Walking around Gothenburg


When I first started taking pictures of food, I hoarded food and travel magazines. I stared at beautiful photography and tried to analyze the light, the photographers point of view…

…trying to decipher their technique and how they worked the light.

I discovered Mikkel Vang‘s work in that process. His editorial stories for Donna Hay, Vogue Living, Elle Decor, Gourmet and so many more are evoking, lush, colorful – always telling a story of people, places and food.

This passed weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend a workshop taught by Mikkel where we learned about light, storytelling and photography. We walked the streets of Gothenburg with eyes wide open looking for light, hidden corners, food and people to create a storyboard of the city.

What an amazing experience this was for me. Still fresh in my mind. Left filled with inspiration, new tools and ideas.


I will be in Sweden for a few more days.

Headed to Katrineholm next where I will be teaching a food styling and photography workshop myself. We will be staying at a lake house and exploring the areas food culture and environment. Ola Rudin will be joining and guiding us on a foraging tour and discovery of the areas wild foods. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this.


Sunset at Skansen Kronan

Sunset at Skansen Kronan

There is still nearly another month for me in Europe. After Sweden, the Basque Country.

I cannot wait to share more images with you.

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68 Responses to “Walking around Gothenburg”

  1. I have no words Aran! …. it’s just beautiful!
    Again, enjoy your time in Sweden and have a great workshop (I know you’ll rock it!)

  2. Melissa says:

    Amazing photos and adventures! Can’t wait for more. Enjoy the rest of your time in Europe.

  3. Thanks for introducing Mikkel. There’s always a learning curve in whatever we do, so thank you for bringing us along in your journey to discover :)

  4. Rosa says:

    A beautiful city! Thanks for sharing your delightful clicks with us.



  5. Juliana says:

    Can I tell you how envious I am right now? You are basking in the sun in a beautiful place and we’re freezing and stuck with flooding. :-) I wish you all the best for your workshop, and I eagerly await your pictures- especially the ones about the foraging part of the workshop.

  6. Stefan says:

    Great pics of my home town! I hope you got to taste all the great seafood that we have to offer. Thanks for the inspiration //s

  7. Ola says:

    very beautiful and I cannot wait for more photos.
    btw you have to visit Poland one time:)

  8. Giulia says:

    I’ve been to Finland, Norway and Denmark – but Sweden is missing…one day I’ll go. I love Scandinavia. Will your kids be joining you in the Basque country? Are they done with school yet? School finishes in 2.5 weeks for us and I look forward to a slower pace. Have a great time!

  9. Enviable! I’d like to be there too. Looks as if you had great company. This peony photo reminds me of paintings in the style of the old masters from Holland.
    But I like best the picture where you lie and stand in this sun-drenched meadow. For me it symbolizes having a good time with friends full of happiness and peace. Isn’t that what we all want to have here on earth?

  10. Katie says:

    It’s so refreshing and inspiring to hear that someone as talented as you (talented enough to run your own high-demand workshops!) is still out there growing and learning from others. Thanks for sharing such a lovely experience with us!

  11. Sanda says:

    I am just so sad I couldn’t g for this course, I wanted it so much. I am sure you had a great time and fully inspired. Sweden is really beautiful country. I am sure you will have great time in Sweden and back home!!

  12. Itxaso says:

    Zelako esperientzie izin behar dauen horrek… zelako jentea batu zarien bua! Argazkiek dire zoragarriek, eta zelako poztasune emoten daurien.

    • Aran says:

      Bai, jente oso ona alkartu gara benetan. Gainera asko lagunek gara eta egun batzuk batera pasetea oso ondo etorri jaku danori. Zuek zelan zabizie?

      • Itxaso says:

        Gu ondo, ni laster etxerantza, eta pozik! Aurten hemen ortue ipiniogu eta horregaz nahiko entretenidute gabiz, baia gusture egoten da ortuen. Momentuz ondo doa, ia uden amaierarako genero ona batzean dogun. Etxera noanean hartu behako dodaz apunte batzuk be. Disfrutau eta besarkada bat. Gorantziek etxekoari!

  13. I love the photojournalistic approach to photography. Enjoy! Your work is amazing.

  14. And, now, that’s what I do…. study your photographs (and a few others)! ;) And your phrase, “We walked the streets of Gothenburg with eyes wide open looking for light, hidden corners, food and people to create a storyboard of the city.” – oh, Sigh! =D It sounds like a marvelous, happy time. That’s what shows up in your images, anyway!

    Always so happy to see a post from you!!

    Katy Noelle

  15. *Sigh* So, so stunning. Cannot wait to see more…

  16. Such beautiful images, as always Aran! What an amazing opportunity to walk along side and learn from one of your inspirations. I too am a huge fan of Mikkel Vang’s work xx

  17. How cool to see your photos from MY city! I’m sure you enjoyed it! Love that bike outside of DaMatteo as well – I always snap a photo of it when passing by…

    Must have been a fantastic workshop with Vang, and I’m just a bit envious ;-) of the people who get to attend the workshop with you over the next few days. One day I hope I can attend one of your workshops!

  18. Zoe says:

    it’s so cool to know that an experienced person like yourself is still getting so much out of work-shopping. It’s a lesson for all of us. And this post is just beautiful…you are obviously continuing to learn! Cheers and safe trip, Zoe.

  19. Inés says:

    Aran: Aspaldiko partez! ….uda honetan sin falta geratu beharko gara…gainera irailan workshopa Euskal Herrian izango duzue….!!!

  20. That envy give us …
    Hope you have a great time! Especially when you’re in the País Vasco, our country, Spain :)

    ‘Spicy’ greetings

  21. Tonya says:

    Beautiful photos as always!! It looks so amazing there! Hope you have another amazing workshop, cannot wait to see the photos :) It’s an inspired life isn’t it??
    Big hugs and enjoy your journeys!!

  22. Simply delicious! You are an artist in many ways.

  23. LoneC says:

    Welcome to Scandinavia! I am just across the water from you in Denmark! I hope you will enjoy your stay!
    I’m looking forward to be reading about your stay in basque country as it is an area I’ve visited many years ago but hope to see again.

  24. nessa says:

    Such beautiful pictures!

  25. Beautiful photography and you really do get a great sense of the city. Thank you for sharing!


  26. Sally Roeckell says:

    So happy for you that you are still learning. Even more delighted that I will get to share in your experience in Basque in September. I can not wait. Your images here are lovely. They paint a picture and tell a story vividly. Something I am trying to learn to do. Thank you!

  27. Rhonda says:

    So lovely, I miss Europe so much! although sadly I never made it to Sweden, it’s on my list of must sees though!

  28. Helena Berry says:

    I did not know my homtown is that beautiful! To see it with your eyes make me proud.

    For many years I have been following your blogg and hope you will enjoy your visit in Scandinavia.

  29. So, so beautiful Aran. I always look forward to your lovely posts. Have a wonderful trip!

  30. Dena says:

    Thank you for these beautiful photos. They are inspirational. Have a safe and light filled trip. I look forward to the next installment of pictures.

  31. Caro(line) says:

    This light…only in Sweden, especially in June! :)

  32. Q fotos tan bonitas!! Sobretodo me encanta la del picnic. El color es maravilloso. Enhorabuena!! Me encanta tu blog!! Te invito a q le eches un vistazo al mio y me sigas si te gusta ;) Es de fotografia, arte y diseno.

  33. Sini says:

    I hope you enjoy our beautiful Scandinavian summer. Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  34. monica says:

    I really love this beautiful city in summer, and even my children too. It’s special. Great pictures! mony***

  35. erica says:

    So glad you are able to treat yourself to a workshop too! Beautiful photos. And I finally purchased your book, which I love as well. Best wishes.

  36. ch. says:

    I used to read food blogs all the time, but rarely do these days. So I haven´t visited your blog for ages. Months. Maybe a whole year. And I stop by today only to see you are in my home town! In Sweden! How unexpected! And so cool! Hope you had a really good time in Göteborg and get the very best of Sweden!

  37. El says:

    Great shots, Aran. Enjoy your trip!

  38. I love your photography, great great colors and composition. Have a wonderful trip.
    you don’t mind if I ask what lens did you use for this photos?

  39. Oh my! What beautiful photos. Wish you could take photos of my food.

  40. eleonora says:

    So beautiful! I stayed 2009 for a few days there (a friend lives there!). It’s such a lovely city!


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  41. Lisa says:

    Wow – Incredibly beautiful photos! Enjoyed looking at them several times.

  42. Eugenia says:

    These photos reflect how beautiful is Sweden!

  43. gina says:

    Oh… dear. I wish I had seen these courses!

    …. I’m American living in Sweden learning more about my camera every day. I love your approach to photography and would have loved to join! I’m in Stockholm and will look for more glimpses of how your eye sees Sweden! The photos you’ve taken of Goteborg truly feel like Goteborg! Fantastic and I’m wondering if this means that you’ll be here long enough to explore Midsummer? A feast of color and emotion for a photographer! If you were in need of shooting a Stockholm big summer, find us!! :-) open tables with midsummer food aplenty!

  44. It makes me so happy to see that you visit my beautiful country. It’s always exciting to view it through someone elses eyes (photos). <3

  45. Charlotte says:

    Oh my! I just talked to my mum planning for my visit back home to Göteborg this coming weekend, and next thing I see these lovely photos of my home city! And even better; of my old neighbourhood around Skansen Kronan. This made me even more homesick, in a good way though! Thanks! :D

  46. Robert says:

    Your work is amazing and I am sure you will have great time in Sweden

  47. Queridísima Aran,

    cuánto te extrañamos! cuándo regresas por aquí? Espero que pronto…

    Muchos cariños!!


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