Holidays In The Sun

Early Seventies Britain was a very depressing place. It was completely run-down with trash on the streets, and total unemployment—just about everybody was on strike. Everybody was brought up with an education system that told you point-blank that if you came from the wrong side of the tracks…then you had no hope in hell and no career prospects at all. Out of that came pretentious “moi and the Sex Pistols and then a whole bunch of copycat wankers after us.

(From Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_Pistols – note 26)

I was a Pistols fan right from the beginning.

“PUNK ME!”

Many of my friends thought Sex Pistols were crap, but when listening to the lyrics you understood that this was more than words. This was not meaningless howling like the Norwegian punk bands were up to. It was highly political lyrics and I can fully understand why the English society was scared and afraid.

After a long time where rock music became more and more pop and entertainment, Sex Pistols changed the music scene from the start.
In the long run, they also changed rock music forever.

I think I was one of the first who actually bought a Pistols record in a record shop here in Bergen. It was “God save the Queen” and the owner of the shop tried to persuade me to NOT buy it …

It was obvious that the music had a strong influence on my pictures, two of them taken at the time is shown here.

“PUNK CITY”

Funny, even though the picture “Punk City” is shot where Bergen later planned to build “Bergen City” – a finance centre. Then came the crack in 1987 and only parts of “the new city” were built.

Today they have demolished the “heart” of this stupid idea and built what is now called “Bergen Media City”.

The times are really changing.

I have a video “There will always be an England” and when I am alone I often open a beer, put on the video, turn up the volume and really enjoy the feeling of the music.

My favorite is “Holidays in the sun” and I am sure that my neighbors love it too …

Model: Mona R.I.P.

The naked body

«The human body itself plays an important role in creating the eye-catching form of these pieces; Fuller displays a natural sense of space and shape, her poses and facial expressions challenging the binaries between clean and dirty, and professional and fun/flirty.»

From a review by Cori Amato Hartwig

The naked body has inspired artists for centuries, but for me, nudity has been the way to the naked soul …

I know that it is a rather selfish thought to try to penetrate another person’s soul but that is what I do when I am shooting a new picture. That is why I use a very long time to finish what I try to achieve.

It can take hours or even days,
and of course, sometimes I fail …

Model, AnneGrethe R.I.P

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.