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Elin R. Evensen
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Standing on the frozen Oslofjord, Norway
I came here twice to take photos. The first day, the weather was rather mild. The ice was melting and water was collecting on top of the ice creating perfect reflections. When I came back the day after, however, it was completely frozen over again due to the bitter wind. 

(Subject is not edited. Ghostly effect is achieved by using long exposure and having the subject in the frame for a limited time.)
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beautiful!
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Ninjas versus hippies...

My little brother in 2014: You dress like a hippie.
My little brother in 2015: You dress like a ninja.

I swear I haven't changed my style (or clothes for that matter) XD
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+The Big Bad Honey Badger Exactly what I thought ;)
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My 12 year-old brother knows how to charm me...

My little brother: I'm so proud of you.
Elin: Why?
My little brother: Because you're so weird and different.
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Elin in a fancy restaurant...

Waiter: (pours wine in glass and waits expectantly)
Elin: (sips wine)
Waiter: ...
Elin: Err... What exactly am I checking?
Waiter: To see if there's anything wrong with the wine.
Elin: If I don't like it? Or if it's off? I hear rumours. No one agrees on the reason.
Waiter: (raises eyebrows and smiles) You taste it to check if it's sour.
Elin: ...oh. Okay. Err--- (silently thinks all wine is sour) I think it's fine?
Waiter: (laughs and pours more wine in glass)
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I think that is a tiny tiny minority of those who send wine out, +Nicolai Imset​. But of course it does happen.
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So I decided to wear skinny jeans, a shirt and a blazer for work one day...

Colleague: Wow. Looking nice, Elin. Very...professional. Such a business woman.
Elin: Thanks. I thought I'd give it a try.
Colleague: That's what I thought.
Elin: (smiles)
Colleague: ...but then I noticed your shoes.
Elin: Oh... (looks down at old, torn converse)
Colleague: Not so professional.
Elin: ...yeah.
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+Josh Blaha Pics or it didn't happen? See, I like that. I've done too much shit. The lack of pics is a good thing ;) :P

+Nicolai Imset / +birger monsen No hat / beanie yet. It's too warm. But in time ;)
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Boys will be boys...

Mum: How's Elin? Is she eating well?
My little brother: I don't know. She's a bit wide across the ass.

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My little brother: (points Nerf Gun at me) I want to shoot your ass because it is so big!

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WTF?! XD
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Just because you have one doesn't mean it is big !
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Yesterday, I posed the below on Facebook. This was my mother's reaction. Mothers will never change, will they? :P

Mum: Elin, I saw your picture just now on Facebook. It almost made me cry. I do not recognise you. You are too thin, little friend.
Elin: Stop being silly. I'm using the same seize in clothes and I weigh the same as before. It's probably just the photo.
mum: But you look so thin! I showed your father the photo where you held the bird. He just shook his head and said you look sick. You have changed so much. Try to eat more. That photo scares me.
Elin: Mum... Relx. I eat plenty. I aim for a 1000 calorie dinner every day!!! And I've eaten way too much chocolate and crisps lately.
Mum: But you must eat more.
Elin: Gah! I'm eating. Besides! Did you even look at the photo? The bird?
Mum: Yes, I saw the bird.
Elin: And?
Mum: And you love animals.
Elin: It's my very first pet! Shouldn't you say anything about that? Are you not surprised? I went to get shoes and I got him.
Mum: Yes, yes. You love animals. You always have. That's not a surprise. What is a surprise is how thin you are.
Elin: Oh, for the love of... I weigh the same!
Mum: You should still eat more. Eat with your bird.
Elin: ...I give up.
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I see a very happy face. And a very trusting New friend. Love and happiness.

Mothers... :-D 
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Do you love this hard?
"I saw that he was dying. All the strength had left him. And I said, 'Moe, what will I do without you?' And he gathered up all the energy he could and he said: 'Take the love you have for me, and spread it around. In love spread around, there beauty is found'."

