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Pure bliss

Summer is soon here with us up in the north. Summer with us means we spend time in the sun, not out of the sun. Pure bliss.

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Largs Bay

This weeks wordpress photo challenge, blur, made me primarily look for less than (technically) perfect images. Not that I retain many of those. Then I saw the light – it’s a perfect theme for my pinhole images since they’re always soft. So here we go, a fairly recent shot using a Holga WPC with Shanghai GP3 black and white film.

A morning walk in Semaphore

A chilly winter morning in Semaphore, a beach side suburb in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Just 6C in the morning, rising to 17C in the day. Apparently shocking by Australian standards. For a Swede this could pass for a cool but acceptable summer day…

Summer (2) – Arholma

Arholma, an island in the northern part of Stockholm Archipelago. There are some 50 people living there all year round and perhaps 500 during summer. During summertime you can go by boat from downtown Stockholm, a nice 4,5 hour ride.

Leaving central Stockholm for the archipelago

Leaving central Stockholm for the archipelago

There are no cars on Arholma. It’s ever so nice to walk the country lanes and only encounter bicycles or slow moving 3 or 4 wheel open vehicles.

Island transport

Island transport

I suppose there are sandy beaches somewhere around, but in this part of the world we prefer the polished granite cliffs instead of the sandy beaches. The cliffs get nicely warm in the sun and are surprisingly comfortable. All very reminiscent of childhood summers.

Beach at Arholma

Beach at Arholma

Fowlers Bay

I’ll have to change the flavour of my blog since the project in South Australia is over. Still there are some images to share though. The digital gear was dead at the time of my visit to Fowler Bay, so the analogue camera got some use. I used t-max 100 for the images.

Fowlers Bay, few houses hugging a remote coastline of the far west of South Australia, some 900 km from Adelaide.

Fowlers Bay from the jetty

Fowlers Bay from the jetty

The township was surveyed in 1890 and as I walked the streets (all 4 of them) I tried to envision what it would have been like at the time. How long would it have taken from a ship to get from Adelaide to Fowlers Bay? How would the isolation have felt? Even in 2013 it felt like the end of the world.

Fowlers Bay

Fowlers Bay

It was and is a remote area, and there had to be some facilities for residents and travelers (but who would travel past Fowlers Bay at the turn of last century?). So there was a hotel built in 1892. It cease to operate in 1936 and today the only remains is the sign where the hotel once stood.

Fowlers Bay Hotel

Fowlers Bay Hotel

In this small place, the Hotel was not the only place for social interaction. There was also a community hall. Fowlers Bay was not the only place where I felt utterly amazed at hard working settlers who, apart from establishing a life at the end of the world, also had the will and energy to build venues for social life.

Fowlers Bay community hall

Fowlers Bay community hall

About a mile from the township there’s a small cemetery. There aren’t many marked graves there. From those that are there, one can divine that life was hard in the early days.

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Fowlers Bay cemetery