Author: Matthew James Harrison

Copenhagen to Crete, Part Two: An Aggro-Blogging experience

Long Days and Pleasant Nights At a height of 848m above sea level, Father Andreas’ Shepherd’s Shelter – known locally as a Mitato -sits on the slopes of Crete’s highest point, Mount Ida. Getting there with a hangover was not fun, and my drinking companions from the night before were feeling similarly delicate.   As […]

From Copenhagen to Crete

Why a late-November trip to the Greek island was just what the doctor ordered The first time I ever tried Greek cuisine – it was goat’s cheese I remember – I had a thumping headache. I was about ten-years-old and my primary school class were doing a project on Ancient Greece, so we were very […]

Danish Imports: The Opera Singer

We’ve come to the end of our revisit to the Danish Imports exhibition, and today we’re finishing off with somebody who I’m very fond of. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these interviews and the images that accompany them. A lot of love and time went in to the planning of the exhibition itself, and there […]

Danish Imports: The Freaks

“I won’t tell you the name I was born with, because what’s a name, anyway?” These are the words of wisdom from the polite, baratone vocals of the tattooed gentleman that is Enigma. Covered from head to toe in jigsaw puzzle tattoos and sporting a pair of silicone horns to boot, Enigma and freak show […]

Danish Imports: The Neuropsychologist

Grasia Maria Banegas initially moved to Denmark from Honduras in Central America as a volunteer for MS (Action Aid Denmark), to join an educational program called Global Change, where she trained to become a campaigner and youth facilitator.  Coming from one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world, Grasia fell in love […]

Danish Imports: The Psychologist and her son

Due to some technical issues we’re running a little behind here, so let’s get back on track with our Danish Imports exhibition from last year’s photo exhibition. Today we take a look at the life of Chilean Psychologist Paula and her son. Paula Cavada gives multiple reasons for moving from Chile in South America to […]

DO IT FOR MOM (Do it for Denmark)

It’s highly unlikely that you’ve missed this one, but if you’re reading this from outside Denmark then you might want to read on. This is the new tagline for a funny commercial that came out recently in Danish media. It’s a video that starts off with an older lady looking sad because she really wants […]

To refugee or not to refugee, that is the question

Today I wanted to open up the floor to a close personal friend of mine and fellow expat, Michelle Exarhos. Michelle was born and raised in the United States but is, in fact, half Danish. Here she shares her views on the recent refugee scenario playing out in Denmark and the rest of Europe Anyone […]

Danish Imports: The Boxer

The next story from last year’s Danish Imports photo exhibition comes from Michal Jezierski, who had a very long and interesting story to tell about his move to Denmark. Michal Jezierski is perhaps one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and is full of positive, life-affirming quotes. Originally from Poland, Michal moved to America […]

Copenhagen Half Marathon Pictures

So did you take part in yesterday’s Copenhagen Half Marathon, or know anyone who did? The streets were absolutely alive, especially for the first half of the race where optimism was high and the mood was positive. There were no less than 23.786 runners taking part and as far as I’m aware, numbers like that […]

Danish Imports: The Journalist

Continuing the Danish Imports theme, today we take a look at Brazilian Noemia Colonna’s story. “Sometimes it’s good to be like the Brazilians,” is Noemia Colonna’s advice to the Danes. “We’re easy-going, more flexible and and not too obsessed about planning and privacy. Breaking the rules is a great way to see what happens out […]

Danish Imports: The DJ

This is the third instalment of my Danish Imports blog posts, looking at the stories behind people’s decisions to live, work or visit Denmark. Today’s story focuses on Danish DJ, Nikolaj Yu Andersen. You can read previous stories about Meriel or Luke if you’d like a quick recap regarding the ideas behind the images and […]

Danish Imports: The Architect

Today I’ll be sharing the second story behind one of my Danish Imports subjects, Luke Lorimer. If you missed the first post then you can read it here. These images were used for my first exhibition, Danish Imports, which was held at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen throughout August and September, 2014. Australian classically-trained pianist Luke […]

Danish Imports – One Year Later

Exactly 12 months ago I was celebrating my very first photo exhibition here in Copenhagen. It was something I’d been thinking of doing for a couple of years and it was a definite learning curve for me. Not only was I under pressure to include a selection of images I was proud of, but also […]

It's Marathon Time

You can’t really miss all the maps, posters and warnings that are dotted around the city at the moment. That’s right; it’s that time of year again where 12,000 people put themselves to the test and run for 26.2 miles. The Nykredit Copenhagen Marathon (to give it its official title) is without a doubt one […]

Danish Photographer wins prestigious prize

World Press Photo of the Year 2014, First Prize Contemporary Issues. Photo by Mads Nissen A photograph that highlights the difficulties facing sexual minorities in Russia has won the World Press Photo contest’s top prize. ‘Jon and Alex’, from a project called ‘Homophobia in Russia’, shows a ‘intimate moment’ between a gay couple from St. […]

Bikes in the Harbour: Is yours down there?

You’d be surprised at how many there are Man it was a chilly weekend in CPH. So I’m glad I warned my friends from the UK to bring extra clothing before they arrived on Wednesday afternoon. The couple flew in from the South West of England where temperatures are slightly milder than the rest of […]

Getting the shot: Nykredit CPH Marathon

January is usually a quiet time for me and probably most photographers in the Northern Hemisphere, but thankfully there’s been enough happening to keep me busy. Two weeks ago, for example, the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten printed a massive full-page advert for the Nykredit Copenhagen Marathon, which you can check out below. The brief for […]

Super(villain)markets

Has anybody else noticed how unorganised a lot of the supermarkets here in Denmark are? I’d been living here for less than four hours when I was warned at the checkout in Fakta to always “check my receipt.” The warning came from a friend, not an employee or a sign in the store, and it […]

Danish Imports – a photo exhibition

If you’re new to Denmark, and even if you’re not, you might be interested in my new exhibition taking place this evening (Wednesday 13th August) at Generator Hostel. Danish Imports aims to shine a different light on the many people who have in some way contributed to Danish society but were not born on Danish […]

We have our Danish Imports!

