Monocle has an interesting look at a different approach to book publishing this month on their stylish and informative online magazine. Instead of going large like Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the other giants the proprietor Bodo von Hodenberg has opened a book store in Berlin based upon the highly successful website The idea is that they want to publish beautiful books on photography, art and design – at least 25 copies. As Eric Idle would have said: “That’s neat.”


The great thing about social networks is participation and interaction with other people’s projects and initiatives. About twice a month or so I get contacted through Flickr because of someone who has taken interest in one of my photos. It ranges from a Hungarian coffee table book on tea (sic) and a Chinese travel book on the Middle East to an online Oslo guide and a Mexican sci-fi movie. Tonight I got a mail from a person making a film petitioning for taking part in Pangea Day who wanted to use this picture in an opening sequence of a film. Pangea Day is a great initiative to give the voice to people all over the world through the power of images, still and moving.

The documentary filmmaker and TED prize winner Jehane Noujaim is part of the initiative and the people behind the Pangea Day hopes to bring together millions of people from all over the world in a unique shared experience, use the power of film to create a better understanding of one another, and form a global community striving for a better future.

Quite impressive. It all happens on May 10th, 2008. Submissions closed on February 15th though…

Time is up, it’s a wrap, party’s over. On Wednesday this week our exhibition came to a close. It was three weeks in the modest limelight – and a great experience.

I’ve made a short video on the exhibition, the setting up and the vernissage. Again, thanks a lot to David Shanks and other supporting friends who came by the vernissage and that later has stopped by Bakklandet Skydsstasjon to take a closer look. Even though the exhibition is over, please stop by the beautiful café to sample their excellent Jons Fiskesuppe.

… two days to go
Originally uploaded by mortsan.

Look Up, Look Out – en fotoutstilling om å løfte blikket
Fotografier av fotografene David Shanks og Morten Oddvik

Bakklandet Skydstasjon
Åpner Lørdag 19.01.2008

Utstillingen fokuserer på arbeidene til to Trondheimstilhørende herrer med fotografi som et stort kreativt fokus. Utstillingen inneholder fotografier fra Japan, Kina, Georgia, Egypt, Skottland, Frankrike og Trondheimsprovinsen Svartlamon samt andre Trondheimsbydeler.

Fotografiene er i hovedsak i svart-hvitt og utstillingens tittel henspiller på å løfte blikket for den observante vandrer, den som reiser i gjennom, den stundesløse, den rastløse, øyet bak kameraet. For den som evner å se forbi hverdagens og stereotypenes slør kan se de små glipene, hakkene, imperfeksjonene og alt det iboende vakre i nettopp det som unnslipper.

Samtidig har fotografiene en løs referanseramme rundt forholdet mellom subjekt og objekt, hvordan påvirker fotografens inntreden i scenen? I hvor stor grad forandres motivet med fotografens blikk og den som etterpå studerer fotografiet?

Fotografiske åpenbaringer på Baklandet Skydstasjon fra lørdag 19.01.2008.

Look Up, Look Out
Originally uploaded by mortsan.

On January 19th 2008 I will co-exhibit a photography exhibition together with David Shanks. The exhibition is titled Look Up, Look Out and will focus on black and white photography. Thematically photos are best described as trying to explore solitude in urban environments and the relationship between subject and photographer.

I believe we have some fantastic photos to show the curious visitor, so if you’re in Trondheim in Januar/February please stop by at beautiful Baklandet Skydsstasjon and have a look at the exhibition and eat the fantastic fish soup.

Happy Holidays!

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. My photos from the exhibition.

I’ve been an avid Flickr user for a couple of years now, and the online photo storage/stream service keeps on improving. The latest offering is online in-house photo editing called Picnik, but personally, as a globetrotting geography lover, I dig the new Places feature under the Explore flag.

Type in a place and you’ll get the best from this particular place. A great way to research before any holiday-making. I’m proud to discover too of course that my good friend, larskflem and myself are featured photographers of our hometown Horten, while my sister’s eminent photographing boyfriend Mixmaster has the featured interestingness photo on the same page. Yeah!