"And the nights grow cold without you and the world is filled with the anguish of my loneliness and the stars join me in sorrow, while I long without weary to hold you once more in my arms. To embrace you. And kiss you. And love you. All my love."
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I've always wanted to take pictures of people. People intrigue me. The thing is, though, I've never actually dared to. My lack of experience and my inability to plan ahead make me feel self-conscious and awkward. I'm one of those people who make things up as I go along. That works well most of the time, but not always. At least not when doing portrait photography as you need drumroll people.

So here's to another journey! It's time to try something new. Many thanks to the beautiful Kine who didn't mind putting up with an amateur photographer. It was an absolute pleasure (even though you dissed my shorts).
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My little brother: I really want you and Lene [our older sister] to come home at the same time.
Elin: Why?
My little brother: Because you're so different! It would be funny to see you two live in the same house.
Elin: You know we grew up together, right?!
My little brother: It's weird.
Elin: It is, isn't it?
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Siblings... hehe. Gotta love 'em.
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I love meeting new people... You just never know what to expect. Yay for more people to hug!

Woman: Do you want to hang out sometime?
Elin: Yes! Definitely!
Woman: ...despite the fact that I'm old enough to be your grandmother(?)
Elin: Oh, boooo! I'd love to get together. Come visit me! You can meet my bird.
Woman: That would be lovely. And if you fancy a walk in the woods, let me know. I've got the woods right at my doorstep.
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Rain and Promises
When my head hurts, going for walks usually helps. It might not take the ache away, but it can take the thoughts away. If you want to.

It's raining heavily now, accompanied by thunder and lighting. I did what felt most natural for me to do: I unwrapped myself from  the blanket, put on my shoes and went outside.

There weren't many people outside. Just a few. All of them, however, were running or walking fast to get to wherever they were going to; all hiding under umbrellas or hoods. I never understood that. Not these people, as it looked like they were heading home, but you know the ones I mean - people who claim to feel refreshed by walking in the rain, but yet refuse to get wet. They'll get their sailor boots out and get suited and booted in oilskin jackets and trousers. Add a hat, hood or umbrella and they're looking as grand as a soldier (I should add I'm a pacifist and simple just like uniforms). These people will go out into the rain, but not get wet. It baffles me. Surely, if you don't want to get wet, you stay indoors and don't go walking in the rain. Yet they do, and I don't know why.

All I know is that if it rains, I need to feel the rain - even beneath my clothes. What's the point in observing beauty, walking about it, if you cannot feel it?

I walked down towards the kiosk on the corner and got an aubergine sandwich and some orange juice. I had the sandwich heated up, and headed back out into the rain. It was raining more heavily. People ran into the kiosk to wait for the rain to stop. I ran out to encourage it to continue.

Within a minute, my sandwich was not just warm, but soaked. Weird, but rather tasty. Having said that, the combination of aubergine, cheese and orange juice made my mouth smell of vomit. I have no idea how, but it did. So there I was, enjoying the rain, trying to merge with mother nature, while smelling vomit.

Truth be told, I kind of liked that. Not the smell, but how poetic it really was. No beautiful experience is perfect. Books and films make us forget that. They make us believe in pretty pictures without flaws. But I know better. I know the beauty of flaws and that ugly realism makes everything all the more beautiful.

I continued my walk through the park. Not only was it dead, but it was dark. Small streams ran down the paths, tickling my feet. By this time, my shoes and hoodie were wet. I wanted to cut through the park and lie down on the grassy football field on the other side, but it was closed off for some reason. I tried looking around to see if I could spot any people, but everything was blurry. I cursed myself then for not putting on my contact lenses today. It would be fun to break through the fence and see what was on the other side.

