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Think of the Children

The other day I was out in Stockholm on my regular visit to the doctor. I always bring my camera with me no matter what model it has been… X100(S), Leica M9, 5D mark II or now the A7r. Most days it ends up staying in the photo bag and I´v had to struggle to get the spark back to use it, more than the hundreds of photos of my son. Most of the time the A7r is probably one of the worst cameras to use on a kid on a sugar-high, adding to that a 35/1.2 or the 50/0.95 and you have so shallow DOF that even though the kid is sleeping your always out of focus. So what do you do when you loos all the joy in photography? You can force yourself to take pictures of everyday stuff, things happening around your home or things away. Almost every day I take a few photos of my son but thats nothing to show in this forum, not that I’m not proud of the photos or my son, it’s the opposite but I don’t think It’s enjoyable to se photo after photo of someone that you don’t know.

So why “Think of the Children”?
Well as a child your open to the world, never thinking of the consequences, never locking in the mirror and thinking of the one way to use a tool and always seeing the possibilities. So as I went to the car the other day I decided to grab the camera… even though the weather was cold and it was dark outside. Would it really matter if I just took 20 minutes of my evening and took some photos? So I went up on one of the most popular view-points in Stockholm “Fjällgatan”. This is where I found the sign “Think of the Children”.

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Voigtländer 35mm/1.2 at f1.2
Sony A7r
1/100sec
ISO 5000

This is a modest warning sign that you should not place anything near the fence that the children can climb on to. However the Headline in combination with what was in the background, Stockholm’s amusement park Gröna Lund got me thinking in a different direction. When you have drained your mind of ideas just do as you did when you wore 5 years old. Take that box that you used as a train before and turn it into a house. Take that Camera and just shoot away.

Bench Voigtländer 35mm/1.2 at f1.2
A7r
1/100sec
ISO 5000

Part of a bench, I like the color of the wall contrasting against the bench. The design of the armrest gave it an interesting feeling and a depth that somehow pulled me in.

XVoigtländer 35mm/1.2 at f1.2
A7r
1/100sec
ISO 5000

The cross, A way to support a wall, a kiss in the internet age and a sign that lets you know that help is near.

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