SANDVIKEN SJØFRONT is a residential and commercial area in Sandviken, Bergen. It is situated on the waterfront and consists of a mix of new and old, restored buildings. SVEIN BOASSON AS has been in charge of the outdoor area, everything from the beautiful big pier, to the stone work and all the green areas. I have worked for them for a couple of years now and it's so fascinating to follow these projects from start to finish. I took these photos in June 2015– on one of the only sunny days Bergen had that month. It was a great day at the 'office'.
LINA'S BERLIN APARTMENT
This is my friend LINA's apartment in Neukölln, BERLIN. I stayed there for a week in May in 2013 when I was visiting, and it has such a great atmosphere. The apartment is light, spacious and full of amazing details ..and it very nicely reflects the personality of its owner. I feel grateful for both having her as a friend, and the time I/we spent in her apartment that spring.
HANNE´S BRUSSELS TOWNHOUSE
HELLEREN is situated on the north side of Store Lungegårdsvann in Bergen. In 2014 the project was finished, housing Bergen’s new main high school, AMALIE SKRAM VIDEREGÅENDE SKOLE, as well as big public swimming facilities, AdO ARENA. SVEIN BOASSON AS was in charge of the outdoor area, which includes a pier, a skating pool and an outdoor basketball court. I photographed the project in august 2014 as it was just finished, and it was fun to see how the area had immediately been taken into use by local kids.
DNB NOR SOLHEIMSVIKEN
This is a project I photographed for SVEIN BOASSON AS in October 2014. They were in charge of the entire outdoor area around DNB NOR's new facilities in Solheimsviken in BERGEN.
LARS' BERLIN STUDIO
So this is the BERLIN STUDIO that functioned as my home for a couple of weeks when I was back in Berlin for a month in May 2013. It belongs to a friend of mine that was currently out of town .. and I was very happy when I found out that I could live here while he was gone. It is located in a BACKYARD that is connected to a very charming street in KREUZBERG. I just love the furniture, the windows, LARS' paintings, the concrete floors, the LAMP made by ØYSTEIN, the light ..just the ATMOSPHERE of the space. As I have mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things when I live, or am staying in a new space ..that I really like, is to get to spend time with it ..and SOAK in all the visual impressions ..and then try to capture it the way I see it ..and the way I feel about it, through my camera. For me, having the chance to spend a lot of time with a ROOM ..or a PLACE ..or an OBJECT that I really like ..while photographing it, can be compared to the feeling a person could get if they had the chance to sit in the sun. .. for as long as they wanted ..while eating as much as they wanted of their favorite ICE CREAM ...or the feeling you can get when you disappearing into your favorite BOOK or MAGAZINE. So yes, I INDULGE in these situations. Writing this makes me think of this sentence that I wrote down many years ago ..while in art school; 'I am a person who has a very non-superficial relationship to many superficial things' ...or as a friend of mine put it the other night ; 'I love beautiful things' could be your mantra.
COS is a small wine producer in the VITTORIA region of Sicily. The company COS is run by two architects ..and I LOVED the details of the winery. If I had known in advance that it was possible to stay there ..as well as eat delicious food from their kitchen (if you let them know in advance) ..I definitively would have been interested ..in either both or just the food ..I guess it will have to be next time. Beautiful area, really good wines ..and OLIVE OIL. Some of the wines we tasted were made in clay AMFORAS instead of wood barrels. This makes the wines very INTERESTING. One of the other fun things at COS is they PLAY MUSIC for the wines. A guy who works with sound has told them which FREQUENCIES are best for the wines, and while were in the cellar, there was some nice CLASSICAL music. And yes; they also have an unusual bottle shape (it's a little more chubby than most bottles) that makes the wine easy to recognize ..the shape of the bottle comes from a bottle they originally found on the property as they took it over.
MY SISTER'S TRONDHEIM APARTMENT
I took these pictures in January 2013 right after my husband I came back after half a year in NYC. It felt so at home and quiet and scandinavian. I loved spending time there and just soak in the colors, structures and atmosphere.
BØNESHEIA is where I grew up in. It was my second home and I lived there from the age of 2 to 19. Later I spent a year there in my early twenties. So to be precise, it was both my second and my sixth home. A happy home both times. Bønesheia is a part of an area called BØNES, situated about 10-15 minutes outside of the city center of BERGEN, and even though my GRANDMOTHER used to insist that my sister and I were growing up in the cold and evil CITY, it never felt much like that to me, and it honestly wasn't. Bønesheia was built in the early EIGHTIES, and we were one of the first families to move in. Growing up there I naturally never really gave the place much thought, but as I grew older I started to see it with different eyes. First in terms of aspects like social demographics, I think it must have been the most HOMOGENOUS place to grow up. Not just in terms of jobs, cars and national origin; most kids in my first grade class were the oldest child out of two, and their younger sibling the exact same age as my little sister. I still remember the first time there was a family of something other than Norwegian origin on the bus back home from the city. This was during the period when Bønesheia was my 6th home. Later I started to notice Bønesheia in a purely visual way. This gallery is result of that and it's an ongoing collection of pictures I take when I go back to visit my parents and my childhood home.
CRUBA BY MIRA BECKER - THE STORE
CRUBA by MIRA BECKER is a German fashion label located in MITTE in BERLIN. The facilities in Augustßtrasse host both their store, as well as their studio. I got to know them when they designed my wedding dress. Not only was I more than happy about my dress, it was also the beginning of a beautiful friendship and fun work collaborations. The first photo job I did for them was photographing their store.
A NEIGHBORHOOD, BERGEN
These pictures are from a neighborhood in BERGEN that I photographed for ParkDrift. Their job is to maintain different public green areas, private gardens ..and like in this case; the hedges and trees of a neighborhood. It was my first assignment for them, but I think it will be fun working for them since I love flowers and trees. I also thought this neighborhood had such a nice feel to it that I wanted to share it with you too! I think hedges like these are sooo beautiful:)