A Portrait of Tore

Five photos / five stories black and white challenge: This is a portrait of my friend Tore Kierulf Næss. I can’t remember exactly when I took this photo, but if I say that it was shot sometime between 2004-2009, I’m pretty sure that I’ve nailed it time-wise.


Tore Kierulf Næss (born 21 February 1973) is a Norwegian master of philosophy, writer and art critic.

Tore Næss was an art critic for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen from 2005-2009 and was also the founder and editor of the art magazines Kunstmagasinet and KUNSTforum. Since 2009, Kierulf Tore Næss has been a medical student at the University of Oslo and has worked as an editor for the medical student paper Æsculap during the years 2011-2013. (Source: Wikipedia).

Tore and myself once held up a whole boat when we were on our way from Turkey to Greece. We’d been enjoying some wine at a local place and suddenly realized that we had to run in order to make it to the ferry. A turkish man from the customs came running after us on the docks, while waving his arms, screaming and yelling our names. We were almost afraid to stop and thought for a brief moment that we were on the verge of being arrested and charged with something ridiculous, like being in charge of an international league of drug smugglers or something like that. When the out of breath officer caught up with us, he held our passports in his hand and said, with a heavy accent:
“Mista Nas, Mista Max, You forgot your passports”.
A large crowd of tourists stood by the gunwale on the ship and laughed heartily with us of the little scene that had just happened on the docks.


  • Miz Rocket challenged me to a five photos / five stories black and white challenge. This has been the first out of five posts.
  • These are the rules of this challenge:
    1) To post a black & white photo every day for 5 days.
    2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem).
    3) To nominate a different person each day.


  • I’m not a big fan of rules, so I made my own interpretation to fit me:
  • 1) I’ll post 5 black & white photos in 5 different posts (on any random day and I might post other stuff in between those 5 posts).
    2) I’ll let some text accompany these 5 shots (but it might be a quote or a poem written by someone else if I don’t feel like sharing anything).
    3) I’ll nominate a different person each day. This will probably be some random who’s not actively following the blog. (We all have blog followers that you never see around, so I’m thinking that this can be a good way of interacting with them).

My first nomination is Nia from photographyofnia.com. Nia loves cats, trees & birds and she lives in the beautiful city of Istanbul (but it was pure coincidence that she lives in Turkey and that this post had a story that happened in Turkey – I didn’t know this when I nominated her). Just like me, Nia doesn’t accept awards, but she might be up for this black & white photo/story challenge?
You can see Nia’s latest post here: http://photographyofnia.com/2015/05/15/ill-be-right-here-waiting-for-you/

Edit: I just dicovered that Nia has a blog dedicated to B&W photos: https://blackandwhiteshotsofnia.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/nothing-left-to-eat/

36 thoughts on “A Portrait of Tore

  1. Mista Max, you made me laugh … just like I’m sure it makes you laugh every time you think of it 😀

    … and I love the twist on the rules you’ve decided to use. Brilliant 🙂

    • Thanks Joanne. I think I had a good idea on the rule changing: this way I don’t feel pressured to post every day (which can be too much for me depending on my schedule and mood), but more importantly it gives me a chance to get to know some of the “silent” followers and learn more about them.
      I visited four or five other followers before I chose Nia. She obvisously has an interest in photography, plus she’s an active blogger. It’ll be interesting to see if she’s up for the challenge.
      Thanks to this idea I discovered her blogs tonight and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out on her B&W blog.

    • Thank you Richard. At some point I also had a self-portrait of him that he’d painted, but I think that it has been lost somewhere during the journey through life.

  2. Great shot and story too! Tore would be proud … has he seen it?

    We had a family by that name in my hometown … never realised it was Norwegian 🙂

  3. Great portrait, and love your rule-bending! And although I follow Nia, I didn’t know she had a B&W blog…learnt something there!!

  4. As always, I like your style 🙂 Those rules are made to be bent a little. Nia is a good choice. We’ve been following each other for a long time but seldom have a conversation.

  5. Hey Cardinal ,thank you for your like
    I’ve been busy and like you it’s not always easy to hit everyone all the time
    So I came to see what is up
    See you soon

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  7. Amazing portrait, Cardinal. Great centering your friend there, though I must say he doesn’t look happy or sad. Probably in a state of daze and wonder. Hilarious story. But what made you leave your passports at the customs? Sounds like you were a bit of a runner back then.

    • It was just a one day visit, so you arrive with the ferry in the morning and have to leave your passports there (if you want to stay longer, you’ll need to apply for a visa). Then, when you return in the evening, they give you your passport back.

        • It’s at the immigration office and they won’t let you in for a day visit if you don’t leave your passport, but I generally agree with you on that.
          Once, in India, some random stranger at a random cafe insisted on having a look at my passport. He was really upset when I refused and told him there was no way I’d give him my passport. He got so pissed off that he got up and walked away (which suited me perfectly – one asshole less around the table).

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