506 Photos - Jul 17, 2011
Photo: Dissolution IV
So, I promise this is the last bodysnatcher tonight. Will post a flower tomorrow to even things out a bit ;-)Photo: Creeping insanity of winter darknessPhoto: Photo: From the heart you can touch the skyPhoto: The waterlinePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: 6 weeks of summer holiday ends. Going back to work and school tomorrow. My son is pretty excited about starting in a new school, and I'm just excited about continuing doing what I've always been doing :-)Photo: Photo: You never truly know someone until you've walked a mile in his shoes (from Edges of Artistry)Photo: Dissolution
Wasn't satisfied with the first upload. This is the final one :-)Photo: A light on the darkest of roads to followPhoto: Just checkingPhoto: Just another day at the office. Time to make dinner now. Sweet portraits tomorrow. ;-)Photo: Spent the afternoon in the studio. 900 shots with 2 very active kids. Now I need a cup of coffee! :-)Photo: Some more moods for the holidays ;-)Photo: Photo: From "Edges of Artistry"Photo: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
Psssst - Don't tell the kids!Photo: Photo: Photo: Uh - it's getting closer now. Maybe I should get out of the studio and buy some presents soon...Photo: Photo: Gaia
#postapocalypticworld curated by +Mathew Hanley Photo: More playing around with lights today - and boyish adventures in the dark :-)Photo: Thoughts and ShadowsPhoto: Got a new drill driver the other day to replace my old Bosch, that has now gone to the eternal drilling fields. Now I just need something useful to do with it ;-)Photo: The days where things just don't work outPhoto: NC-17Photo: I do a lot of clothing for design companies at the moment. Both outdoor and indoor photos. I like the minimalistic ones. Fortunately so do the clients :-)Photo: Dissolution III
Sorry about the rather sinister mood tonight, but...Photo: Modern mediaPhoto: Even little wizards can be amazedPhoto: ...and suddenly autumn is here for sure!Photo: Silent colours of autumn.Photo: One of this week's shots for a fashion companyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Reflections in the NightPhoto: TidingsPhoto: Hide - and seekPhoto: Photo: Blue Planet closeupPhoto: The Sky Is The LimitPhoto: Field WorkPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The difference between the girl models and the boy models:
Me: "Please step out into the water"
Girl: "Oh no, it will ruin the shoes, the dress, the hair - and it's cold"
Boy: "Can I? Really? How far?"
A true story ;-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Got 2 sets of the new Cactus v5 wireless flash transceiver a couple of days ago. Took them out for a test drive today, and they work really fine. Larger than the v4 series, but definitely both more versatile and solid built. I think I will get some more sets and use them in the studio too, and retire my old system.Photo: To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.Photo: Photo: Photo: ADD I - and no, this one is not for you +Lars Fosdal (yet)Photo: Photo: ADHD IPhoto: Happy hacking ... or somethingPhoto: Finally - Asperger Syndrome - from "Issues". Thanks to everyone helping out.Photo: Photo: Photo: I love the imaginary world of the dark forests. This is where stories are born, fairies come alive and monsters lurk behind the trees.Photo: One flower can make a field in your heartPhoto: Photo: Without hope you can never despairPhoto: Photo: Say "cheese"Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: C'mon, bite me!Photo: Someone to be afraid ofPhoto: Photo: BecomingPhoto: Activity for rainy daysPhoto: Photo: Paths are made by walkingPhoto: Photo: Probably one of the most universal beach activities :-)Photo: Photo: It was supposed to be a quiet day on the beach, but... no!Photo: Photo: When night fallsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Look what I've made!Photo: Before you conquer the universe, you must know your way homePhoto: Photo: How Rainbows Are BornPhoto: Photo: The best time of year to do one's homework outside :-)Photo: “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” (Pablo Picasso)Photo: I like infinite and indeterminate spacesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide (from Edges of Artistry)Photo: Dissolution V
