On the Road

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A Road Trip Through Norway & Sweden

A couple of months ago now, I answered an advert on facebook.  The advert was for a third person to join a road trip, travelling by camper van through Norway and Sweden.  I was familiar with one of the people on the trip as they were a photographer who’s work I’d followed for a while and we’d chatted a few times over social media, the other person though, I’d never met.  I was a little apprehensive about leaving Fiona for a couple of weeks as Willow was only 6 months old, but as it turned out, it was Fiona who encouraged me and pushed me to do it.  So, knowing that I’d got my busiest wedding season ever coming up and time to do personal work was going to be limited in the near future, I answered the ad.

Over the next few months I’m going to be writing a fair bit more about the trip, I was photographing with film mainly, so it’s going to be a while before I get everything back from UK Film Lab (Without a doubt the best lab that I’ve ever used).  But for now, I wanted to write a small post to summarise the experience and to post a few photographs from the road.

Firstly, Phil & John.  I cannot imagine what two weeks in the arctic circle in a camper van would be like if you didn’t get on with the other people. Luckily, I didn’t have to. Two more relaxed and genial people you could not wish to meet. Excellent travelling companions, prolific snorers, and now great friends (at least until they read the bit about snoring).

What can I say about Norway & Sweden? Two countries that I visited briefly many years ago and have always been desperate to return to and I wasn’t disappointed.   Travelling around Scandinavia, you will meet some fantastic people, you will see some of the most beautiful places on the planet, you will experience some of the most tranquil places and sometimes, places where the absolute silence is almost deafening (Seriously, until this trip, I don’t think I realised just how much noise we are exposed to on a daily basis), but, you will pay for it.  Scandinavia is considerably more expensive than the UK for almost everything and don’t even begin to consider getting caught speeding 🙂

The photographs I’m posting today were never meant to be anything more than my holiday photographs.  I took (and dropped right at the end of the trip) my Medium Format film camera and a couple of 35mm film cameras for the photographs that I really wanted to take my time over, and you’ll see them soon enough.  I took my Fuji XPro for the shots as we travelled.  My road shots. Many of them are shots through a moving van window, as a break from looking at the endless Autobahn in the rain.  For many of them I should have used a tripod, but it was freezing so I didn’t go back to the van for it.  One of them is an “Oh look!!! Reindeer!!!” photo and has the van GPS in the corner of the frame, but I love them all, they are my memories.