Yesterday it was the 17th of May, the national day of Norway where we celebrate the constitution. Here’s a few photos from yesterday. If you want to see more photos, I shot many last year. You can also read about the 17th of May in the blog nebraskaenergyobserver.
I was planning to take a lot of photos, but as we arrived downtown it started raining heavily. When we managed to escape the rain we were already soaking wet, so we returned home.
Here’s a draft that I made a couple of weeks ago from a photo walk with some other photo geeks.
Dinosaur Jr. played at Betong in Oslo on the 21.02.2013. Here’s a few photos and short film clips.
Went for a photo walk today.
The Weekly Photo Challenge theme this week? Love.
“Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond?”
I’ve had the same Gravatar for a while now, so I figured out it was time to make a new one.
Here’s some of my old ones. As you can see they all play with the same theme:
Three versions of the same one:
I wasn’t satisfied with this burning head, so I never used it as a gravatar:
Trivia: The English word “skull” is probably derived from Old Norse “skalli” meaning bald, while the Latin word cranium comes from the Greek root κρανίον (kranion). (Wikipedia)
Here’s one more: http://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/the-cardinal/
Three variations on the same theme:
Yesterday there was a protest in Gamlebyen, Oslo. Some people were protesting against Islam, while some other people were protesting against people protesting against Islam. Here’s some more info, a gallery and a video clip.
Side#1 (The Anti-Muslims):
- Claim that muslims are taking over Europe.
- Believes that most muslims are extremists that hate non-believers.
- Uses their democratic freedom to arrange demonstrations and publicly express their point of view.
- Wants to expel all muslims from Norway/Europe (even the ones that are born and raised here).
- Claim that they are non-violent.
- Claim that all muslims are either violent or that they’re waiting to become the majority before they hijack our democracy.
- Are against the fact that many schools in Oslo have a majority of immigrants (some schools around 90%, but not all of them are muslims).
- Have a dream that society will return to being ethnical white (like it pretty much was all the way up until the end of the 1970′s).
Side#2 (The Anti-Anti-Muslims)
- Claims that Side#1 are racists.
- “Criticism of Islam = racism” (?)
- Claim that Side#1 are friends of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.
- Thinks that freedom of speech is good (but should only apply to those who agree with themselves).
- On multiple occasions they’ve used violence to stop political opponents such as Side#1 and supporters of Israel.
The police sealed off the area to protect Side#1 against Side#2. They put up 2 checkpoints, plus a sealed off area inside the 2 checkpoints where Side#1 could hold their protest.
If we’re not counting the protestors from Side#1, the people inside the police checkpoints consisted of 95% journalists. The rest (5%) were 3 children from the neighborhood, some police officers dressed in civilian clothing, plus a young couple that no-one really knew or seemed to pay much attention to.
Also among the spectators, was a researcher from the College of Oslo (he was there as a researcher – not to express support with Side#1). His name is Lars Gule and he’s a public person that is often used by Norwegian media as an “expert-witness on political extremists and Islam”. Today he’s teaching Islam at the College of Oslo, but in 1977 he was arrested in Beirut on his way to Israel with explosives in his luggage. His plan was to blow up some jews, but his plan was thwarted. (http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Gule).
As you can see from the photos, Side#1 was a tiny bunch of people while Side#2 totally outnumbered them. Even the journalists was close to outnumber Side#1 (and at some point I believe they did).
Many of the residents in the neighborhood had put banners with Oslo and a heart in the windows facing the park where the protest was being held. Someone put up a banner that read “Klosterenga for alle”, meaning ‘Klosterenga for everyone’ (Klosterenga is the name of the park).
Here’s a clip from the protest (sorry about the camera shake, but I don’t have a steady hand, nor enough experience, when it comes to filming…)
This was posted under the category News Photos
Went to capture some photos at a protest demonstration in Gamlebyen, Oslo today.
The police were there and they’d put on their riot gear and brought their horses, but the protest was conducted without any violent episodes. After a couple of hours the protesters returned to their homes, which was very nice for all the police officers & journalists because we all had cold feet.
Busy days, so I’ll post this draft that has been waiting to be published:
This has been part 18-21 of my series “Street photos from Israel”. If you have missed out on the previous shots, you’ll find them here:
- Street photo from Israel 01 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Street photo from Israel 02 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Street photo from Israel 03 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Street photos from Israel 04-09 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Street photos from Israel 10-14 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Street photos from Israel 15-17 / The People look like flowers at last (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Street photos from Israel 18-21 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
Two pictures from Norway. I believe they were both shot in 2006, but I’m not sure and it doesn’t really matter anyway.
The mountain photo is shot in Valdres, the city photo in Tønsberg.
Rain, rain, rain.
“It will rain all this night and we will sleep transfixed by the dark water as our blood runs through our fragile life.”
― Charles Bukowski
These are shot with my old Canon EOS 300D camera. Still can’t get enough?
Here’s more rain:
This is a nargileh with fruit tobacco. It’s also called shisha, sheesha or hookah in different parts of the world.
In this photo I’ve blended 4-5 photos with different exposures together.
- Check out Deanne’s nargileh here: obsoproject.wordpress.com – Turkish Water Pipe
Just to clear things up immediately: the woman on this photo is not not my wife. She’s some random woman I met while I was on a stroll downtown. She’s obviously a fine specimen, something which of course intrigued me, so I asked if I could take her picture. She said ‘yes’ and I clicked the shutter. Later on I removed the colors in the background, because all the photos plastered up on the wall became a distraction from the main subject in the photo.
See more entries at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/weekly-photo-challenge-free-spirit/
10 photos from Jerusalem.
Previous posts about Jerusalem:
Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art. - Cheri Lucas, Weekly Photo Challenge, WordPress
Super-excited about the Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Last week I had a look at the History of Tattoo, this week I’ve chosen 3 photos that represent the theme “Merge”.
1. To cause to be absorbed, especially in gradual stages.
2. To combine or unite: merging two sets of data.
1. To blend together, especially in gradual stages.
2. To become combined or united.
How about you, did you like the WPC this week? Please share a link to your post if you’ve posted for the challenge this week.
Fellow bloggers interpretations:
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- Flickrcomments.wordpress.com: Merge
- Windagainstcurrent.com: Merge
- Betigaklaten.wordpress.com: Merge
- Eagerexplorer.wordpress.com: Merge
- Laavventura.wordpress.com: Merge
- Warmhotchocolate.com: Merge
- Brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com: submerging
- Bukaningrat.wordpress.com: Merge on panoramic
- Annarashbrook.wordpress.com: Merge
Here’s a quick scan & restore of another old family photo. I followed the same recipe like before, but I also added a levels layer for the car color & a brightness/contrast layer for the windshield. I believe the car is a 1970′s Ford Transit.
If you want the full tutorial on how to restore your old photos, follow this link:
“When I get down to my last dime I’ll just walk over to skid row.”
“There are some real weirdos down there.”
― Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple. This week the team over at WordPress decided to go for another color in the Weekly Photo Challenge: ” – what kind of purple caught your photographic eye? Share a picture that means PURPLE to you!”
I like photographing and I love photographing people! These photos were all shot at the Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade in Oslo earlier this summer. With so many colorful personalities around, this event was like a photographers dream!