I love this time of year. When things quiet down I start to dream about the places I want to visit. The things I want to learn. I look back at photos from old trips and let the nostalgia and wanderlust take over. Below are a few film shots from a couple of years ago when we celebrated Christmas in Washington D.C. Thank you for celebrating with me when I resigned from my day job in July to pursue this crazy and wild dream. I am grateful for your support every day! Cheers to a new year with endless possibilities! Shot with my Nikon F100 and Portra 160. Developed and scanned by Indie Film Lab.
Everyone who visits Vancouver probably utters the words "I want to move here". As soon as you land at YVR you just fall in love with the city, the water, the mountains, the amazing food, and the incredibly clean and refreshing air. When I recently went to Vancouver for the Canada Photo Convention, to learn from some of the best wedding photographers in the world, Bradley joined me for a couple of days before the convention started. Since we had not had time to research the city beforehand, we relied completely on our concierge. Raymond, a fellow foodie, got us reservations to some fresh and delicious sushi at ShuRaku, and a kick-ass meal at Hawksworth Restaurant which recently won Restaurant of the Year in Vancouver for the second year in a row. Yum! When we weren't in a total food coma, we walked the streets of Vancouver, rode the Trolley, and visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge which was just a mere 15 min bus ride from the Convention Center downtown. Walking among some of the biggest trees I've ever seen in my life was just incredible. I am so grateful for these few days together, and I appreciate that Bradley convinced me to bring the film camera even though I only had black and white film at home. These memories are priceless to me and the black and white adds a bit of nostalgia.
My husband and I love to travel, and on Christmas Day we dropped Alice of at Camp Bow Wow and drove to DC just before the snow storm hit Pittsburgh. We met some of our friends who now live in the DC area and spent a morning at Washington National Cathedral. I was excited to see my friend's mom from Colombia whom I hadn't seen in over three years. She is the sweetest, and calls my husband Peligroso (Mr Dangerous), because he knows just enough Spanish to be dangerous. LOL My goal during the trip was to shoot nothing but film, and I intended to capture a lot of the monuments along the national mall. However, the days just flew by and we decided to do a night tour instead. It was quite special to walk down to the national Christmas tree and see the various monuments lit up in the distance. Despite being Scandinavian I will confess that it was absolutely freezing as we started to make our way back on foot from Lincoln Memorial to our hotel in Dupont Circle. Thankfully a taxi driver pulled over and we were so happy to see him.
Last week I received the scans from Indie Film Lab of my first attempt at shooting film. The key here is that I was doing it in full manual as I always do with my digital camera, but using a constant ISO and no possibility to preview the shot. I wasn't sure how it would turn out and if all of them would be completely blurry, but I was happily surprised with the result. While there is plenty of room for improvement, these are special to me because of the fact that since I had to make a conscious decision and not waste precious film, I remember every single moment.
It has been incredibly quiet on the blog lately and there is a reason for that. Last Thanksgiving we started planning a family vacation to celebrate my in-laws 40-year wedding anniversary and my husband's 30th birthday. My father-in-law's grandmother emigrated from Oslo, Norway, and his great-great-great-great-grandfather emigrated from a small village called Selseng in the vicinity of Sognefjord (Norway's largest fjord). He still has second cousins in Oslo, and relatives in Selseng, and has not visited Norway since the 1960s. After the Selsengs came over to visit Wisconsin (where their relatives emigrated to) three years ago, he has wanted to go back. Since our parents had not yet met it was the perfect opportunity to do a trip to Norway as well as Sweden.
Spending time together, finally introducing the parents to each other, eating delicious Scandinavian home-cooked food, getting to know the Norwegians (who guided us around to so many beautiful places), and taking a hiatus from the computer for 3 weeks was amazing, and so rejuvenating. I've only picked a few photos to show on the blog. They're the ones I like to dream back to while listening to the tunes of Sigur Ros. A part of me gets so inspired by the simple and quiet yet majestic north. A dream would be to one day photograph a destination wedding in Oslo, Sogndal, Stockholm and Umea. Hopefully by saying it out loud it will come true. :)
From Newark, NJ...
...to Kaupanger, Norway (after a couple of days in Oslo). The airport was on top of one of the mountains! The Sogn of Fjordane area. Selseng. A little paradise. My husband and I. Alice would have loved running around in the valley. A midnight walk. This is how dark it gets in the summer. I LOVE it!
A little book town along the fjord.
The goat summer pasture where we tried romme grot. Rich yummy porridge.
Imagine a bridal portrait in this picturesque Scandinavian landscape. It's just magical.
The village of Solvorn where we took the ferry to Urnes to visit a 1000 year old stave church.In about 10-20 min of driving time we went from 0 meter above sea level to 1400 meter on top of Sognefjellet.
So thankful that my husband was driving. :) Most of the roads in Norway were single lane i.e. if you met someone in a tunnel you had to try to get to the side and let the other car from opposite direction pass.
Last day in Selseng.
Onto the adventures in Sweden...
The nature in the far north of Sweden, where I grew up, holds many treasures and memories. I love the smell of the trees, the peacefulness, the beauty, and the silence. This is what I photograph when I slow down and just observe.