Lizel Strömberg

Chaos before De Vet Du's show
 
Every time I'm attending one of De Vet Du's shows there seems to always appear some kind of obstacle. This time, was not an exception. In this post I will share photographs from their show at Liseberg and my experiences by being there. 
I arrived at Liseberg right before 5pm before Joakim Lundell were supposed to had perform. As soon as I were on set, I could feel the intense vibe around the backstage area. The thing that had happened was that the light rig had broke and the staff couldn't bring it up by the roof again after have fixed a light. There were a lot of people runing around, trying to fix the problem and make sure that the show could continue. It was an unfortunate situation and I felt sorry for the Liseberg staff, they did what they could. After have been trying to fix it for almost an hour, someone told the audience that Joakim's set was cancelled. I felt so bad for the people that had been waiting for such a long time to see him. There were discussions about how De Vet Du's show would be, but the guys decided to do the best of the situation and to do their set as promised. 
When I first arrived, the security on set was very confused over seeing me backstage as a photographer since the previous nights I was accreditated as press. I guess the fact that I don't look as the usual photographer either, made them a bit more unsure. Some security were even double checking my pass two or three times to make sure I was allowed backstage. Like for real? If I already were inside, then someone obviously have let me in earlier? 🤷🏽‍♀️
I hadn't truly realized what the light rig problem would affect me until I started to photograph. There was absolutely no light from stage to give me something more to work with, there was only very harsh sunlight direct on the guys. It was a nightmare to photograph. I had to rethink how to set my camera and how to work my angles since I couldn't be doing what I usually do. 
For the first time, I was actually really glad that De Vet Du had a lot of smoke on stage because that was basically the only factor which made the photos a little bit more interesting since there was no stage light. 
At the previous gigs, I usually are alone taking footage of the show if you count out the photographers that are only there for the 3 first songs. This time it was different, there were 3 videographer on set filming De Vet Du's show. It was nice seeing other creative people work as well on set even if that made it a bit difficult for me to shoot my photographs. 
De Vet Du had something special planned for this show, Tor was going to do his first ever singing performance for a live audience. People have been requesting it for a while and it was now happening. You can think whatever you like about Tor's vocals but he's a performer for sure. I think he did a great job and it seemed like the audience enjoy his performance of "Hon Vill Inte Ha Mig". 
The guys are very into their performance and are not always aware, where I am by the stage to look into the camera since I'm always running around getting different angles. But this time I managed capture Chris.
When I heard that De Vet Du was going to have a signing, I got very excited because I think it's a lot fun seeing the fans getting to meet the artists that they like. I have been waiting for this for a while since I knew it would be a lot fun to see how people interact with De Vet Du, specially with DJ-Hunk because of the mystery about him. 
People didn't had to buy any merch to get the opportunity to meet the De Vet Du, but if they wanted the guys had their merchandise stand all set with T-shirt, hoodies, caps and other kinds of merch. I briefly got to meet one of Tor's brothers which was nice.
It was fun watching the guys meeting their fans and to see all the happy faces. There were kids who were very shy when they got up to De Vet Du, and some of them had these big eyes when they saw DJ-Hunk. One little boy had seen his dad been saying something to DJ-Hunk and when they left the signing, the little boy asked his dad with the biggest adminiration in his eyes: "CAN DJ-HUNK SPEAK?". It was so cute!
Very satisfied guys which was very happy with the food they were given after the signing. 
(Remind me to not stand in front of Johan, Chris or a black background next time I'm taking photos with them. It makes me look bald, because my hair blends in. 😅 Happens everytime! 🙄)
Before I went home, I made sure to thank the guys for letting me come and to say bye. It's always a learning experience to attend their shows, it's a lot fun and I get to really push myself when it comes to my photography. It's nice to look back on my photos from their shows and to see that I've been able to capture different kinds of photos each time. Anyway, if you get the opportunity to see one of their shows, you should definitely go!
 
