Waiting for Whatever

These photos are from a series I’ve named «The Punk Years». I’m not sure what we were waiting for, back when we were teens, but I guess it was for something to happen. Anything. Hopefully something cool and exciting.

At the docks… from «The Punk Years».

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The photographer’s Mise en place

Mara Eastern said in a post on my other blog that she wanted to see some nude dudes. Well, tomorrow I’m shooting a friend (he won’t be nude – sorry Mara), so today I decided to clean the camera, test the flash, charge the batteries etc, etc. The photographer’s Mise en place. Which again led to this self-portrait.

Testing different flash settings... Self-portrait. I still got stuff attached to me after a hospital visit yesterday (had to document it).

Testing different flash settings… Self-portrait. I still got stuff attached to me after a hospital visit yesterday (had to document it).

Mise en place (French pronunciation: [mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary phrase which means 
"putting in place" or "everything in its place." It refers to the set up required before cooking, 
and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients 
(e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, 
and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be 
prepared during a shift.[1] - Wikipedia


Vodka Skull B&W

I usually forget to join Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness posts, but not this time!

Vodka Skull

Vodka Skull

This skull is filled with vodka and it’s pretty cool.

Do you want to see the colour version of this? Check out my other blog: https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/vodka-skull/

Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness: http://leannecole.com.au/mm-3-23-monochrome-madness/

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/

B&W Architecture Guest Post 2:2

In the beginning of January I had a guest post in Paula’s blog on B&W architecture photography. Head over to Paula to read the full post (links to the original post and the follow-up post is in the end of this post).

The idea of my guest post was similar to my “Changing Seasons Challenge”, but it was all about B&W Architecture. Shooting the same place, to see if you could come up with something new: new angles, lines, curves, etc. It can be a good practice to try to reproduce shots –  you’ll probably notice that it’s difficult to get the same shot twice, even if you try.

Anyway. Here’s my gallery and please check out Paula’s post for the full article and check out the other entries.

I shot this photo last summer.

I shot this photo last summer and it was the photo that started it all.

Related posts:

Israel 1970’s: The Boys

More photos from my Israel 1970’s series.

These photos were taken by one of my contacts in Israel. Check out the other photos here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/category/photography/israel-1970s/

This post is from my drafts folder and it’s an entry for Paula’s B&W post: https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/black-white-sunday-distortion/

B&W Architecture Challenge 1:2

I have a guest post at Pauala’s blog. It’s in two parts and the first part is out now. Head over to Paula’s blog, to check out the post and join the challenge! https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/guest-challenge-architecture-in-black-white/

B&W Challenge 4-5: Early Winter Morning


The wonderful Ksenia has challenged me to post black & white photos for the up-coming five days. It took me a few weeks to notice that I’d been challenged, but better late than never!

In return I nominate Robyn @ robynsfineart.wordpress.com/

In order to take this challenge, you must post B&W photography for the next five days, and each day nominate another photographer to enter the challenge. Good luck!
(Needless to say, but of course you can also choose to not participate or to do it later if it doesn’t fit your current schedule).

Also check out Photo101 rehab: http://luciledegodoy.com/2014/12/04/photo101-rehab/ or some more sunny shots in Paula’s Thursday post: http://bopaula.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/thursdays-special-sunset/

Edit: Robyn has accepted the challenge. http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/bw-challenge-day-1-of-5/

B&W Challenge 1-5: Portrait 4014


Shot this portrait when I met up with a friend in a market.

The wonderful Ksenia has challenged me to post black & white photos for the up-coming five days. It took me a few weeks to notice that I’d been challenged, but better late than never!

In return I nominate desleyjane at musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com

In order to take this challenge, you must post B&W photography for the next five days, and each day nominate another photographer to enter the challenge. Good luck!

Unsolved Murder Case / I’ve started looking old lately

I’ve started looking old lately, but I still feel young. I woke up today and felt like Ötzi.


Self-portrait as Ôtzi | I’ve been stuck under the ice for 5000 years. Now I’m ready to go out and party!

The find

On September 19th, 1991, the German couple Erika and Helmut Simon made a macabre discovery during a hike in the Oetztal Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy. On about 3214 meters altitude, Erika sees something sticking out of the ice and it is evident that it’s a human body. They report this to the Italian and Austrian police.

The body was removed with an ice pick and drill and transported to the forensic institute in Innsbruck. It appears that the victim in Criminal Case 619/91, has an unknown perpetrator from the Bronze Age. This is an historical sensation and the dead body is called Ötzi.

Using carbon dating they’ve concluded that Ötzi was about 40 years old when he died more than 5000 years ago. The body is mummified, so the internal organs are preserved, as well as hair, skin and other body parts. They also found his clothes, a bow and arrow, knife, ax and more at the crime scene.

How did he die?

Judging from wounds found on the mummified body, the experts concluded that Ötzi, just before he died, was hit in his left shoulder blade of an arrow that was shot at him from behind. The arrow hit a vein, so he probably bled to death after a short time. Ötzi has also received a hard blow to the head, without this being considered as the cause of death.

Besides this there are damages to his hand, showing that he had been in a fight a few days before.

Other findings indicate that Ötzi had stayed further down the valley just a few hours before he died. It is assumed therefore that Ötzi was killed while attempting to escape over the mountains. The fact that the arrow that killed him had been removed from the body, indicates that whoever killed Ötzi, approached the corpse to withdraw the arrow. But, since Ötzi’s belongings were left behind, including an ax, which was considered something valuable at the time, they know that the murder was not robbery related.

Well Preserved

Ötzi is well preserved after 5000 years, which means that the body must have been covered with snow shortly after the death occurred. Covered in snow, but with ventilation and low humidity, the body was freeze dried. Eventually, the body has been covered in ice. Although the ice was thawed in shorter periods, the body has been preserved, probably because of the cold meltwater. It is believed that Ötzi had only been a few days in open air when he was found.

The discovery has led to a lot of knowledge about the conditions during the Bronze Age, such as what tools they used, how they dressed, what they ate and, more importantly: tattoos.

My Photo

My photo was taken at the Museum of History in Oslo and it’s a photo of a reconstruction of Ötzi’s face (combined with two other of my photos – a self-portrait in a mirror and the teeth on a skull). Ötzi was exhibited at the museum in 2011, but he’s residing at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano.

As far as we know, Ötzi’s murderer was never caught.

This article is mostly a translation of the source, written by Harald Fossberg:  http://www.osloby.no/article579449_2.ece

The theme for #photo101 today is Mystery.


UPDATE: The latest news on Õtzi’s tattoos: http://www.sciencealert.com/otzi-the-iceman-had-way-more-tattoos-than-you

A Valkyrie in the Park

I’ve posted this image back in 2012, but I’m reposting it now for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Week 35. Please visit the original post for comments etc.

Cardinal Guzman

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


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


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Portrait of a Musician


Knut Neerland is a Norwegian photographer and musician. I took this photo probably around 2001-2003.

I guess this photo could have been the cover art for an album. The guy playing guitar on the photo is Knut.
Knut and I met through mutual friends and he’s a guest musician on several of my ‘recordings’.

If you’re interested in listening, here’s a tune we recorded many years ago. This recording is from an early rehearsal of the song. The lyrics are based on a short story by Franz Kafka and the video has nothing to do with the song at all. It was just something I added so there’s something to watch while the song is playing.

You can find more music here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/music/