The Apprehensible Portrait

The Unimaginable Portrait. Photo: Jan Ivar Vik

They say no one likes less to be photographed than the photographer. After all, they know what looks good and not. That might be the reason there are so few good portraits of me, as I seldom like to be photographed, and am too conscious about all the rubbish rolling of the conveyor belts of the cameras of friends, students, family and every other photographer who bothers pressing the button for the case of me. Just do a Facebook search, and you know what I mean.

Enjoying it or not, everyone needs a picture to tell their story, and the same applies to me. Luckily I know one of the best young portrait photographers around. I enjoyed a nice couple of hours with Jan Ivar at Hå gamle prestegård just to talk about photography and enjoy the Jæren winter landscapes. Unfortunately Jæren wasn’t photographable, but I was – or at least Jan Ivar thought so. So while having the chance to catch up on photo gossip, he burned a gigabyte of images, and being the serious and clever guy that he is, a few hours these images landed in my mailbox. And you know what: I think Jan Ivar managed to do the unmanagable. To photograph some nice portraits of me that I can use where such images are used. this doesn’t prove that I enjoy being photographed, nor that I am very photographable. But it proves that Jan Ivar is a very talented photographer, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for someone to graph them.

Now my question is: Which one do you prefer? Do the PollDaddy thing and tell us.



And to Jan Ivar: Thanks a lot! I’m looking forward to working with you in the future.

5 replies
  1. Anne
    Anne says:

    Tusen takk for hyggelig i kommentar i bloggen min Geir, og nå skjønner jeg 🙂 du er brutter`n du, til helten min!! Hærlig å hilse på deg også. Anne.

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    • Geir
      Geir says:

      Ståle og jeg er ikke snytt ut av samme nesebor, men det er ikke langt i fra, Anne. Hyggelig at du har Ståle som helt, han er faktisk ikke så verst, så det fortjener han!

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  2. Marcie
    Marcie says:

    These are wonderful! You look very relaxed and happy in front of the camera. And – I know exactly what you mean about photographers not wanting to be photographed. I’m guilty as charged!!!!

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    • Geir
      Geir says:

      It’s very interesting to see different responses to these images. Some people say I look frozen and stiff, and not like me at all. Others think they’re very good. I don’t know what to believe, but because you’ve got such a good eye for the good image, I think I’ll stick to your version;-)

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