Pope Elections 2013

I’ve heard that there might be a job opening soon…

The new pope? Pope Guzman, formerly known as Cardinal Guzman...? We'll have to wait and see after the elections.

The new pope? Pope Guzman, formerly known as Cardinal Guzman…? We’ll have to wait and see after the elections. Pope Guzman a.k.a. Somlepaven.

Vote Guzman in the Pope Elections 2013!

Cardinal Sins? Guzman for Pope!

Stem på Somlepaven!

Morning at the Western Wall

People performing their morning prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Morning prayers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem.

“They will revere You at sun[rise], and before the moon, for all generations.” (Ps. 72:5). Morning prayers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem.

This photo is shot early morning during sunrise where a group of jews perform a prayer called Shacharit. Observant jews pray 3 times a day (women only pray once). The first prayer of the day is called Shacharit and must take place before 1/3 of the day is over. The other two prayers are Mincha in the afternoon (must take place before sunset) and Maariv in the evening/night after sunset.

As always you can click the photo to see a large version. It might look compressed in shitty browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 (this blog’s theme is not supported in older versions of Internet Explorer). If it looks weird just click the photo again and you’ll be able to see a correctly displayed version, but the best solution is to change your browser to Opera, Firefox or Chrome.

10 photos from Jerusalem

10 photos from Jerusalem. 

Bread stall in Jerusalem's old city

Bread stall in Jerusalem’s old city

If you're a celiac I can recommend Black Bar & Burger. It's a chain of restaurants spread across Israel and it's possible to get a decent gluten free hamburger there.

If you’re a celiac I can recommend Black Bar & Burger. It’s a chain of restaurants spread across Israel and it’s possible to get decent gluten free hamburgers there.

A guy walking down a Jerusalem street in his Jewniform.

A guy walking down a Jerusalem street in his Jewniform.

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Purple Transvestites & Gay Muslims

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!

Purple enough for you?

Purple enough for you?

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There’s nothing to mourn about…

There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can’t hear it. Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die.
― Charles Bukowski

Another in the Valkyrie-series

Here’s another manipulation in the ghostly Valkyrie-series (well, I’ve just made two so far, but for me that’s enough to be classified as “series”).

Edit: I added this version after a request from Rick:

I brightened the picture with brightness/contrast layer that was already there. Then I added an empty layer between the woman (grandma) and the wall. Then I painted the layer (just the part behind grandma) black with a soft-feathered, low-opacity brush so that the woman wouldn't be brightened, but keep her shadowy look.

I brightened the picture with brightness/contrast layer that was already there. Then I added an empty layer between the woman and the wall. Then I painted the layer (just the part behind the woman) black with a soft-feathered, low-opacity brush so that the woman wouldn’t be brightened, but keep her shadowy look.

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A Valkyrie in the Park

A ghostly Valkyrie from Valhall visited the park late one night. Luckily I carried my camera with me.

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I had to pray that Odin, the God of all gods, would spare our miserable lives.

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Stave Churches in Norway: Reinli Stave Church

I’ve already written about Høre & Hedalen stave churches, but this will be my last (and shortest) post on Norwegian stave churches for a while. Just like the other two, Reinli stave church is also located in proximity to the main road (E16) that runs through Valdres, Norway. In the area called Valdres you’ll actually find 6 out of the remaining 28 stave churches in Norway. During the Middle Ages there was probably over 1000 stave churches in Norway and some believe it may have been as many as up to 2000 churches.  Continue reading

Stave Churches in Norway: Hedalen Stave Church

As some of you might know I’ve already written a post about the Norwegian Stave Church Høre. In my previous post you’ll find some general information regarding stave churches (and of course also about Høre), so if you’re interested in the subject you’ll hopefully find that post useful. First of all: Hedalen stave church can easily be confused with the similar named Heddal stave church, but these are two different stave churches and accoring to Captain Obvious they are to be found on separate locations. Hedalen stave church, which this post is about, is located in Sør-Aurdal, Valdres – in proximity to the main road called E16.
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The Armenian Priest

Just wanted to share this photo of an Armenian priest (I am pretty sure he’s an Armenian priest, but I didn’t ask him) that I captured in Jerusalem. I’ve been experimenting with the background and played with the colours (hope you’ll like it), to make the priest ‘stand out’ from the surroundings. The thing I probably like best about this photo is the look the priest gets from the woman behind him. Continue reading

Black-Jesus from Nazareth?

"Is it Obama? No, it's Little Black-Jesus of Nazareth."

“Is it President Obama? No, its Little Black-Jesus of Nazareth.”

This is how he looked like, Jesus of Nazareth, according to the picture hanging in the church of the Ethiopian Christians in the eternal capital of the Holy Land: Jesus was black (finally this puzzle is solved). Right next to Black-Jesus there’s a picture of white-Jesus (perhaps we are more accustomed to seeing him pictured this way?), Continue reading