There absolutely must be an easier way to create a stamp effect, but I went about it the hard way. Learning experiences! Anyway, Freising is a small town near Munich, and it has a lot of bears, and a lot of trees, though one of those is real and the other is not (sure is hard to hide from hungry bears behind fake trees, but at least it’s never boring). 
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There absolutely must be an easier way to create a stamp effect, but I went about it the hard way. Learning experiences! Anyway, Freising is a small town near Munich, and it has a lot of bears, and a lot of trees, though one of those is real and the other is not (sure is hard to hide from hungry bears behind fake trees, but at least it’s never boring). 

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This was my last day in Uppsala in January - though the photo in that link was taken on my phone, and this one was on my Olympus. I played around a lot with a fantastic halftone automator to make this work, because I’ve taken so many pictures of the town and wanted to see if I could find a different kind of feel than anything I’d done before. I’m pretty happy with it! 
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This was my last day in Uppsala in January - though the photo in that link was taken on my phone, and this one was on my Olympus. I played around a lot with a fantastic halftone automator to make this work, because I’ve taken so many pictures of the town and wanted to see if I could find a different kind of feel than anything I’d done before. I’m pretty happy with it! 

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I can’t decide which of these I prefer… and I actually don’t mind how they look as a set. Anyone have any opinions on the matter?

We were lucky enough to be in Helsinki in time for the Christmas Markets, which were lovely. We sampled various Finnish specialties and drank hot mulled wine in the tiny bar until sleepiness became too much to resist.

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Suomenlinna is an island fortress off the coast of Helsinki. We visited it last December, and shortly after taking this photo I slipped on the ice and fell while filming (which sounds awful, but I wasn’t hurt and the video is HILARIOUS). The island is a really incredible piece of history, a crucial site for Finland’s interactions with both Sweden and Russia during imperial expansion, occupation and war. It is also blasted by some of the iciest wind I have ever encountered, so I recommend visiting when it’s a little milder!Fernweh Postal Service

Suomenlinna is an island fortress off the coast of Helsinki. We visited it last December, and shortly after taking this photo I slipped on the ice and fell while filming (which sounds awful, but I wasn’t hurt and the video is HILARIOUS). The island is a really incredible piece of history, a crucial site for Finland’s interactions with both Sweden and Russia during imperial expansion, occupation and war. It is also blasted by some of the iciest wind I have ever encountered, so I recommend visiting when it’s a little milder!

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So this one is somewhat more political, in the vein of my previous post about Athens. The frustration and helplessness and fury I saw my friends expressing about the Euro Crisis back in 2011 was often tempered into a kind of black humour that pervaded a lot of everyday life. People were writing in the streets, creating art and messages to express themselves in a way that wasn’t being represented in the wider world, and certainly not in the political sphere. Fernweh Postal Service

So this one is somewhat more political, in the vein of my previous post about Athens. The frustration and helplessness and fury I saw my friends expressing about the Euro Crisis back in 2011 was often tempered into a kind of black humour that pervaded a lot of everyday life. People were writing in the streets, creating art and messages to express themselves in a way that wasn’t being represented in the wider world, and certainly not in the political sphere. 

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Athens is endlessly interesting to me. So much of Western culture has built its mythology around this city’s history, so much has been (mis)appropriated and (mis)interpreted in order to build the world we live in today. To be in Athens itself in the middle of 2011, with the people taking to the streets and the Eurozone crashing down around everyone’s ears, was one of the most valuable and striking experiences of my life.Fernweh Postal Service

Athens is endlessly interesting to me. So much of Western culture has built its mythology around this city’s history, so much has been (mis)appropriated and (mis)interpreted in order to build the world we live in today. To be in Athens itself in the middle of 2011, with the people taking to the streets and the Eurozone crashing down around everyone’s ears, was one of the most valuable and striking experiences of my life.

