Postcards from Sweden

In Craft & Vision, e-books, News & Stuff, Travel by David39 Comments

I’m just wrapping up an amazing week in Sweden. Spent part of it pubbing and exploring Stockholm, which is an incredible city, and so easy to travel. It’s got great public transport, and it’s small, and extremely friendly. English is so widely spoken I never once had that familiar dread of knowing I needed to mime my way through ordering lunch. I spent the last few days of my time here in a rented Volvo heading up the coast and exploring little fishing villages and forests, and the weather complied with banks of gorgeous fog and mist. Not unlike Iceland, I froze my little fingertips off most days here, but that’s my own fault – I packed for the next two weeks in the Italian Riviera and Venice, not Scandinavia. I’ll be back and next time I’ll head as far north as I can get, likely heading into Norway as well. Next time I’m bringing mittens.

A couple days ago Craft & Vision released an eBook about sharing our images. I’m more passionate than ever about sharing – getting our photographs out into the world, through various media. I can’t print these until I’m home, but I can still give you a peek at them. If you haven’t checked out Stuart Sipahigil’s latest: Shoot + Share, Getting Your Photographs out into the World, it’s well worth a look, and it’s still only $4 if you use the coupon code in this link. It’s full of great ideas and starting points about sharing, and should light a fire under you to give your work a life beyond your harddrives. In the meantime, enjoy the postcards. It’s more than I usually share, but I’m feeling share-y. And it’s been a while since I posted one of these. The one above is a favourite. I couldn’t believe the intensity of the colours from the oxidizing rocks, and ended up shooting this piece of coastline for a couple cold hours filled with wonder. (Click any of them to see them larger)


  1. Have been away for a while, so.. late comment here!

    If you come to the north of Sweden, and you want to cross over to the North of Norway like you say in your post. You are very welcome to stay with me and my family in our home. Tromso (my hometown) is a great location for exploring the coast and the mountains rising up from the fjords.

  2. These are lovely, David. The fog is great and the photographs are just wonderful.

  3. Especially love the boat, but they all have such a wonderful peaceful and calm feel about them. Thank you for feeling share-y! πŸ™‚

  4. All the images are cool, but 2,3 and 4 are stunning.
    (the boat, sun & trees, buildings on the water)

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Very evocative images once again. I have to agree with the comments about the boat in particular, the lines, the muted colours, even the ‘foggy’ trees and featureless sky. It leave’s you wondering what stories she could tell about the folk who sailed her, the storms, the great hauls, the empty nets…

  6. Great pictures of my favourite part of the world and am looking forward to return visit in August. Great light in these pictures; all I ever had in previous visits was sunshine!

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    Thanks for the comments, all. Very much appreciated.

    Johan, the old fishing boat is in Fagelsundets, north of Stockholm.

    Eli, Brussels is a long way from Oslo…go home! πŸ™‚

    Edith, right now all I want to do is SURVIVE Italy this year. πŸ™‚ Photographs will be a bonus!

  8. Absolutely stunning images as usual David. I. An hardly wait to see your images from Italy. Your Venice: A Monograph was my primer before my Italy trip last summer and was on my iPad where I could refer to it throughout.

  9. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the first one as well. The lovely S curve created by the water and trees really draws you in, but then it brings you back to that amazing colored foreground.

  10. Way off topic, but how do I add my picture to my comments? Thanks.

  11. Although I’ve not yet been to Sweden, your images take me to places I have been so the combination is doubly pleasing. Thanks.

  12. Thank you for these postcards from my part of the world! I recognize Loefstabruk, and maybe Faagelsundet (Bird Strait ;o)?
    We’re all awaiting the warmer part of spring here – nice to se that you could do something beutyful out of our “miserable” weather!

  13. Outstanding work David. I’m currently absorbing Photographically Speaking, and know I’m looking at my shots with a keener eye thanks to it! Thanks for your inspiration! Safe travels.

  14. πŸ™‚ Amazing work. I am so glad a blogger referred me to this site. I wish I had taken those. Thank you.

  15. As per usual, after seeing your photographs I end up viewing the world just a bit differently and think about times and places where I could make a photo that would reflect my vision.

    Thanks and God Bless.

  16. Amazing images, David. Inspiring to see what you have done with mist and fog, a theme I decided to embrace recently rather than my normal “Ugh I can’t shoot in this” attitude, have to say I found it liberating to do.

  17. Great photos, and a good choice of place. The coast of northern Uppland has a lot to offer both when it comes to nature- and cultural sceneries. Lovstabruk is a classic place, it’s realy inspiring to se your photos from places that I know so well. Is the old fishingboat from Gardskar?

  18. Looks like a great place for photography, as well as just traveling around! Thanks for sharing the pics and safe travels David!

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    Stuart, that’s the last time you should ask me that. πŸ™‚ No, it’s not HDR. I guess because I used a 3-stop ND grad, it’s an expanded dynamic range, sort of, but mostly it’s just cool light. (Ahem, not that there’s anything wrong with HDR, per se…)

  20. Not going to say I like the photos, although I do… and for that reason I tried to spend time reading them carefully, the boat became a captivating novel… but with limited space here…. I’ll just say thanks.

  21. Gorgeous postcards David, have a wonderful time at the Riviera, look forward to seeing what you capture there.

  22. Thank you because always when you travel, you always bring us back some picks.

  23. I lived in Stockholm, Sweden 10 years ago and always loved the beauty of the place. Thanks for posting your beautiful photos. They really took me back… Now to plan a return visit.

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