Tuesday, September 29, 2009


In every neighborhood around the world
there is usually something that
becomes a landmark of sorts.
It doesn't have to be an Eiffel tower,
a Sydney Opera House
or giant golden Buddha.
Often it's just a store front, a sign, or a small building
that doesn't look like the ones around it.
Those of you familiar with New York
and Greenwich village
know this one.
Before the recession hit
many of those places gave way to
bland a boring local bank service centers
and CVS stores.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Grand Central Station


I'm becoming a citizen of the U.S.A.
I'm the only person in the room
who is not Hispanic, Latin, Asian or African.
I'm definitely the only Swede in the room.
I'm joining the most diverse country on earth.

Where I grew up there was a certain hostility towards
the Greek families who came.
Fleeing a brutal junta.
The Chileans.
There was hostility towards most immigrants.
Even towards those from our neighbor Finland.
And that from a people who loved to travel.
I could never understand it.

I found all the new people very exiting.
I befriended them as quickly as I could,
hungry to learn about life outside my village.
They enriched our culture.
Brought new food.
And new stories.

Our most beloved bard,
one we thought of as the epitome of Swedishness,
was actually a Dutch import.
Cornelius Vreeswijk.
One of Sweden's most well known intellectuals is Kallifatides, a writer,
immigrant from Greece.
There are many, many more.

But some Swedes nevertheless looked
upon new immigrants with suspicion.

We had, however, a very open immigration policy,
which means that Sweden is probably one of the most
diverse countries in Europe today.

But the U.S.A. must be the most diverse in the world.
I'm becoming an American.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Israeli power

On the road
between Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem.
But it could as well
be along the tracks
between Maplewood
and New York city.
I shot a very similar image
from the train
a few years ago.

Monday, September 14, 2009

live bait

It's been there for a quite a few years now.
I don't know if the name reflects anything of what goes on inside.
It's got nice neon signs at least.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

young girls in uniform

Heavy is the burden
for the young girls and boys,
fighting a war
for the future of the children younger then
their parents
and grand parents,
their own future children,
if they survive.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Abandoned military barracks

Near the Dead Sea.
The smell of war
is everywhere in Israel.
Whether in the form of destroyed equipment
from one of the wars or young people in uniform
on their way to their bases.
Bag checks at supermarket,
shopping centers and restaurants.
The constant fear for the next
suicide attack or missile.
Weapons everywhere.
Life goes on, but it's a life
strained by daily threats of destruction.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A wall

This is taken from the road in Jerusalem that leads through the desert, passing Jericho and just before hitting Jordan connects with another road that if you go south leads past the dead sea, the red sea, and into Egypt. If you go north it takes you to the Golan heights and Syria and Lebanon.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009