May ’04 Installment: Du Gamla, Du Fria

The music is called "Chlorine", and was composed by the divinely talented Kate of n-heptane studios.

"Du gamla, du fria" is the first line of the swedish national anthem. While this May edition is indeed a tribute to the Sweden that I love, this choice of title is more decorative than nationalistic.

By decorative, I am speaking of the content of the images I made for this month. The idea, initially, was to make postcards from Sweden, old tarnished, slightly tacky postcards.

While only the text on image 1 and image 5 is tacky, I am pretty satisfied with the end result of this months pieces. I wanted to make sharp contrast, use much more white than I usually do, and create great textures that weren't just Photoshop's "texturizer". This, I think, I succeeded in.

With this said, I'm far from happy about image 2, 3 and 4. It's just something about the composition, the colors, and the texture that's just not spot on.

The text on image 1 says "Du gamla, du fria, du fjällhöga nord", which as mentioned is the first line of the Swedish national anthem. Very roughly translated, it means "you old, free, mountaneous north".

The text on image 5 says "Hälsningar från Sverige", which translate to "greetings from Sweden".

3 year aniversary

Noscope was launched as part of the May 1st reboot 2001. Today, May 1st 2004 I have been true to the legacy I more or less swore myself to. 5 images, every damn month. Some quick pocket calculation makes this 3 * 12 * 5 = 180 pictures / illustrations. Needless to say I'm proud beyond what words can describe, because one thing is sure: statistical probability says, atleast SOME of these 180 images has to be good.

As a celebration, I'll post my personal favourite images I've made over the past 3 years, not to forget the beautiful music Kate composed!

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May ’04 Installment: Du Gamla, Du Fria