In June 2014, I will be celebrating my second year as a resident of Gothenburg, Sweden. It’s been quite a journey and not always an easy one. Because, by nature, I am a bit shy and a bit of an introvert, it took an awful lot of courage to not only make the move to a new country, but to continue to pursue my passion for street photography. Swedes, also by nature, are quite shy and very private individuals. I wasn’t sure how they would react to this American photographer sticking her camera in their faces. Somehow it always turned out fine and by happy circumstances, it was a often a Swede that encouraged me to have no fear and carry on.
By no means a technically proficient photograph, this one means a lot to me. One of the first images I took out on the street of Vasagatan, this young lady, gave me thumbs up and a big smile. It encouraged me to keep doing what I what I was doing and to disregard any trepidations I might feel as a new photographer in Göteborg.
Gothenburg is a music city … particularly heavy metal. Not necessarily my preferred musical genre, but the musicians and artists I meet on the street are always happy to chat or pose for a photo. Vasaparken, Göteborg
Sweden is perhaps one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world … I think topped only by Finland. Here fika, (a social coffee break accompanied by a pastry) is a big part of the culture and one which I whole heartedly support.
Too pretty for words, I attempted to capture this young lady’s photo unseen. She caught me, flashed me this gregarious smile and it just made my day. Another example of the warm spirit of the people of Gothenburg.
Every Which Way. Nils Ericson Terminalen, Göteborg, Sweden
The recent opening of Gothenburg’s New City Library or Göteborgs nya stadsbibliotek. The building was under renovation for two years and recently opened with a five day celebration on April 23, 2014. Truly this might just be my new home away from home.
Next in line. In Sweden there is always a queue. Take a number and wait your turn at any official place of business, the department store, the library, and of course, at the deli. It’s all very orderly and civilized. Stora Salluhallen, Göteborg, Sweden
The Conversation. Stora Salluhallen, Göteborg, Sweden
Keep a Look-Out. At my favorite coffee shop, Da Matteo. It is said that they are one of the five best coffee houses in the world. I believe it. !!!
All Photographs Are © Lisa Mikulski
Lisa Mikulski Photographer Bio
Lisa Mikulski is a US born writer and photographer presently living in Gothenburg Sweden. Her articles and photographic work has appeared in Nordstjernan (Swedish News in America) – NYC, The Local – Sweden, Spoon – It’s a Content Agency (Globetrotter – Volvo), Artscope Magazine – Boston, The New Haven Arts Paper – Connecticut, and INK Publications – Connecticut. In the United States, her fine art photography was represented by Venetucci Fine Art Gallery and was published in The Hartford Business Journal – The Hartford Book.
Lisa endeavors to capture the emotions and stories of people via both the written word and in her
photographic imagery. “I love creating something, especially with street photography, where a picture can capture emotions that some people aren’t even aware that they have. I attempt at visually starting a story and then letting the viewer wonder about the ending.”