Bas Under Buen (Bass under the highway bridge) Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, 2014. Last tune of the night, thousands of ravers worshipping the bass. First stop on the 4 city Bas Under Buen tour in Denmark, more to come.
Rum is a Danish word for space, room or reverb. Add pistol and you have Rumpistol, a brilliant and inventive Danish electronic musician. Add Unkwon, Mikkel Meyer, two other great Danish musicians, and have them play inside this mad professor KUBE invention featuring visuals by Obscura and we have liftoff, the trip to space has launched.
This picture I made two days after Charlene landed in Copenhagen for the first time, almost year ago in 2013. She’s wearing her Born to Rock t-shirt. She is and makes me want to be always be awesome – and she caused a woman walking by to smile and say “I like your t-shirt. I too was born to rock“.
Copenhagen is fantastic in Summer, I would not want to be anywhere else. I had a magic 2 months here during Summer 2013. This year I arrived in early June to work the Distortion festival while Charlene has been in Singapore (damn you, Schengen visa bullshit!). Finally, on July 1st, a month of of counting the days, of waiting for my love, ends. In some ways I have been waiting for this Summer for 8 months. Summer of epicness you may begin, the Mad and Magic Raving team are back, ready to rock!
“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” – Doctor Who
“I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.” ― Dr. Seuss
“Du er magisk” – me!
The grand final party at Distortion 2014 is called - The Final Party . I had the pleasure of again working for Red Bull Music Academy. Final Party is held at an abandoned ship yard where 10-12,000 ravers go nuts at a mix of open air sound systems, tents and dark warehouses. I was looking forward to shooting our indoor warehouse stage where the sound, light, stage and performers promised something special and otherworldly – engage the turbo lasers!
Charlene with the lights of our TARDIS in the background. Fuji XT-1 with 35mm lens at f/1.4
At Distortion festival 2014, the Wednesday was not all that surprisingly followed by a Thursday! The street parties moved from the hood of Nørrebro to Vesterbro, and I was working for Red Bull Music Academy. Now, the street parties are a lot more fun it if doesn’t rain and at 2.30pm it began bucketing down and it lasted almost an hour. Fortunately half an hour before the 1600 hour kickoff, the rain stopped and never did return. Even the weather gods love a good street rave! Armed with two cameras, a bit of self confidence, gel in my hair and the infamous jacket (no sonic screwdriver though) I quickly cruised my bike to the Red Bull stage.
Distortion is the annual “celebration of Copenhagen Street Life and Modern Party Culture” . More than a hundred thousand people take to the street to use the entire city as a music venue. 4 days of parties, where the first two days are a multitude of street events that started Wednesday in the Nørrebro area. I had the pleasure of hanging out and photographing my friends at Copia Doble Systema all Wednesday, we kicked off the day at the WTF outdoor stage and when the street parties ended at 10pm, Copia Doble played a full set at an after party in Club Global. This is a collection of my pictures of the escapades that included a blue tiger, a ninja smoke bomb and a very jetlagged sleep deprived me trying not to fall off stage.
Copyflex of Copia Doble Systema at GLOBAL Copenhagen during Distortion 2014.
I am still recovering from a fantastic week of working for Red Bull Studios at Distortion festival in Copenhagen. Much more to come.
The waves staring at Christian Fletcher in the South West of Western Australia.
Perth, Australia. Sequel to Close Encounters I. Suburbia became a lot more interesting after the spaceships landed.
“Walk softly and carry a big portfolio book” – or something like that! Fused Perspective is the latest of my portfolio books, which I try to always carry while walking softly (in movie star outfit, can’t help it).