Lizel Strömberg

Kulturkalaset 2016: What to come!
"Göteborgs Kulturkalas" is one of Scandinavians biggest culturefestival. It's held for six days during the summer in August. The streets and squares turns into event places filled with culture. At the festival you can experience different things such as art, street performances, theatre, film, literature and music by both national and international artists. You can also attened workshops and learn how to do crafts. There are also things for kids to do like playing, make toys, paint and see kids shows. 
Personally, this event is one of my highlights every year to attened because of the various events and to experience new things with friends and family. 
This year was different from previous years. I attended the festival together with Carol to capture the festivity. We were there during all six days it took place and had planned out different things to see. We wanted as much out of the event and make sure we got to see everything we wanted. 
I have loads of pictures and stories to tell about everything we got to experience during our time at the festival. Because of the great number of pictures, I will split everything up in different blog posts. I wanted to do a summary of everything that happened and make sure to tell the people that are waiting on specific photographs that I've not forgotten them! So, if you are one of those people that talked to me during the festival and are waiting on pictures of you or the company you worked for, please bare with me! You are free to follow me on Instagram if you want to make sure to get notified when the photos are publsihed:
One of the first things we photographed was the cosplay competition that Confusion held at "Götaplatsen". I have to admit, I think that show was probably one of the shows I disliked the most to photograph because of the harsh light from the sun. The performances was not my cup of tea but I did managed to get some decent pictures of the contestans off stage that I'm happy with!
Carol and I did not only photographed what happened on stage but also the people around it. In the crowd, we spotted this cute couple and their adorable dog. We asked them politely if it was fine with them if we took some photos. They told us that the dog's name was Gandalf which I thought was cute!
As I wrote before, there were events and a section for kids to play. We wanted to walk passed it and capture the playfullness. Personally, I'm more of a concert and event photographer but I'm starting to really like to do street photography and just capture simple things in life.
The most popular thing about "Götebors Kulturkalas" is all the free various concerts that takes place during daytime but also nightime. There are music for all tastes such as pop, rock, hiphop, opera and "dansband".
As no surprise, we had to of course attened some of the concerts. We had to prioritize and think about the ones we would appreciate the most but also how things would be concering our photography. Through out the week we saw various artists and a lot of new ones that we haven't seen before, such as Elliphant, Silvana Imam and Linda Pira. Besides them we saw some more familiar faces like Kristin Amparo, Frans and Sabina Ddumba
Another popular highlight during the festival is the "International Street Market" were you can experience and taste all different kinds of food from countries around the world. I love seeing the culture difference and meeting new people. This time, we made more efforts into our photography and really took our time to make sure we got the shots we wanted. 
The people working there were very friendly and happy to pose for a photo. Some of them were curious to see the pictures and even asked me to write down my blog adress to see my coverage which was a fun surprise. 
- More pictures from the international street market will be published soon!
Last day of "Göteborgs Kulturkalas" there is this big carneval parade "Hammarkullenkarneval" of Latino dancers showing part of their culture through dance and traditional costumes. I love seeing how the people are still connected with their roots and wants to show others a part of their culture.
"Göteborgs Kulturkalas" always ends with "RIXFM Festival" which is a big free music festival that takes place during the summer in different cities in Sweden. It's very popular and contains artists from Sweden but also international artists gets invited to perform, for example, Margaret from Poland was there to perform her hit "Cool Me Down". 
I had so much fun attending the festival this year, I got so many more experiences and an increase in my self esteem. For me, photographing is some kind of therapy and I'm thankful for everything I get to experience thanks to my photography.
Lately, Carol has come along with me to various events which is so much fun! We get along very well and have the same work ethic, so even if we are there to photograph together we can go different ways to get our own angles. It's fun having someone with you while photographing but even better when the person understand it's more than just to click on a button to get the pictures you want and give you the time that you need to capture the moments. 
I will be starting to publish blog posts from the festival within a week and I hope you will stick around to see our work we did. There will be pictures from the events mentioned above and so much more!
Stay tuned for more updates, until next time: Take care! 
Perfect weather at Fun Day Röselid!
A while ago, I attended the event Fun Day Röselid that took place at Röselid to photograph everything that was going on there. They had different games the kids could play such as throwing whip cream on some of the people in charge of the game, eat cutton candy and jump in the jump castle. 
The fire department was there to talk about what to do if a fire starts and they showed the equipment they use to put a fire out. 
The one organizing the event had also booked food trucks where they were selling different kinds of food. 