Okay, I forgot about the flower I promised ...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Infinite Summer DreamsPhoto: Photo: Love. Floating in the wind. Floating in the dream. Gone in a second.Photo: Photo: Forces of modern technology - or "Enslaved by Google+" ;-)Photo: Photo: Haven't done any "isolated on white" stock photography for a very long time - mostly because I think such photos are boring. Yet they are still very popular items to buy. The last years I have only used the technique for "almost isolated on white" B/W portraits. But sometimes it's good to take things back to basics and practice how it should be done. So today's model had to be patient while I was adjusting 7 light sources over and over again...Photo: Spending most of my vacation getting used to Lightroom - a great excuse to avoid doing the garden ;-) I like Lightroom more and more. A lot of interface details that are really convenient compared to my old workflow, and the layout and defaults are now adjusted to suit my needs. Still a lot of work to do with presets though, but fortunately I have plenty of old photos to experiment with so I can get everything back on track :-)Photo: Photo: Photo: SummerPhoto: There's nothing like the light in the forest when the sun is setting.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: “The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.”Photo: Photo: Dark and rainy daysPhoto: Photo: Photo: A little late for friday the 13th, but the coroner was off ...Photo: Grounded
I like to work with themes in some periods. Then I try to illustrate the same concept in many different ways. That's why my archive contains a lot of closely related photos. Right now the theme is "grounding" (the punishment). This is the first try.Photo: Many of my photos are about violence, abuse, unhappy childhoods, suicide and mental illness. A niche area of the stock photo business certainly, but still photos that are needed for many articles, websites, books etc around the world. But my website gets a lot of visits that aren't clients looking for photos to buy. Every single day I receive emails from people that want to thank me and want to tell me their story. Sometimes stories so sad, that it's really difficult for me to write a proper reply. But it reminds me every day that even though I don't make happy, generic stock photos, I haven't gone completely insane and lost contact with Earth. I still depict a part of reality,Photo: Photo: Dark hoursPhoto: The secret to a magical life lies beneath your hat.Photo: When night fallsPhoto: Photo: Dissolution VIPhoto: Think it's time to go to Blockbuster and rent some movies for the night...Photo: So - finally going to watch Melancholia by Lars von Trier - a great danish filmmaker in case you don't know him by name. Now where did the red wine go... Will be back in a couple of hours :-)Photo: The colours live
Between black and white
In a land that we
Know best by sight.
But knowing best
Isn’t everything
For colours dance
And colours sing
And colours laugh
And colours cry
Turn off the light
And colours die,
And they make you feel
Every feeling there is
From the grumpiest grump
To the fizziest fizz.
And you and you and I
Know well
Each has a taste
And each has a smell
And each has a wonderful
Story to tell.
(Mary O’Neill)Photo: By flesh a man - in heart a clownPhoto: From Edges of ArtistryPhoto: Secret treasures of the loftPhoto: Photo: TemptationsPhoto: TemptationsPhoto: AtmospherePhoto: Yeah yeah I know - it looks like summer, but right now it's so cold that even the penguins have gone to bed.Photo: I really need to split this album into smaller ones very soon. Have to figure out how to group the photos... :-/Photo: Just spent another night at the studio rehearsing facial expressions with models. And now preparing for a trip to Copenhagen for a few days. Hope to get some good night photos of the city - and maybe a (daylight) photo of our queen who is celebrating her 40 years anniversary as a monarch.
