copenhagen

Behind The Scenes: Royal Run.

Keep the diary open Whether it was wishful thinking or simply experience, when I first heard about the Royal Run back in 2017 I decided to keep the 21st May available in my calendar. “We won’t be needing you for that particular race,” I was told, but a voice in my head kept saying, “Yeah […]

Future King of Denmark Joins In Birthday Celebrations With The Royal Run.

In merely a few days time the future king of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik, will be celebrating his 50th birthday and all over the country flags will be at high mast. A total of five Danish cities are involved in celebratory shenanigans which began on May 18, and span nine days, which The Royal Family […]

Copenhagen wins international climate prize

Reducing the Carbon Footprint Reducing our carbon footprint means saving energy as well as the planet. With the recognition of Copenhagen as a cultural centre comes strict monitoring of energy consumption in schools and daycare institutions alike. With this recognition comes a special award known as the C40 in acknowledgement of the municipality’s praiseworthy efforts. […]

Game of Thrones Star Joins Climate Change Talk

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau returns to his home country to take action An overwhelmingly massive wall of ice on regular display is one of the many stunning visual images in the popular television series Game of Thrones in which Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays fictional knight Jaime Lannister. In the real world, climate change seriously imperils our […]

Nordic Race: A mudfest for my camera

My first Nordic Race photography experience I don’t know about you, but personally I like to be warm, dry and clean at this time of year. It’s the reason I wear nice thick gloves, waterproof trousers and jackets, and a pair of boots every time I leave the house. On Saturday I got to witness […]

Britain’s Prince Harry Visits Copenhagen

Special Request Back in September of this year Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry’s official visit to Denmark. The Prince is in Copenhagen today (Wednesday 25th) and tomorrow, and Matthew has been placed in a special press pool to gain access and provide exclusive photographic coverage. The visit has been somewhat shrouded with no official press […]

PBMJ: Now we are 2

I’ve only got one pair of hands… until now! Finding a solution to doing everything myself has long been at the top of my long list of priorities. I’ve found over the years, that it’s definitely getting easier to outsource some of the work I do, especially when students answer the call for unpaid work […]

Following in the footsteps of Obama

Where would a former President of the United States go to eat when in Copenhagen? For my first blog post in nearly two millennia I thought I’d tackle something a little light-hearted.  Despite never really pursuing a career in food photography, it appears it has found me. Well, in the sense that a large client […]

Who needs a photo education anyway?

Is it really worth paying to learn to be a better photographer? ”Sixteen hundred kroner!” So cried the partner of one my clients recently when she found out what he was paying me to teach him. More than once this week the conversation has turned towards education. Does a photographer need one? If so, what […]

Summer Update

“Your blog entries don’t show up in my news feed anymore” Never fear, dear reader, I have not died or disappeared. Summer has truly been upon us these last few weeks and with the warm weather comes a calendar full of events and photoshoots. Unfortunately it means I have abandoned my post and my writing […]

Journal Challenge Day Two

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Work, sunshine, work, parties, repeat Day Two of the Daily Journal experiment, and I’ve had to force myself to start writing. I’ve got exactly 97 minutes before I need to be somewhere else, and in all the years I’ve owned this clock on the wall, this is […]

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 Neuropyschologist

This blog post originally appeared over at matthewjames.dk 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 […]

Finally back online with the journal, but who’s it for, exactly?

This blog post first appeared on the journal page of www.matthewjames.dk Well that was an annoying five days, in regards to the journal. Just when I was starting to get in to the flow of writing regular updates I decide to go tinkering with the HTML code in the background (to make the user experience […]

Danish Imports: The Boxer

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk 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 is perhaps one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and is full […]

Teaching Photography in Copenhagen

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk One area of photography I don’t shout about too much is my Shooting Copenhagen Workshops, but after this week it’s probably about time I gave myself a pat on the back and shared the story behind them with you. In the months (years […]

Finding locations for great Wedding Photography Portraits

Another wedding came and went yesterday. It was an all day wedding, and those are mentally and physically demanding; especially when working alone. Imagine for 13 hours you’re trying to keep thoughts fresh and exciting, whilst remaining relatively anonymous and talking to yourself. Before any wedding I like to go and visit the location/s beforehand […]

Terror attack in Copenhagen

Denmark pays its respects It’s actually quite hard to describe the feeling in Copenhagen this morning. People are going about their business as usual, that much is clear; but as soon as I left the house I could see something different in people’s faces. On the train I watched a guy scold another for banging […]

Foreigners wanted in Denmark

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 […]

One last dip

Who remembers that gloriously warm Saturday two weeks ago? I tried über hard to yesterday as I cycled over Langebro, battling the wind and icy rain with my camera equipment hanging off my back. The type of weather I’ve been dreading since starting up my own photography workshops business has finally arrived and it’s time […]

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 […]