A Colour Explosion from the Heart




Posted by Alexandra S on February 21, 2018 at 9:10 AM
I think it was Saturday... or Sunday. We met up at one of my favorite coffee spots, ESPRESSO HOUSE on Kungsgatan, in Stockholm. I had only briefly met Hasse through one of our contacts, Jonas Henningsson, who works for the swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Our initial acquaintance was made during a mingle session at the TUR Travel Fair in Gothenburg some years ago. With some people we just click well, and that was the case with Hasse.

After numerous chats on art, creativity and photography, we decided to take our creativity for a spin. I recall it was summertime, thus the great appetite to take our inspiration outdoors and explore Stockholm and what it had to offer two creative minds. After having our coffee and chatting for about an hour or so about various concepts we could work on, it was time to kick it off... so we headed towards Djurgården. 

The main theme of the day's photo session was inspired by THE BALLERINA PROJECT  which I was really into at that time. The difference was that OUR project would have a personal touch. After all, no one person is the same and no one person is one-sided either... 

Needless to say, I have absolutely no experience in modelling, and that was not even the purpose in this particular case. Although I do feel comfortable in front of a camera, this had nothing to do with being beautiful or picture-perfect in any way.

It was all about self-expression through dance...
through the effects of nature and the surroundings...
through the music we feel within... 
through the moment itself... 


Our photo expedition lasted about 5 hours with a break in between.
We made our way to Södermalm and had a brief lunch at "Mossebacke" (Slussen) before we set off again with renewed energy.

The next round of our photo shoot was done in a completely different vibe, not because our stop-over for lunch boosted our energy (which was also partly true)... it was the time that we spent walking around and talking about a whole range of topics and generally feeling more comfortable in each other's company that changed the dynamics, minute by minute. There was never any awkwardness between us and it was honestly as if we had known each other for years. 
It was that exact relaxed vibe that helped me loosen up a bit more and push myself creatively in front of his camera. The next round had a much more edgy and industrial tone to it, if I may use that word... 
What do I mean...?

The day was one of the most amazing ones I've had, and it was definitely something I wanted to repeat. Meeting people who are creative, innovative, fun to be with, inspiring is something I really enjoy doing and it is something that I feel has a mutual effect. We learn something from one another, we leave feeling "richer" in a more substantial way. 

About a year later, the adventure was repeated!!! Even more edgy than the last time! We used bridges, neglected parking lots with graffiti all around, rocks on riversides... etc. 

Here is an idea of what went down.

Although we didn't get the chance to proceed to Round 3 of this creative experience, I am hoping that it won't be long before we pick up again from where we left off, only this time with a completely new attitude... :-) 

For more of Hasse Linden's photography, go to https://www.facebook.com/PhotographerHasseLinden/" target="_blank">http://https://www.facebook.com/PhotographerHasseLinden/

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