A Workshop Tour of Europe: Sweden

Sweden is a country that I honestly did not know what to expect from. I hadn’t ever studied Sweden much growing up, and about the only thing I knew about it was that my favorite candy apparently came from there (Swedish Fish, amiright?) and that I dated a Swede once. Other than that, nada.

Joel and I arrived in the country just after nightfall, and we were both too tired to think straight. We were staying in an Airbnb that we didn’t really know how to get to, and neither of us had phone service to call the hostess. Stress and exhaustion put us both under a dark cloud as we waited outside the train station in the rain, but eventually we found a way to get ahold of our hostess and she led us to our place.

IMG_2172Edit IMG_2176Edit IMG_2177Edit

The next day, we met up with some loyal followers of Joel’s photography, Frank Eickhoff and his 17-year-old daughter Maeva. They had planned to show us a really awesome place in the Swedish countryside, an abandoned 17th century mine that not many people knew about. Of course, we were more than excited to go. We drove for several hours out into the country, talking all the way about photography, life, and inspiration.

IMG_2181Edit IMG_2182Edit IMG_2185Edit

We finally arrived at the entrance to the cave, and strapped on our headlamps. Below is a cell phone image of Joel walking across the creaky, muddy boards into the pitch black tunnel. (We were a little nervous about where our new friends had taken us haha…)


IMG_2195Edit IMG_2214Edit

Needless to say, what we found inside took our breaths away. It was the most incredible place I had ever seen, and Joel and I probably stood there with our mouths hanging open for a good 10 minutes. The mine was overgrown with moss, stretching up from ground to sky, and there were long boards of wood laid across pools of endlessly deep water. I felt like I had stepped into the mine from Lord of the Rings, and I referred to this place as the “Mines of Moria” from that point on.

Of course I had to have pretty Maeva model for me a little bit in this breathtaking place, and she did a perfect job.

IMG_2273Edit  IMG_2270EditIMG_2292Edit

I also couldn’t resist taking some self-portraits here as well.

IMG_2312Edit IMG_2326Edit IMG_2341Edit IMG_2356Edit  IMG_2370Edit IMG_2369EditIMG_2391Edit IMG_2408Edit  IMG_2411Edit IMG_2425Edit IMG_2438Edit In A Cave Edit MinesOfMoria

I really cannot even begin to describe how incredible that place was. It seriously felt like a scene out of a movie, and we explored all afternoon, playing with smokebombs, candles, and light–blasting LOTR music the whole time. I’ll never forget it.

The next day, we had our workshop at Hagaparken in Stockholm! We were really excited because there was a giant circus tent in the middle of the park that we were dying to shoot with. It was the best location for the workshop, and we had so much fun teaching and shooting with the students that day! We had an awesome turnout, and everyone was best of friends by the end of the day.

IMG_2645EditIMG_2472 IMG_2474 IMG_2518 IMG_2534

You can see Joel’s final image from this shoot here.

IMG_2541 IMG_2542 IMG_2574 IMG_2583 IMG_2594 IMG_2645 IMG_2722IMG_2731 IMG_2768 IMG_2795 IMG_2840

Beeeestest friend/teaching partner/biggest inspiration/annoying older brother/best human


(Photo by Christina Ramos)

Sweden Workshop

IMG_2874 IMG_2881 IMG_2924 IMG_2925

On our last day in Sweden, Joel and I decided to venture into Stockholm to explore a little bit before we caught our train to the airport. We were told about the old town of Stockholm, called Gamla Stan, and we were eager to see it. We dragged our suitcases and all our belongings around the cobbled streets for the better part of an hour, loving every beautiful alleyway and shop we went inside. It was the perfect place to end our time in Sweden, and I’m glad we took the time to see more of this beautiful, historic city.

IMG_2946Edit IMG_2947Edit IMG_2951Edit IMG_2955Edit IMG_2958Edit IMG_2967Edit IMG_2970Edit IMG_2973Edit IMG_2974Edit IMG_2980Edit IMG_2982Edit IMG_2985Edit IMG_2999Edit IMG_3004Edit IMG_3008Edit IMG_3011Edit IMG_3015Edit

Joel and I had been trying to figure out in the days leading up to Sweden where we would go between our workshops in Stockholm and Berlin, and we had decided on Amsterdam! He had been once before during the FIFA World Cup Tour, but I had never been. I’d been eager to see the city for yeeeeeaaars, so as soon as Joel suggested it, I jumped at the idea.

So, giving Stockholm a last wave goodbye, we turned our eyes in the direction of Holland, and on to our next stop on this European tour! Keep an eye on this page for my next post about our time in the city of bicycles, coming soon. 🙂

One thought on “A Workshop Tour of Europe: Sweden

  1. I Love this report!!! Not only, because we participate on that journey. It was even for me and Maeva one of the best days of our lifes!. I love this location so much that i travel to it at least 4 times a year. Sometimes with a model, and sometimes all alone just to breathe this historical air inside that mine. Thanks for sharing this beautyfull post and the amazing pictures. // Frank E.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: