This is my office space in the studio, located in Uppsala, Sweden. I recently painted the wall behind the desk green. The desk is actually my mother-in-law’s, bought new in the seventies by her and my father-in-law. She has no space for it since she moved and it looks really good in my studio. I love the soft green color on the wall and how it works with my nature and flower art prints. I also love the seventies chair and the old concrete floor and the old radiator and the beautiful window. Having my nature prints around me like this when I work makes me see what the next step in my work process is. Take a look into my shop to see all images and all the new ones. http://ulrikaekblomphotography.tictail.com
Lite i taget gör jag förändringar i mitt arbete som fotograf. Jag vill jobba mer med fotokonst, prints att ha på väggen. I början av sommaren fick jag ett stipendium av Sveriges författarfond. Det gjorde mig väldigt glad och har gjort det möjligt för mig att under hösten lägga mer tid på mina egna bildidéer. Det tar väldigt lång tid att komma in i att jobba med något nytt, speciellt om man redan har det ganska bra med det man redan håller på med. Att ha möjligheten att ha mer sammanhållande tid gör att jag utvecklas och kommer vidare på ett helt annat sätt med mina egen bilder än om jag hela tiden har massor av andra uppdrag som jag avbryter med. Jag har upptäckt att vilka bilder som gör sig som print på väggen skiljer sig från bilder som passar i böcker, någon gång ibland kan en bild funka för båda. Det känns spännande och mer nytt än vad jag trodde, det är nästan som att börja om från början. I varje fall vad gäller kontakter. Jag har inte samma kontakter i fotokonst/print branschen som jag har i matfotobranschen, än i varje fall. Titta väldigt gärna in i min shop med natur/växtbilder! ulrikaekblomphotography.tictail.co
I’m slowly making changes in my work as a photographer I want to work more with photo art, more artistic. A scholarship I was very happy to receive in the beginning of the summer has made that even more possible for me. So I have since summer been working quiet a lot with images for my printshop. I’ve made time for me to work with my photography ideas. This takes time and I have noticed that if I have more time and time that is not interrupted by other projects I get further in my thinking and I get more done. Making pieces as wall art is different from making it for books or magazines, though an image sometimes works for both. It feels excitingly new to me, but it also feels a little bit like I am starting from the beginning at least contact wise. I don’t have the same connections as I do in the food photography business yet. Take a look at all my botanical images in my shop! ulrikaekblomphotography.tictail.com
Den har matpyramiden har jag satt ihop och fotograferat. Mai-Lis Hellenius har bestämt proportionerna av hur mycket av varje. Bilden är tagen för Sundkurs.se och versionen med linjer och rörelse finns som poster i Hjärt Lungfondens webbshop.
I photographed and put together this Food Pyramid for Sundkurs.se. Man-Lis Hellenius was in charge of the proportions in it. This image with the lines and small moving figures is for sale as a poster in Hjärt Lungfonden’s webshop.
One more cookbook. I worked with this cookbook during last winter and spring and now ten months later when summer is coming to an end it is time for it to be published. As usual I have taken the photos and this time I worked with Zeina Mourtada. Zeina has a very popular Swedish food blog called Zeinas Kitchen and this is her first cookbook. The theme of the book is Middle Eastern food and everything in it is so good. What I loved about making this book was getting to know Zeina, working with colors, learning more about Middle Eastern food and that Zeina was open to so many of my ideas of color, props, backdrops. The book is published by Bonnier Fakta and the graphic design by Eva Wilsson.
I visited Copenhagen a few days last week. I ended up spending many hours in the Botanical Gardens again. This time very warm and so much in bloom. The peonies, the rhododendrons, azaleas, wisteria and so much more about to bloom. What a peaceful, beautiful place in the middle of the otherwise busy Copenhagen.
Paris a few days ago. My favourite trips are with my family even though we usually want to do different things. Two grown-ups, two teenagers. I spent more time in the very busy part of rue Rivoli shopping for clothes than I really had planned or wanted to due to my 16 year old daughter’s need to shop. When she is happy, I’m happy. But I did end up buying a very inexpensive pink sweater at Forever 21 and some earrings at Mango. Also thanks to my daughter we went on top of the Arc de Triomphe and I got to shoot the image above from above the Champs-Élysées. First time for me up there and I recommend it. Beautiful view , interesting history, not very expensive, the line wasn’t bad and a very healthy climb up stairs to get there. I love walking around with my camera looking for great shots and I think my daughter is starting to like photography too. This is good for me because then I’m not the only one stopping all the time, I’m always way behind the others. These shots are my dream of what Paris is, they are real but far from the whole story. I love that the trees had not turned green yet, these more brownish tones look so good together with the buildings and pink flowers, magnolias and cherry blossoms. More images of Paris to come in my next photo journal. Paris in the spring.
These images are all in one of my Etsy print shops (Ulrika Ekblom Photo), I have two. This one is mainly from travels I’ve been on from places like Cinque Terre, Sestri Levante, Portofino, Charleston, Miami, Paris. The other shop (Nordic WallFlower) is all about flowers and plants. New prints from Paris are coming up after I sorted and edited all the photos from my lovely, springy three-day Paris visit last week.
Mimosa does not grow in Sweden but we can buy it here when its in season in southern Europe. It’s a sign of spring for me and reminds me of two wonderful months I spent in the south of France when my children were really small. My son took his firsts steps during this stay and turned one and now a few days ago he turned thirteen, so it’s a while ago. I remember the hills covered in yellow mimosa trees. We were lucky spring was little bit late that year. Otherwise we would have missed the blooming. These images are taken in my new studio with the snow still outside those beautiful windows. Image just below is available as print in my Nordic Wallflower shop.
This is my first photo journal. I love putting together small photographic stories about special places I go to and things I see. This first one is from the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen. So if you are lucky enough to be in Copenhagen, if the chilly wind is getting to you, if you love plants and old buildings go here. This place will warm you inside and out.