Alcatraz

A few months ago, I went to Alcatraz for the first time. This former prison is fascinating, even more so with the guided audio tour by former prisoners and guards giving a look into how life on this island really was. Close enough to see (or at least hear for the prisoners in their cells), which was the hardest; hearing, smelling, and seeing freedom.  If you’re ever in San Francisco, head out there for a night tour, it’s really something else.

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Zio Ziegler

Zio Ziegler is an amazing artist, and I happened to walk past one of his murals today in downtown Oakland.

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Zio Ziegler (born February 18, 1988) is an American artist, known for his intricately patterned paintings and his large-scale murals that can be seen in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His work reflects the diverse influences of late medieval and quattrocento painting, aboriginal, African and naive art, and the European graffiti movement. Driven by intuition and depicted with a playful use of space and materials, his subject matter reflects the human condition, with reference to allegorical, mythical and artistic lineage. He paints in the belief that his paintings complete themselves by triggering self-discovery in their viewers. You can read more about Zio, and see more of his work at zioziegler.com and artsy.net/artist/zio-zieglerHaabesland_108_AHP2066

Bonus; a picture of me taking pictures. Good for scale right? Courtesy of Alex Fossoey. 

 

Black Lives Matter

Alexander Haabesland

Photo taken by Alexander Haabesland, in Oakland, California. US

The “Black Lives Matter” movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history. Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued. People who are unacquainted with this history are understandably uncomfortable with the language of the movement. But politicians who know better and seek to strip this issue of its racial content and context are acting in bad faith. They are trying to cover up an unpleasant truth and asking the country to collude with them. (from The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ The New York Times)

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Starting Out

I remember when I first started out studying photography. It was an exiting time, and very nerve-wracking, because I had no idea if I was gonna be good enough. My passion for photographing people and creating stories got me connected with the modeling agencies in Oslo, Norway. Luckily they put their faith in me, and allowed me to work with their models. One of them is the beautiful Lise-Anitra Johnsen, and we did a bunch of shoots together that helped shape my style. Thank you for that. Here’s a previously unreleased photo of her, taken 6 years ago.

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