1962, an early Thursday morning in the beginning of September, after drinking and peeing in the same water for nine months I finally saw the dawn of light. I peacefully followed my parent’s home to their apartment on Oxelögatan, Oxelösund. While living in Oxelösund, Neil Armstrong managed to take a stroll on the moon, Stig Wennerström was arrested for espionage, The Beatles were formed, Sound of Music had a premiere, right-hand traffic was implemented in Sweden, the social security numbers received a tenth digit and the liquid soap “Bliv” was launched in a new, revolutionising container – the plastic bubble!
1970 was the year when we got out of Oxelösund and moved to Rosengård, Malmö. There, my parents joined the fast food industry – a good move in my opinion..
I mean, having free access to hot dogs, burgers and soda is like living in the kingdom of heaven for any child in my age, apparently they made more money as well. Already at Christmas’ eve ’71 I got my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, which laid the foundation for my interest of photography. A Kodak Instamatic with a flash cube! You can only imagine how many times the cubes went off at the Verngrens that night. The seventies passed on and obviously I haven’t got that camera anymore, I have however saved well over a handful of square, sepia-toned pictures.
We left Rosengård 1974, ABBA had previously that year won the Eurovision Song Contest with the winning song “Waterloo”. You might consider Rosengård, already back then as a bit of an unsafe environment for us kids, having no experience of living in the city If I recall correctly, we lost four bikes the first week alone since we weren’t locking them before going to bed.
1978 would be the year when I graduated in compulsory school and begun the Swedish equivalency of high school. The 7th of January the same year Bee Gees were in the first place with “How Deep Is Your Love” in the Billboard top 100 charts, Björn Skifs sung “Det blir alltid värre framåt natten” in the Eurovision Song Contest and qualified as number 14. “Who won?” you might wonder, well Izhar Cohen from Israel featuring A-Ba-Ni-
Bi of course(!) Also, Jahn Teigen featuring “Mil efter mil” qualified as number twenty, out of…. twenty. This year the television-license in Sweden was raised with 60 SEK and was now at a yearly fee of 340 SEK, not to mention, the extra fee for colour-television was raised with 20 SEK to 140. At September the 16th, “How the West Was Won” had its Swedish premiere, the same year the famous
1979, the year I quit high-school. No, even back then one-year high-school educations didn’t exist. I began working at the warehouse at “Thor Olssons kakel” in Malmö, a tile retailer. I worked there until the Swedish Armed Forces demanded me to do my recruit training for a year. During my one year of service, “Thor Olssons Kakel” went bankrupt and I ended up as a young kid without a job, happy however as I found Thor’s misfortune amusing, I never liked it at the warehouse or having Thor as an employer for that matter.
GB ice-cream “Nogger” was implemented in their assortment at a cost of 2.20 SEK.
During summer the following year I worked at Lockarp as a driver, shipping out buns and bread to the hungry citizens of Kävlinge. During autumn that year, I got an offer to work temporary at the paratransit branch of Malmö’s Fire Department. During my recruit training I had a five-week basic paramedic education which caught my interest for the emergency medical services. My work at the paratransit resulted in me applying to a 7-week program, which at the time was the prerequisite for working as a paramedic in Sweden.
Yvonne Ryding was also entitled Miss Universe in Miami, the Tage Danielsson movie “Ronja Rövardotter” was playing all over the country.
Working as a paramedic during that time was quite straightforward as the only means of treatment we had back then were oxygen and “pedal to the metal!”. If we picked up patients at home we could always throw a blanket around their shoulders, if they had one that is.
In march 1987, 13 months after Olof Palme’s tragical death, I met my former wife who gave birth 1990 and 1993 to our lovely children Johanna and Marcus. In the end of the 80’s or in the beginning of the 90’s, I can’t really remember when, I worked a bit extra at “Liljas Reklamateljé” and managed to get enough money to buy my second computer; a 286 with a processing speed of an entire 8 MHz, 1 Mb intern memory and an astonishing 50 Mb hard drive disk! Obviously it didn’t have a CD-player, but a colour-screen and it only cost a little over 20.000 SEK plus tax!
The 90’s is probably the decade in which technology was evolving the fastest, you could carry a cell phone, maybe not in your pocket but in a bag nevertheless. The Internet was so fast you could download a file at the size of an mp3-song during the evening, if you could spare the telephone connection for such a long time, since you couldn’t call someone that was connected to the web, the modem took allthe bandwidth!
During 1996 I bought my first digital camera, a Canon Powershot 600. A lovely, little digital camera with 0.5 megapixels and it only took aminute or so to focus, expose and store the picture, maybe not a camera for the sport photographer however
Between the 15th and the 16th of June 2001 there was an EU-summit in Gothenburg and some people there had “quite” a disagreement about the summit. The World Trade Center collapsed during the autumn this year and so did my marriage so I moved to Svedala.
In the beginning of the new millennia I bought my second digital camera, an Olympus Camedia Z-3000 zoom, a lovely little compact camera with 3.3 megapixels. I then offered to photograph the entire Malmö Fire Department, a work that resulted in a file of employees. A file in which eighty percent of the workforce seemed to have hepatitis. For those you that aren’t very into medicine, the liver is affected by hepatitis and the skin can starts to look yellowish, I photographed all my pictures with my camera set on fully automatic, it then chose white balance and aperture after whatever it felt like at the moment. Oh well, after a while I found the buttons for manual control over the camera. With a manual control you can control the “degree of hepatitis” by changing the white balance and also get the same exposure time and aperture value from time to time.
The summer of 2005 was magical, as that was when I bought my first digital system camera, a Canon EOS 350d. I started studying for a nurse degree the year before,
a degree I got in January 2007. I am now working as a specialized nurse within the emergency medical services of Skåne.
In august 2007 I bought an EOS 400d, the successor of the 350d. A camera which gave me tons of pleasure and was also the start of the development I have gone through since. From photographing merely for pleasure, I now get missions from both friends and customers.
My current photo bag consists of: a Canon EOS 5d Mark II with an EF 24-105 mm 1:4 L IS USM-lens. An EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM-lens. One Canon EF 100-400mm 1:4,5-5,6 L IS, one Sigma 150mm 1:2,8 APO Macro DG HSM, one Canon Fisheye EF 15mm 1:2,8Two hot shoe flashes, one Speedlite 580 EX and one Speedlite 430 EX II plus a Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and a Pocket Wizard Mini TT1. I have studio equipment for both product and portrait photography