|It is amazing what an intrepid adventurer can find right outside Gothenburg.|
The past few years, my friends and I have done our best to turn Gothenburg into a city of adventure, horror, and wonder. Here are some of the highlights.
Noir – Hard Boiled Detectives
This shot of a hard-boiled detective on his last case was inspired by Sin City and other Film Noir movies.
|The Pizza Box Lightshaper|
It is a selfie. I taped a sheet in the door frame to my kitchen, and lit it from behind with a flash on a tripod.
The sliver of light on my eyes is from a flash with a pizza box as a light shaper. I often improvise, and use whatever is handy to shape light.
|Peter Markusson as The Shooter|
I run a photography network for both amateurs and professionals. We have photography events, with various themes. Recently, we had an Adventure photography event, and it was there that I met Peter Markusson. Personally, I think Peter is a lot better as a hard boiled character than I am.
The Martian invasion
|This picture turned out to look a little bit too realistic. When I published it, some people thought it was the real thing.|
I did a mini-project, where I used my iPad, and apps like LensFX and Snapseed, to produce a series of pictures from the little known Martian invasion in the 1970´s. I released the photos one-by-one.
As I released each photo, I also wrote a little story snippet about the invasion.
When I published the pictures and story snippets, I did not state that they were fiction. I should have, because some people thought the invasion story might be real.
That is why I started including mecha robots in the pictures. It avoided further confusion. Fortunately, nobody believed in Martian Mecha.
Horrors from Beyond
|Callisto Utriainen as a Deep One|
If you have read horror stories by H.P. Lovecraft, you will probably see that this is a human/Deep One hybrid.
This is a subject I plan to return to...when the stars are right."Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn""In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."
|The Girl Who Wanted Eyes for Christmas|
Savage Super Heroes
|Petra Brewitz throws a car! Poor Julia Reinhart, who is inside.|
That was the premise of Savage Heroes, a series of pictures where superpowered characters really let loose, and the carnage that follows.
|Savage Heroes: Warzone!|
The Batman and Spiderman shot was a bit of pro bono work for Superheroes Against Cancer.
Running from Dinosaurs
|I wrote and directed A Rift in Time, but there were several photographers in the team. This picture was taken by Julia Reinhart.|
A Rift in Time is a photo comic book project. We were a team of eight people who spent over a year creating a time travel comic book adventure, complete with dinosaurs.
I wrote the story, and directed the photography, but we were several photographers, and most of us also played roles in front of the camera.
Turning Gothenburg into a prehistoric, 65 million year old landscape, on zero budget, was a bit of a challenge, but it worked out alright.
|Three pages from A Rift in Time.|
Another benefit of the look was that we could speed up the composite work in postproduction, because we did not need to match light and shadow as carefully as we would otherwise have had to do.
|Callisto Utriainen and Tristan the T-Rex|
For the picture above, I used my son's plastic toy T-Rex. I added organic looking skin texture from the same fish photos I used to create the human/Deep One hybrid horror photo.
|The Thing in the Forest|
Gothenburg may seem a bit sleepy at times, but between the detectives, monsters, superheroes, and time travel accidents, the city is much more exciting than it looks.