My name is Alexander Hedloff Østbø and I am a 22 year old student who has been taking photography classes on Danvik International Media Centre in Drammen, Norway.
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I did a 1 year course currently before my girlfriend and I moved in together in her hometown where I spend time cultivating my photography skills.
"Wherever he stood, he stood on holy ground,
nobody can escape from his well.
It's too late when the bells start ringing,
keep the engine running and leave fast."
- Diamant til Kull (Diamond to Coal) by Kaizers Orchestra.
This picture was inspired directly by the universe of a band, very local to where I am from, Kaizers Orchestra. It was my contribution to the school's photo exhibition.
from drammen to paris
People were quite shocked when I proved this wasn't from a Porche commercial.
Taken in Oslo, Norway, I was trying to optimize my settings and by "mistake" took this picture. I am still trying to contact the owner of that Porche up until this day to thank him or her for their perfect timing driving into the tunnel.
beauty of the west
Nature photography is something I have always been fond of. Almost every Christmas Eve since I was a child, at least one calendar for the year to come displaying beautiful scenery of Norwegian nature for each month has been unwrapped from under the Christmas tree. It was like I couldn't wait for the month to pass by so I could look at the next picture. I hope in the near future that I will be able to travel to all these places and take my own pictures of them from a new perspective. Below are some pictures when I visited my girlfriend in the beautiful county of Sogn og Fjordane on the west coast of Norway.
Right after I bought my first camera, a Nikon D3300, I set out to the local golf course laying beside a lake and where I grew up in Stavanger, Norway. These are some of the first pictures I ever took with a DSLR and what really kickstarted my true passion for photography.
back to the future
Kim Nordgård is not only taking actor classes, he is also my roomie! He was so nice accepting my request of using him for a photography project where we were supposed to take both creative and normal portatit pictures of the actor students. I was only going to pick a few of them, but this guy fits the 30-40's style so good, I couldn't leave many pictures out.
we're nearing the end
This school year has really shaped me and given me a lot of opportunities which I have strived to take hold of, and I feel personally that I have succeeded although I wish I could have done a lot more. But you cannot do everything in life, especially not through a single year. There are still few months left here however, so I will have to seize every moment I can to continue getting inspired by my teachers, fellow students and last but not least, the perception of my own eyes.
last but far from least
I could not help but having to show you the pictures I took of my beautiful girlfriend who I met and fell in love with here at my school. She is taking author classes and loves to write. What you see below are pictures from a casual stroll down to Drammen city which takes about 15 minutes to walk from my school.