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).
This year has had its ups and downs; it's been strange and sad losing musical heroes such as David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Freddie Wadling and Alan Vega and many more within the last 12 months, but I've also had an amazing year in terms of music and photography. I've attended over 120 concerts - including festivals such as Bergenfest, Tons Of Rock and Øyafestivalen in Norway and Primavera Sound in Spain.
I've shot pictures of Radiohead, Tame Impala, Mariah Carey, Pere Ubu, Kamasi Washington, Jean-Michel Jarre, Grimes, Black Sabbath, Bruce Springsteen, New Order, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, Peaches, PJ Harvey, The Cure, Paul Simon, Håkan Hellström, Eagles Of Death Metal, Midnight Choir, Suede, Justin Bieber, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ellie Goulding, just to mention a few.
In addition to that I've been traveling to Barcelona, Berlin and London, seen Iggy Pop perform with Josh Homme and Matt Helders, catched a legendary performance by Wayne Shorter at London Jazz Festival and seen David Bowie's 'Lazarus' with one of my favorite actors, Michael C. Hall, as the main character. ...AND I've had a photo of Noel Gallagher exhibited at Ragnarock Museum of Rock, Pop & Youth Culture in Roskilde, Denmark.
What a year, indeed!
To mark the end of 2016 I've collected some of my favorite photos of the year.
I hope you enjoy it!