This is Copia Doble Systema

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Copia Doble Systema – DJ Copyflex and Julius Sylvest feat. Alo Wala in the chair, outside Yo Fok studios.

Boom Boom! Charlene is piloting our ravemobile through New Mexican landscapes of dreams. I am DJing in the passenger seat. Cumbia and caribbean flavored electronic beats and bass, always lots of bass, are threatening to rattle the car to pieces. The tunes are courtesy of ‘viking cumbia pioneers’ Copia Doble Systema – putting the raving in Mad and Magic Raving.

Since last year I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with Copia Doble and have photographed them on many occasions. Copia Doble Systema core members are Copyflex (who started the band) and Julius Sylvest. The live shows feature stunning visuals from Mad Es and sometimes MCs such as Lady Smita and Alo Wala – creating an otherworldly audio visual environment.

First coming to my attention in May 2012, they were an essential part of the soundtrack when we invented Mad and Magic Raving in New Mexico, September 2012. Mad and Magic Raving is giving reality to dreams and the genre-crossing no-rules beat of Copia Doble was its perfect soundtrack. Our Dodge Avenger had an outstanding sound system and every time I hear Copia Doble I am transported back to this place of endless roads, magical landscapes and pure freedom where anything is possible.

Copia Doble feat. Lady Smita at RAW2013 in Copenhagen

Copia Doble feat. Lady Smita at RAW2013 in Copenhagen

Copia Doble Systema at RAW2013 Copenhagen.

Copia Doble Systema at RAW2013 Copenhagen.

Copia Doble Systema at Strøm 2013 festival

Copia Doble Systema at Strøm 2013 festival

Copia Doble Systema at Strøm 2013 festival

Copia Doble Systema at Strøm 2013 festival

Copia Doble Systema at KB18 club

Copia Doble Systema at KB18 club

Alo Wala, DJ Copyflex and Julius Sylvest recording in Red Bull Studios Copenhagen.

Alo Wala, DJ Copyflex and Julius Sylvest recording in Red Bull Studios Copenhagen.


Copia Doble Systema – music and links

Copia Doble Systema feat. Soom T – Fisketorvet Riddim (Milangeles Remix) — One of my favourite tunes

Copia Doble Systema – 14 minute mix from July 2013 — a good introduction to the band’s music

Listen to much more on the Copia Doble Systema Soundcloud.


Ghosts of Repentance

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Ghosts of Repentance is a new story from Guatemala, that I have published on the KAGE Collective website. Click the image or here to read it. The story was made over several fascinating Sunday processions in Antigua during lent. Every Sunday had me clicking away for hours in amazement of the thousands of people participating in the surreal events.
Our KAGE Collective website also has a new design, featuring new portfolios of the 5 members, do check them out. Here’s mine.

Notes from my Journal of Impossible Things – April 2013

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From New Mexico, a random collection of notes and news from the past 6 weeks – from my Journal of Impossible Things. Many things good and bad have happened, not many dull moments in the life of a time-traveler. I cannot seem to get my head around writing anything at the moment. Whenever I try to put letters together they fight me and sentences end distorted not saying what I intend. There is an electrical current running through me blocking the signal. So here are some random sentences and images, hopefully allowing friends and followers to catch up.

FUJI X-Photographer

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Fuji Japan asked me to be one of their official FUJI X-photographers and I am happy and proud to be part of the team. My portfolio features some of my favourite images captured with my two Fuji X-cameras. Also by mistake – mine – it features the same image twice as my brain is scattered – all over the world. I am doing some interesting projects working with Fuji Denmark in Copenhagen soon, this is shaping up to be a great partnership, stay tuned for updates.

Una Pura Verdad II

Daniel Milnor and I were planning to make a followup to our movie Una Pura Verdad in March. Unfortunately the sewer line and plumbing system at Dan’s house decided to implode, taking 13 days to fix, leaving no time at all for us for any filming. It was a great window of opportunity missed, but nothing could be done, es lo que es, Una Pura Verdad II will be made one day, soon or not so soon maybe. Must admit to being terribly disappointed, just bad luck, a broken sewer line does not care about our movie – but I invested time and money and hope in this and it just piled on top of months of badness happening. Some day Una Pura Verdad II will happen. All good things to those who wait. Did I mention I have no patience?

