I try to capture images which tell a story. That story might be an emotional story, or the story of a place, or person. Over the last three years in Göteborg, I’ve captured many beautiful images – flowers, architecture, people, city scenes. I endeavor for my photography to have a certain aesthetic appeal, and this has often translated into showing beautiful Göteborg.
But the city of Göteborg can be a lonely place. I believe that any city can feel this way – regardless of a person’s mindset. But I think it can be especially difficult for expats who often find isolation from friends and family to be nearly debilitating. Göteborg is, after all, a city where just making eye contact with a stranger is frowned upon. For many months of the year, it is dark and it is rainy.
“Every day’s a endless stream of cigarettes and magazines”
Every city has a dichotomy of good and bad, bright and dark, lovely and gritty. I rarely show the gritty, lonely side of the city in which I live. Not because I think the images don’t maintain a certain aesthetic standard, but because I fear that the images might be too private for public consumption – they might tell my story.Read More»
I could spend days (maybe even weeks) writing in complete isolation. The whole stereotype of the writer working away in his or her cabin appeals to me – like Johnny Depp in The Secret Window, but without the crazy part. I have never found that being alone equals loneliness.
But, while many writers treasure their solitude, it is imperative that we understand and embrace the world around us. That’s one reason why it is important for writers to read. It’s not just reading for the content and the style of writers who have come before us, but to make our minds work – to give us pause on notions and ideas compiled by others. It’s also important that we have a firm grasp of current events happening in our world.
There are two industries that I have always enjoyed. I am what my family used to call a “news junkie”. And for many years I have been a writer for the arts. So it is my great pleasure to share with you two new venues where you will find my words.Read More»
Some days can bring such delightful surprises. You spend weeks, months, years building your social media platforms and networking hoping one day a curator might find your work and invite you to submit your images and words to a greater audience. Such was the case when Heather Hess wrote to me and asked if I’d like to submit some of my street photography to Life As A Human. And so, of course, I was happy to do so.
I invite you to view some selections of Gothenburg streets at Life As A Human, and I believe I’ll be submitting a few more articles there in the future. Please take a look and lend a comment, if you would. I appreciate your support and look forward to connecting with you there as well.
Writer/photographer Lisa Mikulski. Available for print or online publications and business in the Nordic region, Europe, and the U.S. Editorial, features, marketing copy, and public relations. Contact me here or at lisa @ 2sweden4love.com
A monochrome gallery of Gothenburg.
As a graphic designer and artist, I have always been moved by deeply saturated hues and how color can play upon one’s emotions.
As a street photographer, I find a drama and intensity which can only be created in black and white photography. Details emerge and elements which might have gone unnoticed suddenly take on a focus and sharpness that might otherwise be missed in color.
Take a look and let me know what you think?