Last week I went on a trip to Düsseldorf as a part of the introduction for my new study.
This photo is of the extensive interactive art installation In Orbit by Tomás Saraceno, which is mounted under the ceiling at the museum K21.
This year's SPOT Festival offered everything from trance simulating electro from Darkness Falls, and steady beat hip-hop from Mont Oliver, over dance provoking pop from Julias Moon, and girl power punk-rock from Nelson Can, to melancholic indie pop from Choir of Young Believers.
Second part of the entry exam for Photojournalist this year took place in Randers. The theme was 'Generations'. I chose to portray the young generation. The age where you can't really be called a child anymore yet you are also not quite an adult. The age where everything seems possible yet incredibly hard. And the age which for some evolves almost entirely around issues of popularity, parties and girls.
Sophus and Emil from Mellerup Efterskole were in town to play a concert and were kind enough to let me follow them for the day.
As mentioned earlier I've been busy with the entry exam for Photojournalist in Aarhus.
This year the theme was "Under the City". I chose to interpret it very literal, and arranged to follow an undertaker for a day. It was a mentally challenging experience but equally interesting, and the experience has definitely stayed with me.
I would have loved to have had the time to follow the undertaker for more than just one day though. I think this would have given a deeper and more diverse view on what an undertaker actually does aside from what we see from the outside.
My idea reads:
"Most of us try not to think about it all too much. Death. However it is inevitable that we will all meet with it at some point. In death we will find our last place to rest. In the earth. Under the city.
Here we will find the ultimate peace and quiet while slowly becoming one with nature, while life continues a few feet above us. Before we can get to this place there are a couple of very special people we'll need to get through first: The undertakers. They posses the key to our place under the city."
Undertaker John Skou and his three colleagues from Begravelse Danmark's Aarhus-department meet up every morning and plan the day over coffee and cigarettes. A death overnight might have an impact on the original plans.
Even though the job has a serious natural weight to it, there is still room for jokes and laughter here. "It's necessary with this job", says Skou.
A cremator at Vestre Lille Kapel crematorium is preparing a coffin for cremation while talking with Skou.
On top of the coffin lies a drawing from the deceased's grandchild. A small but heartbreaking gesture.
Approximately 80% of the job as an undertaker consists of paperwork. Furthermore a majority of the day is spent driving around between home visits, the different graveyards and crematoriums, hospitals, and Begravelse Danmark's storage-facilities in Risskov where the coffins and hearses are stored.
The conversations with the families of the deceased, and preparing the bodies and making sure they look nice for one last look from their beloved is the part of the job that means most to Skou.
Around midday a man calls. His father has passed away at Skejby Hospital about an our ago. Skou writes down the details and works out a price for him.
There is a fine balance between the business and it's cold numbers and the personal contact with the relatives of the deceased.
Yesterday I showed you my first series for the entrance exam for Photojournalist. Today I'll show you what I did for my second tryout last year, which some of you might have already seen.
The theme was a quote from a Danish song: "Så kys det dog det satans liv", which loosely interpreted means "embrace that damn life".
I choose to focus on the you only live once/carpe diem-feeling this gave me and immediately thought of extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding and skating, where it's practitioners not only do the sport - they live it. It becomes more than an extreme sport. It is a lifestyle and a way of looking at life.
I therefore contacted one of Denmark's best kite sufers, Nikolaj Holmlund, who brought me along on a cold and windy March day in North Zealand.
Ultimately the series for Photojournalist are only four photographs but I've decided to show a few more shots from the day here.
It's been a little quiet on the blog lately, but I'm happy to say it hasn't been because I've neglected photography - on the contrary.
At the moment I'm preparing for the entry exam for Photojournalist on Saturday, and therefore thought I would show you the previous series I've done when trying out.
Today's series is from my first attempt back in 2011 where the theme given to us was "strength" which I decided to show through ballet dancers.
They need to have such an extreme physical strength whilst also having an enormous mental strength and willpower in order to even survive in the industry.
I think it is interesting how something so extreme can be so beautiful at the same time, and I admire these dancers so much for making it all look so elegant and absolutely effortless.
It truly is an art.
Keep posted for tomorrow where I will show you the series I did for last years tryout.
Last week after work at Badeanstalten Spanien I grabbed my camera and walked around the building looking for shots for my current project. It must admit that it was a little creepy walking around alone in a huge, vacant old building.
A rare selfie - in my oh so attractive uniform...
One of the offers at the spa, Grossererbadet, is the so called 'quiet rain'. Besides this there are two stream rooms (one of them scented - my personal favorite), a sauna where we do 'gus', two different 34 degree-pools, hot and cold massage showers, an ice cold water pool, and a sun terrace where it's lovely to sit and relax in the summertime - and great for cooling of in the winter. Especially with snow after sauna gus!
Organized mess at our cleaning facilities.
During a work day I run these stairs innumerable times. There are 4 floors between the ticket sale, locker rooms, swimming pool, the Grossererbad and our private courters.
But they are an absolute architectural beauty to look at!
The pool used to be one big pool with 6 lanes and a deep end with diving boards. After the remodeling the bottom was elevated and now has just three lanes but an added playing area, baby pool and jacuzzi.
These old wooden benches have been here since the opening in 1933. I think it's amazing that most of them have actually survived.