We drove up to Catskills this weekend. To a tiny town called Phoenicia about 2 and a half hours drive from New York. We stayed at The Graham & CO, a small family owned hotel that had just opened end of last year. We arrived late on the Friday night just in time for bonfire night and wine in the garden.
We went horse back riding too. Fun & scary. After the 2 hour ride up a mountain, through the woods, and across a river the friendly instructor told us that he was ‘legally blind’, good thing he didn’t tell us beforehand…
Biografen from Oscar Properties on Vimeo.
Beginning of this year I was given the opportunity write and direct a short film for Swedish property development company Oscar Properties. Short versions of the ‘silent film’ have been running on a huge digital bilboard in Stockholm. This 60sec version is being used online.
It was a fun project to work on, I flew to a super cold and snowy Stockholm in January. We had a one day shoot with a small budget, but great little team. Sanna Reiley awesome make/hair! Jessica Mittelton amazing wardrobe! Elina Aho great work on the set design! Erik Nordlund beautiful cinematography! and Simon Hernadi kick ass producer! Then edit and post production, all that same week with the help from Odd-Post in Stockholm.
I also shoot some stills during the shoot:
…this one a inspired by Andy Worhol’s Dance Diagram
Say hello to undercover chicken, dressing up as the Easter Bunny. I bought a chicken. Put it out to dry. Spray painted it pink and dressed it with bunny ears. Not sure if it looks funny or just really grose.
Been playing around with some new photography lights that I got a while back. Profoto D1 500 Air. So i made my new summer sneakers the first little project. I wanted it super clean an white, the shoes almost blending in with the background, but still keeping some of the shadows. The lights were pretty easy to figure out, setting up a studio between the closet and the ironing board in our apartment was more of a challenge…
This weekend I went to Iceland for Wictors bachelor party. The weekend included friends bonding, beer drinking, shark eating, axe throwing, throwing up (not me), whale meet, swimming in geysers, great food and some great night clubs. It was all pretty damn great, and exhausting. Here are a few instagram pics, the Blue Lagoon, the view when quad-biking and Patrik and his axe. More to come…
A lot of people are asking about Tulum. What to do, Where to stay and what to eat… So here is my list.
1. Try not to do too much. Relaxing with your feet in the air and enjoy the sun. The beach is amazing so why leave it and vacation is meant to get a little slow (boring) towards the end.
2. Eat at Hemingway, amazing seafood and pasta (ignore everyone who recommends posada margherita and go here instead).
3. Eat at Buenos Aires in town, best meat ever.
4. Eat at Casa Bananas, more great argentinian steak.
5. Drink Mescal!
6. We went snorkeling, in the ocean with sea turtles and in caves filled with bats.
7. Have lunch at Casa Violeta (this also seems like a nice place to stay, maybe next time).
8. Get up really early and run on the beach. Run south and when you are past all the hotels, if lucky you will see yoga stretching nudists…
9. Hartwood is ok for drinks but skip the food maybe walk over to Casa Jaguar a little later.
10. Fly back to New York, that feeling of concrete between your toes. Can’t beat it!
Last week I took a studio lighting course at ICP (I got it as a birthday present from Liza 6 months ago). It was kind of weird being in school again but fun too. I’ve never really had a chance to hands on play around with studio lights before so a lot of technicalities to learn, but once I understood how everything works it was pretty straightforward. Here’s one of the photos I took the last day.
I went back to Sweden during the holiday break. First stop Stockholm for family, friends, relaxing and some good nights out, cinnamon shots, YUM! For Christmas I travelled down to Lizas family in Skane (south of Sweden) for a few days of putting on weight. We had a traditional Swedish Christmas eve celebration, with Kalle Anka on TV and a great jul bord full of food.
Got back from the holiday break yesterday. Went to Sweden then Tulum, got a bunch of photos, here is one of Liza in Tulum, but more to come.
This weekend Liza worked with Aquavit head chef Marcus Jernmark to style their Christmas table with antiques. It looked beautiful, and very tasty. Especially the green Princess Cake, yuuuuuum!
Thanksgiving with or friends on 41 N Moore. Sandra, Rasmus, Janenlle, Magnus, Melanie, Noel, Pyret, Gustav, Liv, Fegge, Ewa, Mathieu, Sara and Me and Liza shared a giant turkey (we named him Dan). There was also mac n cheese, creamed spinach, corn, mash, green beans and gravy. AND cheese cake, pumpkin pie, apple pie and ice-cream… two days later and I’m still full.
Broadway on Friday afternoon, the power was still off at this point and the streets were completely desolate in Soho.
Check out these amazing images from the storm and the aftermath and you’ll get an idea how bad it really was. http://bit.ly/VB1gVl And you can still donate to the Red Cross. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American @RedCross Disaster Relief.
YES!!! The electricity is back on lower Manhattan. Woke up this morning by the lamp next to the bed lighting up and then the heat slowly coming back in our apartment. The last few days have been tough (for other people close to the coast way more than us obviously) we have been camping out in Midtown for a couple of nights and been going to Williamsburg a lot to charge phones and work. Our neighborhood has been absolutely pitch black in the evenings; it’s been surreal, so happy everything is slowly getting back to normal…
Zara and Elin in amazing Japanese doll outfits
Scary ass fisherman and Karl Lagerfeld seemed to have a lot to talk about.
This year we were a bit late in planning our outfits. Very last minute we decided to be Pippi and her horse; a couple of wigs, custom ears, American Apparel socks and a pair of white Acne jeans (now with brown polka dots) did the job.
Had to jump on a plane to L.A. one more time for ESPN. We are finishing up an ad for X Games and I had to fly out there for a grading session. That’s when you set all the colors, brightness, contrast etc. for all the footage in the ad. I was stuck in a dark room all day starring at a monitor, but actually it’s quite a fun process and it makes all the difference to the look of the footage. Anyways, in and out for one day only so didn’t have time for much FUN but I did manage to stop by this famous donut shop by the side of the road not too far from LAX airport. More DONUTS!
Saturdays are snack days. That’s when all the hard work of not trying to eat too much fat and carbs (which to be honest most great foods in this country are made of) is put on hold. I LOVE SATURDAYS! Because I love donuts, I love hamburgers, I love pizza. To think of it I love all the things that make this country great. Fuck healthy diet. Watch out for Fat-Fab…
Work, beach, pool, food, drinks, work, work, work, work, drinks, pool, drinks, a lot of driving (but not when drinking), a little car crash (wasn’t me driving). Ludvig, Philip and Silverlake, work, more driving, another beach. Liza came for the weekend, woohooo, dinner, party, Bel Air, bike rides and sunsets. More work, more pool, a little bit of shopping, food, food, food. Last night tonight, then goodbye for now Los Angeles.