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Since we’ve started off nearby, we may as well wander into the city itself. I’m convinced the Hallgrímskirkja was designed to be viewed from this exact point, with the statue (which pre-dates the cathedral by 15 years) lined up just so. It’s too perfect not to be. So this one is the most directly derivative of Arina Pozdnyak’s Perpetual Calendar and I highly recommend taking a look at that work too because it’s really. Really. Pretty.Fernweh Postal Service

Since we’ve started off nearby, we may as well wander into the city itself. I’m convinced the Hallgrímskirkja was designed to be viewed from this exact point, with the statue (which pre-dates the cathedral by 15 years) lined up just so. It’s too perfect not to be. 

So this one is the most directly derivative of Arina Pozdnyak’s Perpetual Calendar and I highly recommend taking a look at that work too because it’s really. Really. Pretty.

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Alright, let’s start off up north. This photo is actually one of the best I’ve ever taken, so I didn’t want to do too much to it. Strokkur, for those who don’t know, is a geyser not too far from Reykjavík and it’s really, really cool. One of those things you see that just stop you in your tracks, and compel you to shout “THIS PLANET IS AMAZING” at strangers and passers-by. It’s been 14 months since I was in Iceland but I still think about it all the time. Which probably isn’t just to do with the fact that it’s a rad awesome place (which it is) but also because of where my head was at at that point - totally overwhelmed by the enormous life changes I’d just made, but loving the heck out of the momentum it was giving me.Fernweh Postal Service

Alright, let’s start off up north. This photo is actually one of the best I’ve ever taken, so I didn’t want to do too much to it. Strokkur, for those who don’t know, is a geyser not too far from Reykjavík and it’s really, really cool. One of those things you see that just stop you in your tracks, and compel you to shout “THIS PLANET IS AMAZING” at strangers and passers-by.

It’s been 14 months since I was in Iceland but I still think about it all the time. Which probably isn’t just to do with the fact that it’s a rad awesome place (which it is) but also because of where my head was at at that point - totally overwhelmed by the enormous life changes I’d just made, but loving the heck out of the momentum it was giving me.

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Anyone up for some original content? It’s been a while… but I’ve been having some more fun with Photoshop lately, and I have a new prooooject! Much as I loved doing The Suburbs Project a couple of years ago, I like that this one isn’t constrained by numbers or anything. I just get to play around!

I’ve been heavily influenced by Arina Pozdnyak's enchanting work - essentially I saw her Perpetual Calendar pieces and was like “THAT LOOKS LIKE FUN, I WANNA TRY.” For such a young artist she has a really beautiful, clean, strong aesthetic that still manages to retain a lot of whimsy. Ah whimsy, you get me every time.

Anyway this one’s called the Fernweh Postal Service. Fernweh is a lovely little word that sort of means wanderlust, except it’s closely linked to the idea of homesickness (“Heimweh”) - so it’s literally “distance ache,” which is the best possible term I’ve found to describe how I feel when I’m missing travelling. So forgive the Denglisch, but I considered wanderlust and then realised that was a German word anyway so I may as well go all in.

Göttingen by night is a strange creature. She can change quite suddenly, from thriving, bustling city centre to wild, drunken circus ring, to silence and emptiness so still it seems almost artificial. When I walk through the stillness I experience an odd sensation that hovers between proprietary elation and the nagging sense that my life here isn’t real. I begin remembering the long months I wasn’t here, when I spent hours willing myself back, building the streets in my mind. It’s my town, but our relationship changes all the time. I don’t live out near the forest any more; I’m right in the middle of it all, and sometimes the city walls seem protective, and at other times restrictive. These streets have been the stage for a hundred overwrought dramas, a thousand joyful moments; they have been the backdrop to dreams and hopes and broken hearts. They’ve been home to so many of my nearest and dearest, who are always coming and leaving and moving on. This is my seventeenth month living here, and yet so many of the most important twists and turns in my adult life happened here.

I don’t know when I’ll be leaving, and I don’t know if I’ll come back when I do. I don’t know how I’ll feel about this place in two months, or two years for that matter. I doubt it will ever stop being my town, but things change.