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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 soil. From travelling entertainers and international students, to scientists, freak shows and journalists, these imports are just the tip of the iceberg.

The party starts officially at 8pm and there will be a (free) cocktail reception for the early-birds. DJ Niko Yu will also be playing some chilled out tunes to keep you going through til 10pm.

For more info, please visit http://goo.gl/Nqjlmd

Hope to see you there…

Danish Imports, photography by matthew james, exhibition, udstilling

An Evening at Råbjerg Mile

If you once been to Skagen, you wouldn’t miss the chance to visit one of the most big moving dune in Europe.

When i visited to take a walk in Råbjerg Mile, there was literally no oneelse but the living nature.

The only footprint on the sand was from the Birds!

 

at  Råbjerg Mile

http://www.naturturist.dk

Would you believe in that i am Sahara desert?

 

We have our Danish Imports!

Danish Imports, exhibition, udstilling, pbmj, photography by matthew james, expats, foreignersSeveral 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’ 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 soil. From travelling entertainers and international students, to scientists, freak shows and journalists, these imports are just the tip of the iceberg.

The exhibition launch party takes place on Wednesday 13th August at Generator Hostel, 5-7 Adelgade, 1304 København K, and if you rock up early enough, you just might score yourself a free beverage or two.

I’ve spoken to so many expats and Danes about the theme of the exhibition, often as a result of hearing some of the obstacles that many of us have faced since moving here. The language, finding friends and networking, and facing stereotypes based on our countries of origin have all played a significant role in our lives since moving to Denmark. Speaking with these people has made me realise that we are by no means alone, and that we share a common bond.

What’s clear is that we love Denmark and the city of Copenhagen. Everyone has moved here (or briefly visited) either for a better life or to provide entertainment and excitement. Despite hearing some very sad tales, the exhibition’s subjects all share hope, freedom and optimism for the future. Meeting these people has been very inspiring indeed.

If you would like to join the party next month, head over to my Facebook page or the official Danish Imports page. And of course, you can always keep up to date via my Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Hope to see you there…

DK. Closed.

It’s taking some getting used to, this holiday malarkey. In fact, just today I urgently needed to head to the shops to get some supplies and pick up a brand new bicycle lock en route. I’d lost the other one during the CPH Marathon a few weeks back.

As I headed down Valby Langgade I couldn’t help but notice how quiet it was. Then it dawned on me for the xth time this year: it’s a public holiday, and DK is on lockdown.

This doesn’t happen where I come from. And an American man I met a few weeks back summed it up nicely. “In the States, when there’s a public holiday, businesses make the most of Capitalism and sell sell sell.” It’s the same in England, too. And with the weather like it is today here in CPH, some serious dollars are being lost in the shops and stalls whose doors are firmly shut.

To be honest, I’ve moaned about this a lot. The end result for me today was a pointless bike ride (albeit in the sunshine) with a list of chores that still need doing tomorrow morning when it speaks of rain. If I’d been called out on a photo job today, I would’ve struggled to get from A to B on my bike because I don’t want to risk leaving it unlocked, obviously. Thus I would have been in a bit of a predicament.

So I hate the whole idea of businesses closing on a public holiday. It’s a legal requirement apparently, though I’m not sure about the exact ins-and-outs of the law itself. The question is: am I wrong?

This whole thing stinks of Jantelov in my humble opinion. It’s a holiday and everyone deserves the day off, regardless of what they do (except the bar staff and waitresses, and me, of course). But isn’t that a nice thing? If a country decides to give it’s citizens a day off for whatever reason then isn’t that exactly what we should be doing? Looking out of my window today I can see families playing together in their gardens and couples sunbathing with a bbq burning away in the corner. If you already know that everywhere will be closed for the day, then surely you get everything sorted beforehand and you just accept that that’s the way it is. It’s how it used to be in the UK, too.

When I was kid, the shops were always closed on Sundays and therefore we went to get our food and school clothes the day before. It left Sundays free for cooking a roast dinner with the whole family and catching up on The Simpsons at 6pm. It was nice. It was simple. With all the department stores (but never the banks) now open on Sundays, all that has disappeared.

It seems that my biggest problem with Denmark being closed today is me. How long is it going to take me to get used to it? And what the hell am I doing still sitting here writing this? I’m off out.

Houses in Skagen

Surrealistic Blue Sky, contrasting color of the roof, white and yellow.

Have you ever been to Skagen?  Woudn’t it be nice to have some fresh fish dishes in the fairy traditional house?

Against sand.

Twins.

Fish House detail

Full house, sunset