On my way home on the bus from Gudhjem to the ferry, the bus stopped in the middle of absolutely no-where, and two young women, Freja, her friend and their two children, entered with a lot of luggage. They had been 'cat-sitters' for a friend of theirs for some days, and were now on their way home. I offered my assistance when a practical problem came up, and suggested that Freja let me take a few shots of her in return. She liked the idea when I told her about the project, although she had few objections about her appearance at the specific moment. Freja was booked on a later ferry than I was, so the only chance was to take the shots during the ride, with the bus bumping along the road and further passengers entering.
Confusing and challenging, but I was positively surprised when I saw the final result, I would however love to make further portraits of Freja in the future.
In Nordic mythology, Freyja (old Nordic the “Lady”) is a godess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, war and death. Various plants in Scandinavia once bore her name, but were replaced with the name of the Virgin Mary the process of Christianization. Rural Scandinavians continued to acknowledge Freyja as a supernatural figure into the 19th century
FREJA - jeg vil meget gerne have en chance for at lave flere portrætter af dig, så jeg beder dig tage kontakt så vi kan tale om det. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
# 12 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at: