KEBNEKAISE (2106 M)


- Photography by A Northern Soul

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It has always been a dream of mine to go further up north and explore more of our own Sweden and its great nature.  It has always been a dream of mine to stand on the top of our greatest mountain, Kebnekaise, and this year the time was here.

Me, together with two of my closest friends, went from Stockholm to Kiruna in the beginning of July and the weather was amazing when we arrived. For a long time we had been reading weather forecasts that had told us rain and thunder which isn’t really the perfect conditions for walking through forests or climbing mountains but as soon as we arrived we were told that we would be fine, maybe even a bit too fine.


We travelled by car from Kiruna Airport to the small village of Nikkaluokta were we got set and started walking into the forest, heading for the mountains. The walk you do from Nikkaluokta to the Mountain Station at Kebnekaises foot is about 20 km long and you cross some really amazing nature but as the weather was about 35 degrees it was tough. Heavy bags, sweat everywhere, a really rough route. Yea, it was hard.

After almost half the walk we stopped by this fantastic lake made of mountain water, all turquoise, cold and fresh. Surrounded by mountains. It was almost religious.

We swam for about forty minutes to cool ourselves and clear our heads from a long day already and it didn’t take long before we were set to continue our walk towards Kebnekaise.

The walk took us about four hours and it was three really happy faces that arrived at the station late, Friday evening.

Kebnekaise is 2106 meter high. It’s not THAT high. But the walk is tough, really tough. It all depends on how you handle distance. And rough terrain.

To get to the summit you first walk about two or three hours, crossing both minor mountains and rivers before you start the first really hard test. The climbing of mountain Vierranmare (1711 m) has to be done before you climb down from the same mountain and get set to climb the next one, Kebnekaise.

It’s tough on your legs and feet and you have to be really focused at all times so you don’t put your feet wrong and fall. The ground is made of razor sharp stones which in most cases are pretty loose so no trail is really better than others and thats the challenge. Keep going in a nice and steady tempo while staying enough focused on where your feet are all the time.

The way from the station to the summit took us seven and a half hours but when you’re standing on the roof of Sweden looking down on all those mountains that before looked amazingly high, now look so small, its fantastic. Amazing really. Probably the most beautiful and powerful scene I’ve ever witnessed.

The way back is a bit faster as it’s mostly downhill but if you walk a lot you know that walking downhill a long time can hurt like hell as well and when we started our journey back the storm came.

We had been walking and climbing in 35 degrees heat all day but all of a sudden the sun disappeared and the weather turned to 5-8 degrees and hard rain which made it pretty hard, walking and climbing slippery rocks and when you’re tired, out of sugar and on your way home from standing on top of a giant mountain you’re not that focused so it can be really dangerous.

The way home took us about four hours in total and after about half the time the rain stopped and the sun came back so the last bit was great, if you put aching feet aside.

Doing these kinds of things. Walking, climbing, exploring. Is what life is about. Being close to nature, being part of it. Finding energy and putting life in perspective.

I loved every minute of this journey and I’m already planning the next one. 

SUN CHEMICALS


- Photography by A Northern Soul

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ANS01 - ANS02


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The next step with A Northern Soul is the release of ANS01 & ANS02, two tees in black and white with the ANS logo. This tee is professional screenprinted in limited numbers here in Sweden and comes in sizes S-XL.

Release date is next Tuesday, the 18th of February, at 17.00 (GMT +1) and it will be available through the new store, store.anorthernsoul.net where you’ll get more pictures and information about this and future releases.

Älgholmen, Stockholm


- Photography by A Northern Soul

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SLUSSEN, STOCKHOLM


- Photography by A Northern Soul

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME


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I’ve always been interested in the beginning of things and the history and tradition of how to create and how to produce. In the nighties I studied photography before the digital cameras revolutionised the art form and learned how to limit myself to 24 or 36 photos per roll and most important how to develop and create an actual paper copy from a photo roll which really is an incredibly amazing thing to do as you actually see a picture all of a sudden appear from a white paper. Its almost magic.

