After the ball

These pictures never became particularly popular …
My wife hates them and I am pretty sure that she is not the only one.
It is not my mission in life to make pictures which people like, sometimes it is is much more important to make something that they really disgust.
Anyway, that is not a theme for writing this.
I just show you what I have made and then you can make
your own opinion …

“After the Ball”, the title is taken from a song of “Klaus Nomi”, was a picture which “made itself”.

Kari, the model on these three photographs, was quite exhausted and wanted to go home. I myself was quite satisfied and we agreed to end the session.

And there it was, the moment I love!

On the end of this shot, she had been wearing a ski mask, but we had been experimenting with all sorts of material. Her makeup was unusually thick and greasy, and at the moment she drew the mask over her head the eyelids got stuck with the fabric and she cried out in pain.
At that particular moment I was putting down my camera, but just in a reflex I had it back and got the shot that I had worked for so long.

It all happened so quickly that it was first when we were standing in the darkroom together, watching the picture slowly emerge on the paper, that we understood that it was this we had been working for.

What others may understand …
Hopefully, there is someone out there who can appreciate the photographs and what we were trying to accomplish.
Anyway, this is “After the Ball”.

When I look back I think that the whole idea about masks had been better in a “Butoh” performance than independent graphic art. Anyway, I think that some of the pictures came out rather well.
The titles indicate that my thoughts were occupied with theatrical effects rather than making good photographs.

A rather strange thing happened when we were working with this idea. The session went over weeks with several models and during that period a robbery took place here in Bergen. Photos from the bank’s security cameras were released and in one of the pictures, I could see that the robber most certainly was a woman.
The robber was never caught, which in itself prove that I have right.

Women tend to do better than men in many jobs …

Pictures from
“The Man Outside the Window”

Model, Kari.

Being yourself makes you beautiful

Of course, one can discuss what makes a woman beautiful, but being yourself is much more important than expensive clothes and make-up.
A woman wearing no jewellery look more sophisticated than the ones overdoing it.

AnneGrethe Fuller – my favorite model for many years


When I photographed a new model I always asked her to wear her own favorite clothes.

Feeling well is a «must» for a model who want to express beauty.

Back in the days when I was working as a professional photographer the girls who wanted to be models had to do fashion shows too. To be accepted by a model agency you had to be tall and walk «in a very special» way.
Norwegian women are tall compared to many others, but the girls I preferred to use as models were ordinary girls, and I gave damn wether they were tall or small.

I looked for women who stood out from the crowd and I really found it with AnneGrethe.


David Bailey – An icon among photographers

“David Bailey has had only two love affairs in his life, one with photography and one with beautiful women. It is difficult to say which of these two affairs has taken up most of his energy, but I have noticed that – while I have often seen him with only one beautiful woman – I have never seen him with less than two cameras.” 

Brian Clarke as an introduction to “Trouble and strife”,
David Bailey’s very personal book of photographs of his wife Marie Helvin.


“TROUBLE AND STRIFE”


I have never been much into heroes and idols, but David Bailey makes somehow an exception.
An icon among photographers. 

David Bailey – Click the image if you want to know more about him

In the middle of the 70-ties I bought my first 35 mm SLR camera, a Ricoh Singlex, and soon after I was photographing everything around me. And when I say everything I really mean it! 

I built my first darkroom and of course I read everything I came across, concerning cameras and development of film. 

I was totally lost! 

My wife in those days were into clothes and wanted to become a fashion designer (which she eventually did, and many of my pictures started with photographing her models). She bought fashion magazines, especially British “Vogue”, and at that time David Bailey (and Helmut Newton), was the leading photographer’s. 

It is amazing that he is working after all these years and still are reckoned as one of the worlds leading photographers. He has always inspired me, and still, does!