquisitor, Luis Gonzalez Palma…his body of work is divers and vast,  a Guatemalan born photographer that works with portraying the  contradiction in his culture. His work is intriguing and in that he developes and uses old techniques in which he produces deep sepia toned photographs.. in order to give his subjects more depth….

Elisabeth Culbert writes about him and his work in an essay from 1999:

The Postmodern Romantic

by Elizabeth Culbert

A self-taught photographer from Guatamala, Luis González Palma creates expressive works of art that are often about contradiction. His portraits of Mayan Indians present a tragic vision of life that is full of pain and beauty. Often collaged with images of contemporary symbols, objects, and icons, the pictures act as records of life in a country where violence and mysticism coexist. At the same time, the overwhelming sense of humanity in each picture speaks to the photographer’s ability to transcend cultural boundaries and tap into a pool of shared experience.

One of the most recognizable aspects of González Palma’s photographs is their deep sepia tone. He achieves this by painting a standard black and white print with asphaltum, then further manipulates the image by removing the asphaltum from key areas, returning them to the original white of the photograph. The process turns the pictures into tangible objects with a sense of history, creating a dialogue with the past that works toward a realization of the complex social legacy of Guatemala.

Luis González Palma: Poems of Sorrow will be published this spring by Arena Editions; the book surveys the photographer’s themes and obsessions since he began taking pictures over a decade ago. In his most recent work, González Palma continues to examine the subtleties of the gaze, along with the politics of looking and the complicity involved in the act of pointing the camera.

An Interview with Luis González Palma


still there are always surprises, as this years theme showed an array of photography from central Europe … there was one that caught my eye…

abram Uros//

…fairly established photographer that has interesting and surprising in work, solem…the work also seems to reflect the times…

©abram uros

Abram Uros’s work

in all as I look and see and indulge… I realize that I too tend to portray the world from my standpoint… a majority of the work that I have reflected on here is black & white, fine art, & stories…. stories that are told are of couse through my interpretation of the world that surrounds me…. either way I have to say that I have am privileged to be on a journey on trying to understand … a journey that takes me into worlds and encounters that I would never be without……enjoy….

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