Mad and Magic Raving in New Mexico Part 2

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Charlene Winfred and I just finished a 3 week whirlwind magical Mad And Magic Raving road trip around New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Living life free with no filters, burning brightly, chasing magic and stories at full speed, staring at sunsets, blasted by sandstorms, chilled by snowstorms, fueled by music, magic, madness, laughter and the many incredible people we met along the way. It was truly magical. Kinda hard to stop, want to take off again as I am typing this. A mix of emotions, immense joy and hope, sadness and withdrawal after so much epic magic. Thanks so much C. Words do not really come to me right now, perhaps at a later time. This was just the beginning of the Mad and Magic Raving around the universe. It is amazing to feel the light shining in my mind again after too much darkness. Light, magic, and looking forward to the future.

There will be some forthcoming great content, still and moving, coming at some point from this trip. Oh and I turned 901 years old. Still a young time-traveler, so so much to see, you watch us run and chase magic!

The epic image is my capture of Charlene at Arches National Park in Utah.

Four Times Around the Sun

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One year ago I wrote the story Three Times Around the Sun. In normal Earth human time I am somehow now on year four of time-traveling. How did that ever happen, it seems surreal. Feels like I took off yesterday, feels like I took off four hundred years ago. Experiences, emotions, so many amazing things to saviour, so many terrible things to run from. When I regain some writing mojo look for my upcoming story quite possibly titled … Four Times Around the Sun.

Epic image of me at Monument Valley captured by Charlene.


Bolivia Remembered

Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, December 2011. The camera stares at, grins at me lying on my hostel bed in tropical heat–I shoot angry glares back. The camera has been kicking my butt every day for some weeks and I hate it right now. Despise photography. But I need to pick it up and go create something. Need an outlet. A dark storm hovers in my mind, I am depressed, all purpose seems lost and recent events including a suicide made me fall in a black hole devoid of all light. I walk the world feeling completely disconnected from human life. Despising myself and my existence. As always, light this bright casts some very dark shadows. Despite an abundance of sun light in tropical Santa Cruz I have been in the shadows for days. I like extremes–I seek extremes. Fitting then I guess, that I am in the darkest of moods in the brightest of warm tropical weather.

Get out. Walk. Standing still never worked for me. Must keep moving. Or shadows catch up. Grab the damn camera and walk, walk the streets of this hot, weird and interesting melting pot of a city. Get out of this hostel from hell. Walk, damn legs, walk. A market appears. A gigantic chaotic market bigger than any market I have seen in Asia or anywhere else. A world inside a world. No hiding here. Not a single gringo in sight anywhere. I break out the camera. Channel my darkness into looking, seeing, shooting, making images.

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These are two of my favourite pictures from Bolivia and I like putting them together. They look like one image, almost. The top image is from the street I lived on and an easy image to make. The second image is my favourite from Bolivia, women at the largest market ever in the history of all markets–that I have been to. Filled at least 15 square city blocks. Hard to shoot this image. NO ONE wanted to be part of any photos. Had to steal images as I walked around being the most noticeable person in the entire city.

Memories are funny. These words are written about a year after the images were made. And I want to return to Bolivia. Have been on my mind recently. Calls me back. It is one of the hardest places to work in that I have experienced. I was in a dark, dark place for the 10 days I was there. But it was a very interesting place filled with awesome people and places of contrast and extremes. That’s why I want to return of course. The challenge. And I need the extremes. To create. To feel alive.

BZ Søminen meets Fuji X100

Saturday the 26th of May I halfway stumbled into this demonstration and event called ‘BZ søminen’. In Danish it means basically ‘squatting the abandoned building called Søminen’. The event was very peaceful, colourful and fun to cover. My Fuji X100 did well for this type of documentary reportage job. It was a lovely sunny day, the police was there but chose wisely to remain passive and not escalate the situation into violence, instead allowing the hundreds of people to have a party all night. It felt like a large picnic. The police easily cleared the building Monday morning at 5am where only 11 people remained. This is my story from the day:

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BZ Søminen meets Fuji X100

Saturday the 26th of May I halfway stumbled into this demonstration and event called ‘BZ søminen’. In Danish it means basically ‘squatting the abandoned building called Søminen’. The event was very peaceful, colourful and fun to cover. My Fuji X100 did well for this type of documentary reportage job. It was a lovely sunny day, the police was there but chose wisely to remain passive and not escalate the situation into violence, instead allowing the hundreds of people to have a party all night. It felt like a large picnic. The police easily cleared the building Monday morning at 5am where only 11 people remained. This is my story from the day:

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Fuji X100 tips and a Danish Space Rocket

Having received a few requests for more information on shooting with the Fuji X100 I shall try and list my shooting tips in this post. I will however kick off with something awesomely kick-arse cool: The Danish Space Rocket Heat 1X Tycho Brahe built by Copenhagen Suborbitals. Scheduled for a new launch attempt in just a few days after having failed the first launch last year, fingers crossed this is the time the Danish privately build space rocket ventures into space. Captured with my Fuji X100, and I added the milky way as a slight texture. We are made of star stuff:

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Read on for Fuji X100 tips.


