I haven’t owned a camera for very long. At least not comparatively speaking. Before 2009 I wasn’t even all that interested. Digital photography + the Internet made it interesting for me.
When I bought my first DSLR, we’d just moved to Saint John. This has made me think of all the pictures I would have taken, if I’d had it while still in Quebec City. I thought also about all the pictures I wanted to take in my hometown in Sweden. I had certain ideas of exactly how I wanted to shoot them.
During my trip in 2011, I think I was just too excited to be back after seven or eight years, so I wasn’t really organized. But 2012, I’d made a list of those images I had in my mind. This is one of them. It’s a very old area of the city, that they’ve managed to spare from the hysteria of tearing down, during the 60’s. I always found this little alley — Telegraph Alley — cute, somehow, so I took it. A few days later, we were out driving, my ex-sister-in-law and I. We stopped at a diner and had coffee. They had brochures there with tourist information, and we both jumped when we saw «my» picture! It was almost identical! We thought this was so cool, so we told my brother about it when we got back, and showed him the brochure. “So what?!”, he said … “everyone and his dog takes that picture!” Well, I didn’t know that but evidently I was not alone thinking it was nice. It has happened one other time, I’ve seen “my own” picture shot by another guy … in a little village south of Saint John. I guess, after some time of taking photos, you start to look for certain things in your surroundings.
Here’s another one of those I’d always wanted to take. This I knew beforehand, that this is a popular photo subject … there are even postcards with this. I wanted to have one of my own, though, so this was one of my goals in Stockholm last year. The Royal Castle in the background.
Another goal I had in Stockholm is now the main header of this blog. It’s Drakens Gränd [Dragon’s Alley], in the Old City.
I have, at least one object I want to shoot here in Saint John, left. It involves night shooting and I just haven’t gotten around to it. The header image is another one of my projects in my hometown. I’ve made attempts on that one each time I’ve been home … still not 100% satisfied. The season and the weather must be just right in order to bring out the picture I have in my mind. Also, I’m always so scared of falling into the channel when I’m down there. The rocks are slippery …
Do you have any image in your mind you’d like to photograph?