Lizel Strömberg

With Carol at PelleKan festival!
Once again, Carol and I went to photograph PelleKan Festival in Mölndal. To be honest, I was not even thinking about attending the event but when I heard that Carol wanted to photograph the festivities I decided to join her as well. I hadn't met Carol for a while so I thought it would be nice to hang out with her again. I didn’t plan to take a lot of photos because I simply just wanted to hang out with Carol. Everything about that day was a mess and I was not in the mood to photograph at all but I ended up getting way more photos than expected, haha. 
The PellKan festival is a family event taking place every year which has a campain to get better at recycling and  to become the most litter free commune in Sweden. The campain ends every year with PelleKan, the best cleaner gets to present on stage during the day and this is a way to highlight the cause.
We arrived in Mölndal later on the evening after work. There was lots of people and the weather was lovely that day. 
Carol and I always ends up going different ways. We might be at the same event but we are two completely different photographers and how we see our surroundings are not alike. It's nice to not having to worry about the person you are with, that they are getting tired and annoying at me for waiting for me to take my photos. 
I love dogs and I can't keep myself from not photographing at least one whenever I'm somewhere taking photos. 
There were several artists performing as well and here are some of them. Chris Kläfford is the winner of Swedish Idol 2017. I didn't watch the program when it was airing but I heard a lot of people talk about Chris, his voice and his participation in the show. I’ve seen some videos of him singing and his singles are playing a lot on the radio. Chris has a very nice voice and this was the first time I got to see him live. He performed his latest single "Sober" for the first time and I have to say, I really liked that song. 
Christer Sjögren was there and by the look of the audience, you could tell that a lot of the older people were there to see him. I don't really know much of his music other than "I Love Europe" but I've seen him a lot over these past few years. He's a very know Swedish artist which target the older audience more. 
The one artist I was looking forward to seeing the most was Lagaylia Frazier. I absolutely love her energy on stage and I was excited to photograph her since I know from before that she has a lot of presence on stage. I love her facial impressions and how much feelings she shows when performing. Lagaylia performed most covers such as "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars, "The Best" by Tina Turner and lots of other well known songs through time. 
The end of the evening all three of the main artists performed a couple of songs together. I like that concept of artists singing together it's rarely that you see that live nowadays.
In between songs Chris and Lagaylia was meeting fans behind the stage and taking photos with them. I decided that I wanted to say hi and try to get some photos of them. Unfortunately the commotion around Lagaylia were too much so I wasn't able to get any good photos of her. But I had a nice time meeting Chris. I was going to take a portrait of him which he was a surprised over since I guess he's used to having people coming up to him asking for a selfie. After I took my photo, he asked me again if I was sure I didn't want a photo with him and since he asked I couldn't say no. First it was only a phone selfie but later on Carol came and took a photo of us after she got her portait.
(I'm trying to limit the amount of photos in my blog posts so I will post my portrait of Chris on IG when the times is right.)
BEHOLD here's a photo of Carol! She's the cutest and I absolutely adore her! I love having her with me whenever I'm out taking photos. She's such a great photographer and friend. Concert photos might not be her thing but she's getting really good at it and I'm so proud over her. You should definitely check out her work and follow her on Instagram!
 
 
This was it for this time. More posts to come but until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
Volvo Ocean Race - The biggest boat race in the world!
Volvo Ocean Race is the biggest boat race in the world, with 12 stops in different countries in the world. The participants in the contest are competing night and day for several days or even weeks for the longer routes. They take turns on who are on the deck and are always on the go, making strategies to get faster and find ways to get ahead of their opponents.
 
You might wonder why I decided to do coverage of this event since this kind of interest isn't something I've been writing about previously. I wanted to take the chance to do some other kind of content and give you a chance to  discover something new. I won't be making these blog posts about the scores and the race since I'm sure there are a lot of other media that does it much better than me. I will simply make my own twist and talk about the event overall and what you can expect from it. 
The hosting cities for Volvo Ocean Race are: 
❥ Alicante
❥ Lisbon
❥ Cape Town
❥ Melbourne
❥ Hong Kong
❥ Guangzhou
❥ Auckland
❥ Itajaí
❥ Newport
❥ Cardiff
❥ Gothenburg
❥ The Hauge
On set you are able to see some of the racing boats and you get the opportunity to board some of the rescue ships that the coast guards and the military use. 
There are multiple food option from different countries for those that are visiting the event for a couple hours. A lot of the food was vegan and they are encouring people about recycling, why it's important and having numerous recycling bins for people to throw their trash. 
I had to admit, I had never attended this event before and I didn't realized how big of an event Volvo Ocean Race really is. There is stores selling different sailing gears such as quality clothing, you get to try out sailing, hear people talk about sustainability in the enviroment and lots of activities for both kids and adults. There's also opportunities to meet some of the teams in the contest and known people in the elit of the sailing scene and there's also interviews with some of the sailers.
 
Even if you don't have a big interest of the sailing race itself, you can still enjoy the event walking by the dock enjoying the activies all around you. 
What is an event without music? Throughout the event there are music acts performing on set, both locals such as students from some of the local schools but also some of Sweden's most well known artists. 
If you only are attending the event to see these artists, I do recommend to take the time to walk around to see what's more of the event. Since you never know who to meet, what you will see or what new things you can discover. Look at the boats, get amazed and take the opportunity to try something new. 
The Youth Academy are also having their own contest for the younger sailers where they get together in teams to show their sailing skills. I think it's nice that they let the youngester to feel apart of the community, to show what they got and eventually get the learning experience and the memories to bring to the future. 
I'm first and firmly a photographer and most of the time I let my photos speak for themselves. I enjoyed creating a new way to share my photos and create content. I hope you got something new from this post. I will be sharing more photos from this event through this week to give you more of an insight of how it looks on set. 
 
Here’s some well informative links about Volvo Ocea Race, the latest scores, schedules and other updates about the event or races:

Everything about the stopover in Gothenburg can be found on the link below:


Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel

6th of June ~ National Day
The national day here in Sweden is on the 6th of June. I went to the local square where I live to see the celebration of the day. It wasn't that much to it since we live in a very small community. Either way, I decided to bring my camera just in case if I saw something I wanted to capture. I know, I'm very late at posting these photos since it was a week ago I took them but I had to priority my other content before this. At least it didn't took me months to post like it used to do a year ago, so that's an upgrade. 😋
There was some face paiting for the kids.
The local scouts where there and gave people the opportunity to taste twist bread which is a very common thing to eat at scout camps. 
Iréne Johansson is a know person in the commune which works a lot with the music, art and theater. She used to work as a record teacher and was actually my teacher when I was still playing the recorder. I still have good contact with her and it's always nice meeting her. 
Swiss roll with colorued cream. 
Nathalie Isaksson, a local singer was one of the performing artists during the day. 
I absolutely love photographing dogs, if I wans't allergic to fur I would probably have my own dog at home if I could!
 
This was it for this time. Hope you will have a nice week!
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel