At the end of last year I tried to pick out the best pictures of my archive, and the blog post is currently the most popular on this site. So, why not try again this year? In 2016 I worked at more than 120 concerts (including festivals) so I've tried to do (a little) less concert photography this year. To make for a more interesting post (I hope) this time around, I've also included some portratis with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Laurie Anderson, Susanne Sundfør and Joey Santiago.
2017 has been a good year for music in general and I've been lucky enough to shoot pictures of such iconic artists and bands like Green Day, Conor Oberst, KISS, Solange, George Clinton, Lana Del Rey, Pixies, Alice Cooper and The Jesus and Mary Chain. But I've also had the chance to check out a bunch of new acts at Oslo's more intimate concert stages and at festivals like Eurosonic Noorderslag, Trondheim Calling and by:Larm during the winter, and at Bergenfest, Piknik I Parken and Øyafestivalen during the summer.
This year I've also had the pleasure of getting my first double-page spreads in the two largest newspapers in Norway with my portraits of Ed Sheeran being featured in VG and my interview with Sheeran (and my photos) being published in Dagbladet. My picture of AURORA from Bergenfest was also featured in a big article in VG later in the year. And in addition to that a picture of Terje Rypdal was published in The Guardian, while one of the best shots from Alice Cooper's show at Sentrum Scene in Oslo was featured in Rolling Stone along with a big interview with the veteran rocker.
As Pete Doherty's concert in Oslo this week was cancelled a couple of hours ago, it looks like I've shot my last concert of 2017 (and what a great way to end the year with Anna of The North at Parkteatret in Oslo earlier this month). But I've already started to fill up my calendar for 2018, and it looks like it is going to be a good year.
I sincerly hope you enjoy this collection of pictures from 2017 (click on the image for full screen).