see, shoot and share -
that's all - I think."
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People and countries
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Jan Oberg PhotoGraphics
Burundi 2003, 2006 and 2007
and its Guggenheim Museum 2005
Greenland and Nuuk 2005
With Gitte Arvegaard
Seoul and the De-Militarised Zone - 2003
Iraq - faces and surfaces
Pristina, Kosovo 2000
Belgrade, Serbia - 2000
Serbia suffering - 2000
Montenegro - 2000
Flowers and landscapes
Two lips - 30 close-ups of tulips 2006
Bird Song Valley,
Southern Sweden 2004
THIS PICTURE SHOWS my camera and I the moment we take the picture
of a mirror image in a steel ball in Seoul. A photographer steps
into reality and turns the camera into an extra attentive eye
on the world. The result reflects back on him or her in the sense
that the final picture is pure subjective interpretation and manipulation.
It is indeed reality, but it is also something else.
my first simple camera at the age of 7 and I've taken pictures
ever since. Small black-and-white photos to begin with, then colour
pictures and, for many years, slides. Then came the digital revolution
and I began posting simple photo series on TFF's website in 2000.
I got the idea because I wanted to convey the human suffering
I had seen in Serbia after it had been bombed. More series followed.
speak to us in ways different from text. My
photo series from Iraq seems to be one of the most accessed
documents on TFF's site.
photography. It sharpens my senses, particularly when travelling.
It helps me remember people, milieus and situations, but I also
search the beauty of small, overlooked everyday objects. I also
enjoy manipulating the raw pictures in PhotoShop - today's dark
room - which is a good pastime when I need to do something less
intellectually demanding than research and writing.
not set up my own photo site separately from TFF's. There is a
connection between my professional work and most of these picture
series. This website bombards you with the problems of the world;
I think it is important to also convey the beauty this world still
holds when we open our senses to it. About the images that are
not at all related to professional travels and conflict areas,
I can only say: There is nothing wrong with a moment of inspiration
and hope, of meditation or dreaming - indeed who can live without
a second do I claim to be a photographer. Some of the early series
at least are technically faulty, taken with a very simple camera.
Other people take much more interesting and technically advanced
pictures. I just try to get better as time goes by - and wish
I had more time.
I use a more advanced digital Fujifilm
FinPix 4900 Zoom camera
from 2000. I bought it in 2003 and I use no extra lenses, no tripod
and seldom arrange my motives. I simply shoot, process and share
my pictures. Apart from the fun of it, photography is a tool for
learning and appreciating the world in all its diversity. And
I certainly do.
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