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog calling for non-Danes to step forward to be part of a new exhibition I’m hosting. The response was insane, I’m pleased to say, and after some heavy vetting, I managed to narrow it down to just a few people. To quote the official Facebook Event Page, ‘Danish Imports’ […]

Expats & foreigners wanted for new photo exhibition

Right then, who wants to be photographed? More importantly, who can tick off each and every one of the requirements on this list, and wants to be photographed? i) You were not born in Denmark ii) You have either A) Moved here permanently or, B) moved here temporarily iii) Or, you might be visiting Copenhagen […]

Office Chair Racing

The Office Chair Racing Championships returned to Copenhagen yesterday, as 24 brave – or crazy – men hurtled down the city’s steepest and longest hill, Valby Bakke. This year’s winner, Celli Shenar, aged 39, lifted the trophy for a second year in a row, after facing off fierce competition from his younger rivals. “I was […]

Chocolate (and other delicious) Pizzas

A Copenhagen bakery in a gritty part of town has added ten gourmet pizzas to its menu, including a chocolate and sea-salt pizza “Travelling was my biggest inspiration,” explains Laura’s Bakery founder Kristian Vangsgaard. “The Americans – especially the Californians – have taken great Italian pizza recipes and made them better. Now we’re giving those […]

Handbag Marketing Chief needed

A Danish job vacancy website has published a tongue-in-cheek position for an Animal Skin Handbag Marketing Chief. The bags allegedly contain skin from Marius the Giraffe, as well as recently killed lions and other endangered species. Whoever said that Danes don’t have a sense of humour? The opening line reads, “Are you fond of animals […]

A little privacy

One Friday evening I was out walking a friend’s dog around Valby. Some of the houses in that area really are pretty awesome and I admire their design, practicality and some of the kick-ass garden furniture that’s on display. As I walked past these exquisite homes that evening, I couldn’t help but notice a lot […]

School's out?

Thursday was my last day at Copenhagen Language Center before next Tuesday’s dreaded reading and writing exam, and never before has such emphasis been placed on word order, possessive pronouns, inversion nor relative clauses. Well, not since I was 15 anyway. Learning a new language has, if nothing else, reeducated me on the terminology of […]

Best. City. Ever.

The rain clouds are gathering outside my window (and thousands of other windows I imagine) as I write this. But rain is one thing this city has seen very little of this year and I doubt any of us can argue that the weather has sucked. As the summer starts to wind down and we […]

Just a little room

“This isn’t a business, it’s a hobby,” says Leif Thingtved as he pours another fresh latte in to my cup. He lifts a plastic lid to reveal a selection of awesome-looking Danish pastries. “Croissant?” Space is a bit tight at Hotel Central and Cafe in Copenhagen. So tight, in fact, that I’m forced to take […]

What's in the bag?

I’m eagerly awaiting our next guests from overseas in a few days time, as my sister and her partner grace us with their presence from the UK. What equally excites me are the potential contents of their suitcase. When my folks came to visit several weeks ago it was like a mini Christmas. As they […]

A War of Words

Statistically speaking, Denmark is one of the safest countries in the world. I’ve not really seen any crime or violence since moving here nine months ago (though I’m fully aware of the numerous bike thefts that take place every day). Anti-social behaviour in general seems almost non-existent compared, at least, to the streets of the […]

A simple soundcheck

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the DJ and musician Ashibah as she prepared for a performance at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen. She’d brought with her a collection of musicians, instruments and a sound system, which, at first sight, beautifully contradicted each other. There was an acoustic guitarist sat warming up on one side, […]

How to photograph The Blue Planet

Denmark’s newest tourist attraction, The Blue Planet, is already proving über popular with locals and tourists alike. And rightly so: with it’s majestic size and interesting critters, there hasn’t been anything this interesting to photograph in Copenhagen for quite some time. The Changing of the Guard gets a bit repetitive, doesn’t it. I’ve been fortunate […]

Opening Doors Part II: Endelave

Endelave. Population: God knows. Things to do there during early March: relatively little. Worth a visit? Absolutely. This is my short review of a beautifully peaceful island where ‘taking it easy’ was at the top of our agenda. My partner and I spent the weekend there recently with two friends and members of their family. […]

A touch of vintage

Finding something stimulating to do in Copenhagen over winter hasn’t been tough exactly, but of course it seems to get harder as the weeks draw on. At this time of year, finding events to take pictures of has been equally challenging, as most organisers and promoters use the dark nights and cold weather to plan […]

Opening Doors

My Danish language teacher just so happens to be one of the sweetest women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in my relatively short time here. Like most Danes I encounter, she is very liberal, honest, believes in equality, and is extremely polite. The things that she adores in life (candles, fireworks, cake) don’t surprise me […]

Looking for highly-skilled foreigners

I’ve met far too many highly-skilled people here in Denmark who are not working in their chosen profession. Granted, these are challenging times and the financial crisis seems to be slowly infecting the country. But should an Indian doctor really be packing boxes in a warehouse when he could be saving lives? And should a […]

Leonora Christina – hero or villain?

You’d have to be blind to miss the recent influx of female-led Danish dramas that are filling our homes of late. Obviously there’s The Killing (Forbrydelsen), The Bridge (Broen) and a current favourite in my homeland at the moment, Borgen. The social status of women in Danish society has been on the rise for the […]