Unfortunately the temperature will drop below zero again this weekend, so no need to bring sun tan lotion this time... :-(Photo: Photo: You are still welcome to join me on http://www.facebook.com/jhandersen where I share other photos and stories.Photo: Photo: Photo: "Eat your vegetables, boy!"Photo: Pure nature ... and NOW I go to sleep. I promise!Photo: The selection from "Lethal Neighbourhood"
The winner of last weeks print give-away +eleisa barbour selected this photo for her 16"x24" print. As this is a brand new photo from my studio it will not only be signed, but also numbered with 001.Photo: Keeping teenagers, programmers and photographers alive.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I promise that this will be the last christmas photo for 2011 ;-)Photo: Some schools in Scandinavia have now banned certain christmas traditions. Like christmas hats...Photo: Photo: Attitude. Most likely the "No more advent gifts for you, my friend"-face ;-)Photo: PixiePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Before the week is over I might even like Lightroom :-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Family vacation

(please make comments on the photo, so I can check, if this is the solution to the double-post problem)Photo: Photo: Edible nature (maybe)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The "follower count" is a strange thing. It can stagnate for a couple of weeks, like now where I wonder if it was something I said ;-) And then it suddenly skyrockets with a couple of thousands within a few days, and then it stops again. Without any obvious connection to what I do. It has been like that all the time here in G+. Surely a strange place...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: OutpostPhoto: Strange little creaturesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I will forgive you and reach you, with the needles pulled from my heartPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Selected workPhoto: Happy New Year
2011 is coming to an end. After this amazing first half year on G+ I would like to wish all of you and your families a Wonderful and Happy New Year. I hope and expect that 2012 will be just as exciting as 2011.
All the best - JanPhoto: Photo: Photo: Exhaled Beauty (from "Lethal Neighbourhood")Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It happens that all this christmas shopping makes me (and my wallet) feel like this.Photo: Photo: Photoshelter makeover
I use Photoshelter to show and license my images. It's easy, it runs very well and I like it. When I added Creative Commons licenses to most of my images I had to face the problem, that Photoshelter don't allow anonymous download of full resolution images. So users had to buy the images - for 0 dollars - for their Creative Commons usage. That's not really that user friendly and will scare off many people that don't read detailed instructions on how to get the images.

So right now I'm working on a complete makeover of my Photoshelter site so that all images will have download links pointing to another image archive placed on one of my other webservers - and making sure that this webserver is also automatically updated with new and altered images and metadata from my local storage. Quite annoying to have to go through all that trouble to solve something that should be so easy :-(Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Selected workPhoto: From the Aquaphobia collectionPhoto: Photo: Photo: A boy would die for a blue balloonPhoto: Photo: This is what I'm doing today - lying in bed not feeling well. Fortunately my mouse-trigger-finger is unharmed, so I can take a look at G+ now and then :-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: "There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy."Photo: Photo: Photo: Selected workPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Selected workPhoto: Photo: Photo: StrugglesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Selected workPhoto: In the land of daydreamsPhoto: Photo: Photo: I like military artifacts - especially items of communist and fascist origin. Not that there's a communist or fascist hidden within - although some would consider being a scoutleader is close ;-)
I more or less collect such stuff, especially items designed for the head. A new East German cap was added to the collection today (not the one on the picture). Good thing the mailman doesn't know how many communist and nazi hats, caps, helmets and masks he has brought to this address ...
If you have any such items for sale, don't hesitate to contact me.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: MagicPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I forgot to mention FLAT. Denmark is flat, not only most of the year but the entire year. Our most popular almost highest point is 147 meters above the water. We call it Sky Mountain (Himmelbjerget in danish) ;-)

The actual highest point is 171 meters above the water.

Oh - and BTW - there's nothing wrong with the camera below. It's a long handheld exposure, but go to +Chris Friel to see more like that. He is WAY better at that kind of stuff.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Now and then you just want 5 seconds of silence...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Contemporary faces of social anxiety (from "Singularity")Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: ContemplationPhoto: Photo: This is how my task list feels like now and then. More now than then...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Growing upPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Officially American
Due to a registration error at a photo agency I'm now an american tax payer according to documents received today from the IRS.
