Wow, the opening of your own exhibition is exhilarating! For half a year my closest photography friends and I have been thinking about showing our work to a wider audience, and what better way than to have a photo exhibition? We found a small gallery on Västerlånggatan, a touristy but well used cobblestone street in Stockholm's Old Town. The theme we decided to focus on was "Stockholm Moments", wide enough for the six of us, but narrow enough to be interesting. On opening night some 200 people came by and for the rest of the week we had a steady flow of interested visitors and some prospective buyers, so now my pictures hang in Beijing, London and Luzern, as well as places in Sweden. There are good chances that next year sees a new exhibition...
This year's hike in northern Sweden was from Kvikkjokk to Saltoluokta along Kungsleden (or the King's Trail in English). Skirting the edges of Sarek, one the most pristine national parks in Sweden, there were ample possibilities to photograph remote wilderness and majestic landscapes. Full gallery at: http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/28bfb14df0fa0ef7898e971b5275e20f/
It's almost becoming an annual tradition for med to attend a summer course in photography somewhere in Sweden. This year I returned to Fridhems folkhögskola for a course in nature photography with award-winning photographer Jan Pedersen for a week of lying on the ground, gazing towards the horizon and other methods of finding new perspectives. Full gallery at http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/e518a9ae9b06f47fd16e92944507a45d/
Watching art is a great way to start thinking in new directions, and Moderna museet (museum of contemporary art) is one of the best alternatives for that here in Stockholm. Currently there is an impressive retrospective exhibition of the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama which you shouldn't miss if you are in town! Pumpkins, patterns, dots and lots of colors inside the museum as well as outside:
Pop music of the highest quality is the trademark of Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John, which they proved during a gig at Nobelberget on 2 June 2016. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58981.
As an extreme contrast to the hardcore concert with Refused last Wednesday, Tindersticks still express very intense emotions with their music, and especially with the lyrics. Tonight, 24 April 2016, at Södra teatern in Stockholm they played for a very concentrated audience, listening to the band and the soothing voice of Stuart A. Staples. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58709
Stockholm is filled with beautiful architecture. Finding a way to show the beauty in a picture can sometimes be a challenge, but I was quite satisfied with this photo of the Sergels torg skyscrapers and the iconic glass needle by Edvin Öhrström.
Dennis Lyxzén is singer in several bands, but regardless of which band he's performing with, he is one of the most energetic singers around. He came with his band Refused to Nobelberget just outside Stockholm on 20 April 2016 and didn't disappoint. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58679
One of my passions is snowboarding and this spring I had the possibility to visit Serre Chevalier in southern France. Travelling with UCPA the group had the luxury of having a mountain guide helping us to find the best snow in the area, including Montgenèvre and legendary La Grave in addition to the slopes in the Serre Chevalier system.
Guitars, loud volume, flickering strobes... Amazing rock show as always by A Place To Bury Strangers at Debaser Strand in Stockholm on 13 April 2016. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58655