Sunday, April 15, 2012

Into The Sea: Denmark's Winter Swimmers

They do it for the water, the birds, the sea and the sunrise. When Denmark's water temperature dips below freezing they submerge. Winter sea swimming has been a longstanding Danish tradition believed by some to make the body stronger and less susceptible to sickness. 

I have been photographing a group of elderly winter swimmers who drop their bathrobes to go into the sea every morning. The group has been swimming together for over 10 years. Many of the members go without their spouses and have created long standing relationships with each other based on trust. 

"If you miss it you feel like there's something you haven't got"

A bird flies over the swimming dock in Risskov, Denmark.

Jytte Lauridsen's bathrobe blows in the wind as she prepares to swim in the sea.

Helga Bjorneker and Henning Jensen disrobe on the dock in Risskov, Denmark.

Helga Bjorneker swims in the winter sea before sunrise.

Mariann Kristoffersen stands on the dock after swimming. The tradition is believed to be healthy for blood circulation in the body.

The sea foam reaches the shore in Risskov, Denmark.

Hans Henning Jorgensen floats in the sea in Risskov, Denmark.

Helga Bjorneker and Henning Jensen walk away from the sea to warm up with the rest of the winter swimmers. The swimmers have a rule that they must never go alone.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Journey to España

I spent the last two weeks traveling through Spain for my spring vacation abroad. I started in Barcelona and traveled south through Sitges, Madrid, Toledo and Cordoba. I was lucky enough to get to experience Semana Santa, holy week, Easter precessions in Cordoba and Toledo and a Passover sedar in Madrid.

A view of Barcelona atop Gaudi's Palau Guell.

Handmade espadrilles at La Manuel Alpargatera.

Semana Santa precession in Cordoba, Spain.

Market in Madrid.

Taylor Vorthermes at the Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

Semana Santa precessions in Toledo, Spain.

A goodbye at the beach in Sitges, Spain.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Here are a few photos from an assignment with the Danish School of Media and Journalism's magazine CITAT. I photographed Kin-Ball, a sport that involves a giant inflatable ball and a lot of ducking (especially on my part). I chose to photograph the feature side of the sport using direct flash. 

Kim Vigeholm

Thomas Petersen

Linda Pedersen and Kim Vigeholm

Anders Christiansen

Thomas Petersen and Amalie Esberg

Kim Vigeholm