So - where can I vote for the next president? ;-)Photo: Photo: Finished cleaning the studio
- organizing the prop storage, sorting clothes in the model dressing room, assembling new furniture, refilling the makeup department and throwing out several truck loads of garbage. And it only took something like 3 days to complete... The studio is ready for another season :-)

And I'm ready for a trip to the UK!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: This part of making a cake - and in my opinion the most important part - is never mentioned in the recipe.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Portrait of dissatisfied young boy with large butterflyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: FallenPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: As much as I hate removing snow from my sidewalk, just as much do I love the bright even light it gives. Brilliant for outdoor photography :-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Teenage boy smiling and resting his head on the pillowPhoto: Photo: Photo: Young boy playing with a laptop on the grass outsidePhoto: Answers of Existence - Full EditionPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: DeterminationPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: With a studio in the countryside this is how it looks outside my windows right now (the photo is from a previous year though). My studio has always been out here and I love it. So many great opportunities to do photography outside.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I have been retouching photos for 24 hours straight now, so it might be time for some coffee ...Photo: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: "Take two aspirin" and "Keep away from children"Photo: Painful workoutPhoto: Photo: Portrait of scared and screaming young boyPhoto: Boy having a foot bath with rubber duck floating in the tubPhoto: Portrait of tormented young boyPhoto: Photo: Doing my favorite late night activity (no no, don't worry, just read on...): Searching ebay for props and old stuff. I'm sure the mailman is wondering why I receive so many small packages with brown wrapping and duct tape.
Looking for old suitcases at the moment. For some reason the UK is loaded with the kind of old vintage suitcases that I want, but no one seems to be willing to ship them across the north sea. Hmfr!Photo: If you wish to be loved, love!Photo: Don't ever tellPhoto: Photo: Days of heavy bootsPhoto: Photo: The haters of the world
Last night I received so many wonderful comments - especially to my London photos. Thank you all very much for that.
What I don't understand is why I for every 99 beautiful comments I receive, I get 1 ugly one. Suggestions that I should go f*** myself or that it would be better if I drowned myself in River Thames. What is the purpose? There must be some people out there that have had a brutal and troubled childhood. I feel sad for you. You need to get some help to see the real beauty of life. Not least on Easter Day. Take a walk, smile and say something nice to the people in the park. Your day will get a lot better.Photo: Photo: Serious looking boy with freckles on his facePhoto: Dressed in shirt and a colourful butterflyPhoto: Boy about to sneeze covering his nose and mouth with his handsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Silent criesPhoto: Troubled and thoughtful young boy alone in the darkPhoto: Troubled and thoughtful young boy alone in the darkPhoto: Photo: Only when I dream can I bePhoto: Obstructed RealityPhoto: Photo: Selected workPhoto: Photo: Photo: The curse of folly and ignorance (from Lethal Neighbourhood)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Just sent the boy to bed. He had many excuses why not to brush his teeth. I don't understand why it's such a big deal...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The use of Ritalin drugs to treat ADHD among children and teenagers has increased by 1400 percent in a decade in Denmark. That's outrageous. Something is terribly wrong with the way we treat our children :-(Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Domestic trouble
This is one of the shots, where I missed the focus in the eyes completely - yes, that certainly happens to me too (but please don't tell anyone..) But this was the shot with exactly the expression that I wanted. I tried to recreate it - with correct focus - over and over and over again with dozens of shots, but I never got the same expression that stirred that emotion in me that I wanted. So finally I just decided to reconstruct the eyes from one of the sharp shots, which is certainly not how I usually work. But if it works, it works...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: If I had to come up with a title for every photo of mine most of them would probably include the word "solitude". This one is no exception.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Growing upPhoto: I could try to write something intelligent here about the small joys of life, snacks or whatever comes to mind, but I ran out of coffee, it's late and I'd better not to...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Oh - finally it seems like the upload-to-album-and-post function is working again. Excellent. Except that the photos shown in the post-editing is squeezed vertically, but that's a minor detail that will probably be fixed soon.Photo: Photo: “The fiercest quarrels do not always argue the greatest offenses”Photo: Photo: Lurking ShadowsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Pfffft...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Do you know the feeling that you think a photo is done, and then you upload it, just to find out, that it's actually not right there yet? Well, NOW I think it's done.Photo: Mysterious moments of imaginative mindsPhoto: Photo: After 626 photos of hitting and kicking each other, they were still good friends. Now that's friendship ;-)Photo: Oh - it's sunday tomorrow. Don't have to go to bed just now...