With 40557 spectators, Madonna set a new record for concerts at the Tele2 Arena. I'm not sure if I was counted (being accredited media representative), but it was also my first attempt to photograph there. The sheer size of the venue definitely made it a challenge, with the stage a hundred meters away from us photographers. And obviously no close-ups in my gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58073 or http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/1ad6dd97f085bf27e89ea6f21a6427e9/.
As wintertime inches closer, it's nice to remember summertime. For me, one of the best memories was a week of hiking along the King's trail (or Kungsleden in Swedish), from Abisko to Nikkaluokta in the far north of Sweden. A week of nature, cold mountain springs, silence and no Internet. Definitely an experience I would recommend others to try once in a while. You can see a glimpse of it in my photos: http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/3aa35c39f79c02777aa83f3a9c42403a/
Some things are impossible to do justice in a photo. A small square image sometimes just doesn't give the impression that you get when witnessing something. Beautiful landscapes is one example, and a once in a lifetime concert in an Omnimax theatre is another.
Swedish band Kite used the whole 180 degree Cosmonova dome over the audience to project images while they were playing music, sometimes in front of the screen and sometimes behind, synchronized with sledgehammer-wielding dancers in strange costumes. I tried to cover the show (gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/57842), but it is only a faint representation of a great concert.
Even though I was just visiting Popaganda with friends (and not primarily as photographer), I couldn't refrain from taking at least some pictures. You can find the whole series at http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/ac46d3a62e82e0758d7fa39d92ebb73f/
How do you inflate a hot air balloon? During summertime, the skies of Stockholm is filled with hot air balloons. Gigantic, colorful spheres floating gently across the sky. The perfect object to illustrate growth in size, especially if you could capture the process of inflating a balloon. Said and done, involving a bicycle ride of around 50 kilometres, I got a couple of shots.
Photos from the first edition of Into the Valley, a festival for electronic music that took place in Dalhalla (near the town of Rättvik) on the 31 July 2015. My photos are published as a gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/57506 and of course also on this site: http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/a1527485ff526a082e232d90e419e8ce/
During the summer I took a course in photography at Leksands folkhögskola with Johan Willner as teacher. My main project during the week was to follow an international group of metal smiths attending a seminar the same period. The challenge they had was to make new jewellery or sculptures from discarded objects found on the bottom of lake Siljan. It was an interesting experience to follow their creative process, from getting to know the materials as it was pulled out of the water, refining and shaping it until it was ready for displaying the finished objects to the public.
The process is described on page
What really caught my eye during the week was the hands working the different materials, injecting it with creative energy and shaping new objects:
Pictures from my visit to Japan (Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo) in July 2015. Full gallery on page
Pictures from my visit to South Korea (Seoul and Busan) in July 2015. Full gallery on page http://www.per-engstrom.se/albums/67647e23a4cbd5297777fcf8c67d6ab8/
Concert with Matthew E. White at Debaser Strand on 16 June 2015. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/57101.