As an illustrator and graphic producer I’ve worked with computers all my life, or at least since they arrived at my home twenty years ago but everything in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop has its precursor as you started off with pen and paper, scissors and glue before that arrived. In one way the time before the computers and digital everything really was more creative as it demanded more from you and your skills but in the other hand there really are no end to the possibilities to what real creative persons are able to do today with the tools we now got at hand.

But, never forget your history cause if you do, you’re never able to understand the work that you do today. You need to understand why a photography comes in the shape it does to understand how to compose and work modern cameras. You need to know how to draw with a pen on real paper to be able to fully understand Illustrator and Photoshop etc. You need to know your own history to understand where you’re going. It’s all a circle. 


That said, I just finished another screen print class a couple of weeks a go. As I’ve been working lots with tees and prints etc. over the years, mostly by creating them by hand or digital and sending them to a printer and then returning a product in a box I decided to dig deeper in the art form of screen print. I joined a group of seven girls (always girls who takes these classes) and one teacher and for seven weeks one evening a week I designed some new prints, transferred them to a frame and then by hand printed a bunch of tees.

It’s a lot of things that cant go wrong and mixing of colours that has to be perfect and exactly measured prints at the exact right place on the fabric but the details and the craftsmanship, the hard work is the thing that makes this so fun. Be able to actually create something from scratch instead of sending another PDF to a printer guy without a face and returning a box of tees. Don’t get me wrong though, that’s lots of fun as well, don’t think I’d be able to do this with every project but as I started, you need to know the history to fully understand the future or the now.

All these pictures are taken from the project except for the top one send to me by my brother Milton from over the sea, really hope you like them!

/ANS



LONDON IN BLACK AND WHITE


- Photography by A Northern Soul

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LOS ANGELES IN BLACK AND WHITE PT. II


 - Photography by A Northern Soul

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LOS ANGELES IN BLACK AND WHITE


- Photography by A Northern Soul

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THE ART OF SURFING


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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!


THE SEASON OF TRADITION


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Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands. Fair Isle knitting gained a considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle tank tops in public in 1921. Traditional Fair Isle patterns have a limited palette of five or so colours, use only two colours per row, are worked in the round, and limit the length of a run of any particular colour.

Some people use the term “Fair Isle” to refer to any colourwork knitting where stitches are knit alternately in various colours, with the unused colours stranded across the back of the work. Others use the term “stranded colourwork” for the generic technique, and reserve the term “Fair Isle” for the characteristic patterns of the Shetland Islands.

This time of year, when the weather is all white and cold I like to get back to the roots of knitwear. The knitted sweater is one of the most important pieces of clothing as it keeps you both warm and handsome and keeps everyones eyes focused if the right or od one is the one you wear. 

Traditional knitted clothing tells a story, it has a meaning and sends signals of dignity and style and whether its a scarf, a couple of gloves, a sweater or a hat you can never go wrong if you keep it subtle together with other classic clothing like a duffle coat or a parka.  

This years best pieces, even if they’re not all Fair Isle, are shown above and listed below and can be found at Triads.
 

1. Norse Projects Birnir Multi Beanie

2. Barbour Caister Fairisle Sweater 

3. Norse Projects Birnir Multi Knit Jumper 

4. Barbour Dunkled Glove 

5. Barbour Melrose Patterned Scarf 

6. Norse Projects Birnir Multi Mitten 

7. William Fox & Sons Fairisle Yoke Pullover

8. Norse Projects Birnir Multi Scarf 

9. YMC Navajo Bobble Hat 

10. William Fox & Sons Fairisle Jumper

11. Barbour Melrose Patterned Scarf

12. YMC Navajo Lambswool Crew Sweater

TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT CHRISTMAS

RÅSUNDA FOTBOLLSTADION 1937-2012


- Photography by A Northern Soul

















 

IN FLANDERS FIELDS