Culture

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jesus he knows me, and he knows I'm right

According to recent figures published this week in the Copenhagen Post, the Church of Denmark (folkekirken) has seen a “historic” loss of members in 2012 – expected to be around 20,000 by the end of the year. I find it ironic that this should be the case only days before the world is “about to […]

Does networking have to involve alcohol?

Networking in any profession is extremely important. Getting out there and meeting new people is the cheapest and most effective way to promote yourself and your services, and when you combine this with moving to a new country then the benefits increase. I was straight on it when I first moved over to Denmark and […]

'Watch out – here comes a foreigner asking for money'

There’s naturally been a language barrier for me ever since I arrived here in Denmark, though so far it’s never been a serious issue. However, today I am left wondering how many people will die due to my lack of Danish-speaking abilities. I started learning Danish back in 2007 when I discovered an ancient selection […]

If I hadn't have met…

When I was 17 I worked in a hotel on the edge of the beautiful Peak District in England. Was I a chef; a sous-chef, maybe; a waiter or a gardener? No I’m afraid none of those glorious positions could be called mine; instead my job was to wash pots, clean the chimney, and every […]

Share the swan

We once received a tip off (at the last newspaper I worked for) from a guy who had spotted a family of swans walking down the road. “Wow, what a scoop,” I said sarcastically to the editor. “It’s a great story,” she frowned, “get down there.” Indeed it was actually quite a nice story in […]

James Bond: Skyfall premiere

The last time I was photographing celebs on the red carpet was at London’s Leicester Square, for the premiere of Julian Fellowes’ The Young Victoria. I arrived late after a job interview (which I didn’t get) and wasn’t allowed access to the press pit, so had to settle instead for a wet area on the […]