The weather and lightning were perfect that day! No harsh light or rain, just enough clouds to defuse the sunlight. Because of the perfect light, it made everything so much easier and much more fun to photograph!
One of the local farmer was there too, petting the lambs was very popular amongs the children. 
Lately, almost the only thing I've been photographing has been concerts so it was nice photographing something other than that for a change. Something that doesn't include pushy people and limited space. 
What about you? Do you like to photograph and what kind of pictures do you like to photograph the most? :)
Sommartorsdagarna | Albin & Mattias featuring Niello
Every year since 27 years back, Borås city has organized the event "Sommartorsdagarna" at the town's square which is held every summer during seven weeks every Thursday. It's an event that invites the citizens of Borås and visitors to one of Sweden's biggest free event. During the event there is different kinds of entertainment. They have set up three stages: one for kids, one for those who like "Dansband" and the main stage.
In simply words, the set up is that the event begins around 5pm. Kids can get face painting, play around and then the first performance starts at 7pm which is the opening act. Later on, the music competition "Svensktoppen nästa" is held where the finale takes place in Gothenburg in September. One of the awards in the finale is a spot in Melodifestivalen next year. The headline starts at 9pm and almost the whole city gets together to see the show. 
This time around, Carol and I went to Borås to see Albin & Mattias. I have seen the duo before when I did press for Melodifestivalen but also at RIXFM Festival where they only peformed three songs. So I was very excited to finally see Albin and Mattias do a full show with their own live band!
Since I was working during the day, we went to Borås later on in the evening. We arrived to the town's square around 6-7pm. We decided to walk around to photograph some of the things that were going on. 
We found this adorable dog that we just had to photograh!
We sure got some weird looks while photographing in different angles. But what to do? We had to get our shots. ;)
When it was about an hour left, we decided to take our spots infront of the stage. We saw some of the contestants of "Svensktoppen Nästa" perform. From what I saw, there was no act that got me interested to hear more of. 
At 9pm, it was time for Albin & Mattias to hit the stage!
- They started off with the song "En Sista Gång"! 
Their set list contained songs from Albin's album "Dyra Tårar" which Mattias has been working on as well but also from their latest EP "Insomnia" where Mattias has co-written and are featuring on. 
Between the uptempo songs, they slowed down the tempo and sang "Frank", which is one of my favorite song by them. 
Albin & Mattias had a guest performer named Niello. The three lads sang their song "Backa" and Albin & Mattias backed Niello up when he sang his song "Legenden".  
As the old E.M.D. fan I am, I love seeing how much Mattias has grown since the band decided to split up.
I love how much more confident Mattias looks in what he does now and he seems to have found his element in his music. Despite how much I loved E.M.D. back in the days, I enjoy seeing Mattias and the other guys going solo more since the music they do now, feels more true to who they are now. 
One of the best things with the show and Albin & Mattias as a duo is their chemistry! You can tell how much fun they are having and how good of friends they are by seeing them on stage! 
I loved the show and I knew a lot more songs than I thought I would, which was a pleasent suprise! Carol was amazed over Mattias's vocals and enjoyed the show a lot!
As a lot of the times, after the concert, Albin & Mattias had a signing where they get to meet the fans who came to see their show.
The signing was not as organized as you wish it would have been. There were too many people in line to get to meet the guys before we had to go to the bus. So, we decided to stand by the side to photograph from there.
It was a bit funny how some of the smaller children came up to Niello and asked him: "Who are you? Are you famous?". xD
Niello didn't really mind and he played it off by making jokes about it, which was fun to see!
Before we took the bus home, I made sure to say hi to the guys before we left. I'm happy that it seems like I made a good impact during Melfest for them to remember me on a positive note. Unfortunately, I didn't got to talk with Mattias as much but at least I got to talk to Albin and say how much I enjoyed their show. 
If you want to see more pictures from the show and things around it, make sure to check out Carol's blog as well. As some of you know, Carol is a photographer as well and these days, she comes along with me too various events and some times we walk around the city to capture photographs together.
We might be photographing the same objects and people sometimes, but we see things differently and we have our own style in editing, so the result turns out different. I higly recommend you to keep beeing posted for other updates on Carol's blog, she also does some amazing illustrations and designs. We will continue to work together in the future and it won't be the last you see of her here on my blog and elsewhere!
To see Carol's photographs of "Sommartorsdagarna" click on this link: HERE! <--
OR click on the picture above! 
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Until next time, take care!