The last couple of days have been interesting on this blog – I’ve noticed a lot of traffic, thousands of hits per day coming from the Middle East most nobably from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but all arabic speaking countries are included. There have also been countless hits from misc webpages including from an article in what appears to be a major Egyptian newspaper. All because of one image. I cannot speak nor read arabic but using translation software I have got a pretty decent idea of what the fuzz is all about.
First what is claimed about the photo – it is supposed to show a girl in Russia who is so poor that she has to sit in the street making and selling clothes:
Now the real story: I shot this at the viking market in Foteviken in 2011, the girl is a viking re-enactor sitting on the grass doing needlebinding. I was busy shooting (and helping my wife selling here textiles) that day but planned on speaking to the girl later on. Unfortunately I did not have time to do so that year. The image has been very popular (and has been used on countless pages – and although it is copyrighted (as are all my photos) I usually don’t mind if individuals use them on facebook and so forth) – and as I visit the market every year I’ve been on the lookout for the girl but so far to no avail.
I don’t know her name nor do I know what viking group she is part of.
Thank you for the interest – and thanks for all the nice mails and enquiries on the subject. And by all means visit the very nice Viking markets in Trelleborg and Foteviken this winter and the coming summer.
Believe it or not – but this is the 1001st blogpost of mine – When I first created this blog I never ever thought of reaching this far, although I am embarrased by some of the junk I’ve posted but here I am 300,000 views and 1001 posts later. Time for a much needed pause.
First a brief backstory;
I am not a cat photographer. My background in photography started in 2005 when I got my first SLR camera; namely the Nikon D70, my previous experience with cameras was limited but I tried to stay focused and wanted to learn (the pricetag on the camera alone was enough for me to put on an effort). At the same time my wife decided she wanted to start breeding cats; perhaps surprisingly as she used to consider herself a “dog person” , but two stray kittens we took care of changed her mind completely. Knowing my wife; a woman who never ever does something half-heartedly – I knew it was going to be something special. So after months of research she decided that two previously almost unknown breeds of cats really suited her; the Selkirk Rex and the equally curly LaPerm.
And as I had a camera – and some basic skills for making websites; I naturally became involved.
* little did I know how hard it was to become *
Shooting cats has never been my prime interest but I found out that facing the challenges of photographing cats (without any flash mind you) really improved my general skills. Cats are notoriously difficult to control – forcing one to become rather adaptive.
Later my wife abandoned the Selkirk to focus (as the name of my blog suggests) on the LaPerm breed.(And also – we’ve helped countless abandoned cats – and we’ve even made our entire garden cat-safe for them to enjoy)
Here I feel the urge to add; we have but 5 cats at home
So here are some brief info on the two breeds (accompanied by a couple of photos I’ve shot over the years,:
The Selkirk Rex
and now for the second breed; the The LaPerm (or La Perm) cat
I am pretty sure these would be a strict no-no in the eyes of the strict and highly organized Northern Europeans . Some are obviously made using stickers but others seem to have been manufactured this way – in any case pretty funny
Post 1021 and time flies
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