After a fantastic weekend it’s kinda hard to wake up to a normal day. Yesterday was the first time I had a music event in the barn/gallery. After months of planning and promoting my nerves were wrecked and I could hardly breathe. At first I was worried that no one would show up and then lots of bookings rolled in and I started freaking out about too many turning up. Turned out I could have saved myself from all the stress, the day was absolutely fabulous! The band was called Irmelin, a folk music trio from Sweden. They have toured all summer and this was their finale. Just the right amount of people turned up. Sitting in the barn listening to Irmelin singing old Swedish folk songs a’capella was a completely magical experience. Afterwards everyone had a second go at the “fika” table and mingled outside in the sun with chickens, dogs and children running around. It was the first music event in the gallery but definitely not the last!
August is turning into a wet month… At the weekend all artists on Hönö and surrounding islands opened their studios or homes to the public. Konstvågen (the Art wave) is a yearly thing and this was the fifth year I participated. After the wet plate gathering last week I was really itchy to have some plates done so I gave my last plate holder a little seeing to with sandpaper and tape. It held for 3 portraits before it broke in two pieces. Doesn’t sound much but I was happy with finally making one! The day after I used the smaller camera and took a few more portraits of visitors. The weekend was great with loads of people braving the wind and rain showers. We sold lots of “fika”, hot sauces and pictures and postcards as well. I felt a bit blue on Monday, it was so much fun taking pictures of the public but with my equipment playing up I can’t do it. My husband finally had enough of my whining and told me to just buy a new camera so now I have! I can’t wait for it to arrive!
For the first time wet plate photographers in Sweden gathered together at Donsö, an island in the southern archipelago, to do wet plates and hang out. With last weeks exhibition and one the coming weekend I wasn’t going to come but changed my mind the last minute. Since I hadn’t mixed any collodion recently and my camera holders are broken I didn’t do any photography and ended up being a model instead. Donsö is actually quite close to Hönö but there is no boat or ferry connection between the islands so it took me over two hours to get there by bike, bus, tram and ferry. There are no cars on Donsö, everyone’s got mopeds or golf carts to get around. We set it all up in the woods just by the water. The drawback with wet plate photography is that you need to bring so much stuff, our host had to do countless trips back and forth with all the equipment. It was a great location and we were very lucky with the weather to begin with. I went for a swim and tried to a floating model for one of the photographers, gosh it’s really hard to float without moving! Suddenly the heavens opened up and and the rain started pouring down. I sacrificed my raincoat to save some of the plates that had dried. All we could do was squeeze in to the eskimo tent and wait for it to pass. The rain kind of killed the mood a little bit and we were getting hungry and wet so our host drove us back one by one with all the cameras and plates. The rest of the evening we had a meal together and ended up talking until early hours. So great to get to discuss things with other people who know what you’re talking about and to see how everyone else does their plates. Definitely the beginning of a yearly event!
Out of the fog, yeay! The flu knocked me out for a few weeks but now I’m back on track. Last weekend I had another photographer exhibiting in the gallery. I’d seen his fantastic photographs online and luckily he said yes when I asked him to come here. As usual my husband smoked salmon and baked sourdough bread and every ones favourite the lemon poppy seed cake. We sold many jars of blackcurrant jelly and a new chilli sauce, I call it “No mango sauce” because I thought there was mango in it. It’s yellow and made of canned peaches, apricots and loads of chillies. Goes perfect with chicken, fish and last night I had it on pizza. We had a surprise live music show when my neighbour turned up with his guitar which was much appreciated. He sang with such feeling and stomped the floor I was a little bit worried that he would fall through it. I was a great weekend and I couldn’t help buying one of the pictures for myself. There’s quite a collection growing on my living room wall…