I did, however, see a silhouette of a body near the building next to the fence. It wasn't moving, though, so I wasn't sure if it was a person or one of those lifeseize cardboard cutouts. I walked up and down the fence to see if the silhouette moved, but it didn't. I should also point out that I couldn't see a head on the "person". But like I said before, I wasn't wearing my contact lenses, so everything in the distance was blurry anyway. I contemplated just going for it, just quietly slipping through the fence, but abandoned the idea as soon as I remembered I work for the company who most likely do the security around the place. So I turned around and walked away. 20 meters down the path, I turned back to see if the silhouette was still there. It was, but it had moved. I guess it was a real person after all. That, or ghosts are real. Either works for me.

I walked down past the nursery and eventually ended up on the main road. The rain had been going on for a good 30 minutes by then. Roads had turned into rivers, ankle deep. It was as if the water was living a second life; a third even. The first, as vapour up in the atmosphere. The second, in the air, when the clouds decide to let go. And the third, on the ground, as rivers - flowing purposely towards the unknown; fierce and strong, cleansing everything on its way. Even me.

So there, in the middle of the road, feet under water, every fabric on me soaked, hair drenched, I reached out my arms, tiled my head backwards and let the rain cleanse me. Normally, I'd close my eyes, but not this time. I wanted to stare the rain in the eye, and by doing so, the rain even cleansed by eyes. I had to blink hard every 5 second or so to squeeze the water out of my eyes. Out goes the old, in comes the new. And with that, I re-made an old promise.

You see, the last time I spoke to her, I made her a promise... Some promises aren't just made to be kept; they are made for a whole lifetime. I am going to keep mine. Throughout this roller-coaster of a life, through my darkest days, no matter how bad it gets; I will push on, grow stronger and be the rock I promised you to be.

I am going to look after your precious girl and keep her safe. I will teach her everything you wanted to teach her.

You don't need to worry any more.

You can rest now.
You can sleep.
I love you.

Thank you for the memories, Nora <3
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This is really moving.
And I just love the way you write.
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    BA (Hons) Creative Writing, 2007 - 2010
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Quotes by my little brother. Quotes from my favourite books. Personal photography.
Introduction
I believe a person has no limits, and that we can be whatever we want to be. This attitude, however, has earned me a lot of strange looks (especially from recruitment consultants).

I find it hard putting myself into one box, claiming "this is who I am and this is what I do". Why? Because those limits are non-existent. They're made by people for people to supposedly make life easier.

But I don't see it that way.

I've always enjoyed learning and I crave accomplishing something new - something to feel proud of. To do something that I (or anyone else for that matter) thought I could never do.

The way I see it - life is something to enjoy, but it should also challenge you. I happily accept :)
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Half Norwegian. Half Filipino. I'm so proud of my heritage.
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Oslo
Previously
Cork - Colchester - Tromsø - Finnsnes
I love art. And I love places that embrace art. It's about daring to be different - it's about standing out from the crowd and making something unique. I'm usually not much of a hotel person. But the hotel I stayed at earlier this week, was a hotel I really wouldn't mind visiting again. It's called Comfort Hotel Square and is located in the city centre of Stavanger in Norway. The hotel had a minimalistic urban style. Graffiti everywhere and funky paintings and prints. The lobby was gorgeous and so were the hotel rooms. My room had a very similar style to what I've been looking for in flats for years!Simple, gray concrete walls with marks and holes; dark brown furniture and warm yellow cupboard doors; red, brown and white textiles; heavy brown curtains framing big windows as low as the floor; deep window-sills you can sit in; a big, soft bed; massive artwork above the head of the bed; sliding doors of foggy glass to the bathroom - which has rectangular dark brown and cream tiles, many massive mirrors and a sandy brown rectangular sink! WANT!
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Gorgeous pub in Oslo. Has a fantastic feel and atmosphere. Half of the pub is dark and looks like an old factory, while the other half has white bookshelves with books and looks more like a cafe/library combo. ...the wine wasn't too bad either ;) Just lovely <3
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