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»
Photos from Monday’s visit to Gothenburg’s beautiful Centralstation to have fika with a friend. While all of New England was preparing for snowpocalyse 2015, life went on pretty much as usual here – a place for travelers and the idea of travel is always on my mind.
Rainy weather made for lovely lighting conditions within the building and over at Nils Ericson Terminal. Special thanks to my friend Jenna, who surprised me with the gift of the crystal ball to replace the one which remains in storage back in the States.
All photos copyright Lisa Mikulski 2015
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
I have never been able to follow a routine. I know that setting up a schedule for work and exercise will greatly benefit me but after years of attempting to incorporate some type of structure in my life I’m starting to think routine making is just not for me. I know many great writers have hours set aside (they call it working hours) for composing their articles and works of fiction. So this week I decided that yes – I too will set up a routine (again) and stick to it. It will be good for me. I will accomplish much more during the course of each day and there will be discipline damn it. Yes.
Monday was to be a day of marketing for my business. I even gave the day a name, fun and cute, to better inspire me to stick with my plan. Marketing Monday. Every Monday I will do marketing and outreach. However, I did not market my business or network on Monday. Instead I went into the city with my beau who had a day off from work. Thursday I was to finish reviewing a manuscript and clean up our apartment. I set up a day again for myself – every Thursday would be my housekeeping day. *sigh* I did not clean house nor did I review the manuscript. I spent the day writing – one must write when the writing is hot, right? This weekend, starting on Friday, my plan was to cozy up at home and do a considerable amount of reading (I’m behind), clean the apartment (It’s now quite disheveled) and write.
On Friday morning, a girlfriend suggested that we head out to Göteborg’s Archipelago as it was a beautiful Indian Summer day. Not knowing when Göteborg would again see such a gorgeous day, let alone sunshine, I opted to head out on the ferry and explore and photograph the islands. I believe this to be the correct decision, but alas it marked one more day in which my spontaneous nature once again won out and left the notion of a routine dying in the dust.
I don’t know what the problem is but I’m not about to give up on the idea of setting routines for myself. Today, by god, I’m sticking to my plan. I’m posting to this blog, uploading the photos I just processed from Vrångö, finish reading that manuscript, and cleaning the apartment. So far, so good!
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.