It was it for this time, I hope you enjoyed my stories and photographs from another De Vet Du show!
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel
Cherry Blossom | Hanami 2018
This blog post is a collaboration with my friend Carol. We have decided that we wanted to do more collaborations with each other and our content as both of us are photographer. We thought that it would be fun to see how our different styles in photography shows in our work. We will start simple with sharing photographs from an event we went to in the end of April. 
Every year, "Botaniska Trädgården in Göteborg helds an event to celebrate the Japanese tradition "Hanami". The weather has been cold and rainy for a while and I was a bit unsure if the cherry blossom had been able to blom at all before this event. 
Unfortunately, the trees hadn't blommed no where near as much as previous years. We decided to not let it stopped us to have a nice day anyway. 
It was nice to just walk around the park, not having to worry about needing to be somewhere else or stressing about making sure I get enough of photographs for content. This day was just about taking the time to hang out with Carol and practice to capture something else other than concerts photography. 
We found blossom for us to enjoy seeing and capturing in photographs. There was only small amount of flowers and one bigger tree that would make good to take photos of. Taking photos of flowers might not be what I'm used to photograph but I enjoyed the challenge and seeing all the people that also were there to appreciate the flowers. 
I really liked walking in the park and hearing all kinds of languages around me. It was all from Japanese, Arabic, German, Danish, Filipino, Swedish and English in different accents. It was very nice feeling the diversity. 
I can go out by myself to photograph and that's fine, but it's always way more fun to have Carol wtih me. She has such a good spirit and we have a lot of fun together. Whether it's to photograph or just hang out at home to catch up. After our stroll in the park we went out for a Fika since we hadn't been eating during the whole day because we were just busy with taking photographs and enjoy each other's company.
 
If you want to check out Carol's photographs from this event and to see how our different styles in photography shows in our work despite taking photos of the same thing looks like. By doing that you see more of the personal touch to our work. That angles, editing and approach are very different from one and other photographer that despite taking photos of the exact same event can look different in others eyes. 
It's not often I share photographs of Carol but when I'm allowed to, I'm happy to do so. If you want to check out Carol's photograhs from the "Hanami" event, here's a link to her blog post: 
 
Let us know what you think about this kind of collabaration in the comments section below, or give me feedback on my social medias as Instagram or Twitter. Is this a fun idea? Would like to see more of this? 
Until next time, ingat!
Darin's summer tour is here!
Darin has been around for about 13 years now as an artist and he's still consisted! I've been following Darin ever since he made his debut in Swedish Idol. He has done tons of work and has been always releasing quality content, year after year. He recently ended his venue tour this spring and started with his new summer tour!
I attended his show at Liseberg last week where I also was accreditated as a photographer. I was very excited to finally getting the opportunity to photograph one of his shows more professionally than I've done before. 
Something that I really liked about the show was that Darin had a live band with him which made the music feel more real. I'm such a sucker for live instruments and I really appreciate when I get to hear music played with real instruments. Believe it or not, he even had people playing the violin! 
I love the variation of both old and new songs in the setlist. Having a mix of the songs made it easier for fans from back in the days and the more newer fans get the opportunity to connect to the different music areas. 
I was SUPER excited to be hearing both "Money for nothing" and "Step Up" live as those songs are personally some of my favorite bops of all time! Those songs have grown old very well and people still know the lyrics to them. 
One memorable thing that I saw in the audience during the show was that there was a group of girls in their 20's having a great time singing along to every song. At one point, they realized there was an older woman (maybe in her 40's) dancing and singing along to all the lyrics of Darin's songs by herself. The girls decided to ask the woman to join them and continue the concert with them which she happily said yes to. It was very nice seeing how different generations could connect through music like that. 
The overall impression of Darin is that he's such a pro, he knows how to take in the audience and puts on a great show. It's a lot of fun to have followed his career from the different parts of his music, and to see how much he has grown as an artist. His image, music and personality really reach out to a bigger range of audience compared to his earlier releases. Don't get me wrong, I really love his first albums such as "Darin", Flashback" and "Exit" but his music in Swedish which has a more folksy vibe is very good as well. Sometimes when artists make this change in their music, not everyone will like it but I think majority of the people like what Darin has done which is impressive from Darin and his team. 
If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of Darin's shows, I highly recommend it. If you like his music or just the type of music he does, you won't be disappointed. 
This was it for me, I hope you liked this post and enjoyed reading my thoughts about seeing Darin in concert. Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel