As August began we left our country house on the east coast and headed west. Brief stops at friends, our home in Stockholm and the in laws eventually lead us to the west coast.
Heading out to sea we arrived at our destination for the next week or so – the westernmost point of Sweden, a small group of islands – Väderöarna (lit. The Weather Islands). A few small houses and a weather lookout make up the islands only settlement.
It’s quite a place – a harsh and exposed environment. Aside from a few sheltered crevices the islands are barren. The light is regularly breathtaking, especially as the sun is rising or setting. It’s often hard to stop shooting.
My wife’s spent summers here since she was young. I’ve been here half a dozen times by now, but am amazed by the place upon every visit.
This stay was even more special as we also celebrated our daughters first birthday. I can’t belive how fast this year’s gone by.
The islands also made it clear why they carry the name that they do. While the skies were fairly clear, hard winds and resulting rough seas kept everyone on the island stranded for a few days. Fortunately we had more than enough supplies to last. It’s odd for a city dweller to feel so governed by the weather.
Back on land we spent a night and a rainy day in the town of Lysekil. A night at a nice hotel & with a visit to an aquatic museum.
Heading towards Stockholm we took a ferry in pouring rain. I felt compelled to shoot a few frames in the subdued atmosphere and stepped out of our car. Funny thing is so did one other person on the ferry – also carrying a film Leica. What are the odds right? Great minds think alike I guess.
Home again we spent our days trying to make the most of the last few weeks of summer. Hanging out outdoors & with friends. By the end of the month, hints of autumn are in the air.
As for gear I used pretty much the same setup as in July (only the 50 is swapped): Leica M4-P, Voigtländer 25/4, ZM 50/2 Planar and the Olympus XA. I even wrote a short article on my other site about what I’ve had in my bag for summer.
With that, this is August.
Shot on the Leica M4-P & the Olympus XA using Kodak Portra 400 or Fuji Superia 400. Everything was developed by Team Framkallning and scanned by me on the Plustek 8200i.