Tips and notes on street photography with the Fuji X100

These tips are mostly for street photography with the Fuji X100. If you are shooting landscapes and other stationary objects where you have much more time, you have less to worry about, less time pressure and might shoot using electronic viewfinder or liveview and on a tripod. Sorry for the chaotic mess of these notes, that is how my mind works.

  • First off we just call it a rangefinder as it looks like one, but it’s NOT a rangefinder so you do not have to learn a manual split image rangefinder focus system (see wikipedia article). It is a traditional digital camera with autofocus.
  • I often shoot in aperture mode, turn the exposure ring to A and manually choose the aperture on the aperture ring on the lens.
  • If you want full auto just put the aperture wheel on A as well.
  • For fully manual, choose your manual exposure speed on the exposure wheel. For street photography the light can change a lot from sunlit to shadowy scenes so aperture mode works well.
  • The metering system in automatic exposure seems quite good, perhaps as most digital cameras erring slightly on overexposure. You may wish to turn the EV compensation wheel to underexpose slightly.
  • The small black fn button on top of camera adjusts the iso. Instead of using the crappy wheel at the back I find it easier to use the little black thumb lever to bump iso up or down.
  • Turn off the fake shutter sound in the menu so you can shoot silent! The great leaf shutter is almost completely silent, why would you add a fake shutter sound, baffling.
  • I have turned off the automatic preview of the captured image in the viewfinder. It is an interesting idea but it gets in the way of shooting and documenting an evolving scene on the streets.
  • I much prefer the hybrid viewfinder, the optical viewfinder with digital overlay. It is super bright and just feels so much better, more connected to the scene in actual rangefinder style.
  • The electronic viewfinder is of course more precise and for Christian Fletcher’s benefit, features a virtual horizon!
  • Be aware that the live histogram does not work, neither in the viewfinder nor on the live view! It always shows perfect exposure no matter what your settings. Bit of a bug there Fuji!
  • The optical viewfinder modes can be switched via the small lever on the front of the camera with the red dot on it. Click this and the viewfinder switches between optical and electronic.  In electronic mode you can switch between different setups with the “disp back” button on the back of the camera (you can switch live histogram on and off, you can switch the virtual horizon on and off)
  • If you want live view on the back just press “view mode” button” and it switches on live view. Again, use the “disp back” key to select modes.
  • Focus. Unfortunately the manual focus sucks. I normally use auto focus, or I use manual focus and trigger the auto focus using the AFL button.
  • Manual focus is an odd slow as a wet week focus-on-wire system, almost impossible to use for precise focus. The focus ring has no markings, rotates forever so to speak. It is possible to use zone-focusing, say shoot at f/8 and set the focus at about 3-4 meters. This does speed up street shooting as you do not have to wait on auto focus. I find however that the focus ring is so easily moved, my long fingers end up accidentally moving the ring as I wander with the camera. Manual focus is unfortunately basically not useable.
  • The camera is slow to come alive so I make sure it never sleeps. I had it on “never turn off” but then I forget to turn it off manually, so I use up the battery in no time. So I set it to 5 minutes wait before sleep, and this means while I shoot it basically never turns off. I press the shutter buttom from time to time to keep it alive as I walk the streets.
  • The lens is awesome, sharp even at f/2 and the sensor is low on noise so you can easily shoot in very dark scenes at f/2 and iso3200.
  • It takes the Fuji a long time to save the image and during this the camera is simply not responding! Highly annoying. Apparently getting a super fast memory card helps a lot so I am getting a Sandisk ExtremePro SDHC UHS-I card (with all those capitalized letters, must be fast and good!)
  • And to quote a Magnum Jedi photographer guru: “shoot the sh*t out of it!”. That is one key to reportage photography.
  • …more to come.

Steve Huff Photo has a very informative review and a good article about overcoming the top 7 complaints.

While not a great image, this next image shows how you can capture street scenes up close with the silent Fuji without people noticing or hearing you and the optical viewfinder means I feel completely connected to the scene and can compose properly.

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All questions or suggestions very welcome.