Abandoned & Industrial Photography

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About Aska

Abandoned & industrial photography

… and some doodles.

On location at Pumpen.
Yours truly

Welcome!

Aska is the (slowly) growing collection of photographs from abandoned, quaint or interesting locations by me, Björn Sahlberg. The homebase is in Stockholm, Sweden.

So, why seek these places and spend days photographing them? A very early inspiration was the book Journal of a Ghost Hunter by Simon Marsden that I received for Christmas in 1994. Up until then my view on photography in general was something of a substitute for “real” art like painting or drawing (can you imagine!) but that book had me thinking differently. Then there was also the environments of fantasy literature, comic books, Warhammer games and movies like Bladerunner which all had a strong appeal to me. Still it took a few years before I picked up my dad's old Minolta to use it on my very first explore on, The Mighty Abandoned Cottage of Stäksön in Kallhäll outside of Stockholm. The rest is history.

Get in touch or follow

bjorn@aska.nu (I'm pretty good at replying)

altergraff.tumblr.com (graffiti oriented)

twitter.com/explorerbjorn (retweets, mostly)

instagram.com/explorerbjorn (on ice at the moment)

Friends of the abandoned

Galleri Mellanrum – “Det experimentella galleriet i Hägerstensåsen”. Small in size, large at heart.

John Eklunds elektriska museum – Master of the Västerås steam power plant, and more.

Kathy's daily – Infrastructural goodies, urbanscapes and rurals at rest (and at its best).

Modern Swedish Ruins – Explorer buddy since way back. Some of our older pics are strikingly similar. (Taken a break in posting.)

Maria's Flickr – Among Sweden's best ruin photographers!

Pavel Matveyev's website – My comrade Pavel approaches abandonments in a very open and personal way.

Pfitzer pfotograpfy – All film, all daring, all talent. And a very good Internetz-friend!

The Work of Castor – Moody rural exploration on stills and on video.

Yann's Flickr – Analog abandonments with a French grace. A very good friend on Flickr and IRL.

Trading prints?

Are you a fellow explorer of the abandoned, into intriguing infrastructure or collecting quirky surroundings with whatever gear? Then how about trading prints? I have traded with online friends a few times and it's great fun! Also more tasteful to keep others' prints on the wall rather than your own, right. Ok then, just get in touch.

Tools & tech

What's squeking underneath Aska's rusty hood.

In gear at Stålverk 1.

Light measuring on location at Steelmill 1. I no longer use the angular viewfinder. Photo © Yann.

Through the viewfinder at the Kakefabriken.

Hassy with the 50 mm on location at Kakelfabriken.

Hasselblad 500c/m

Main comrade these days. Usually fitted with a 50 or 80 mm lens.

Meopta Flexaret V i full aktion.

Just your local explorer together with an old friend. Photo © Yann.

Meopta Flexaret V

Through the Flexaret V viewfinder at your average Schwedenrot location.

Meopta Flexaret V

A late 50s beater twin lens reflex from the Czech Republic. Works perfectly, almost always. A growing love that I've been using more and more over the last years.

Topcon Horseman 980

On location when the Bromma Business Centre is flattended. With the Horseman 980 on a tripod one looks serious business enough and the demolition crew didn't send me off the grounds.

Topcon Horseman 980 viewfinder

Framing and composing is an adventure with the viewfinder image being both mirrored and upside down.

Topcon Horseman 980

I came across this nice Horseman kit at the Kamerloppis camera flea market in spring 2016. The combination of tilt-shift, medium format and a cool retro tech look made it an easy choice. Yes, it's tricky to use. Yes, it's slow to use. And yes, it's great fun to use!

Snapping away at the (now demolished) Tollare paper mill.

Snapping away at the (now demolished) Tollare paper mill. Photo © Yann.

Nikon D300 & D70

Old workhorses before the days of analog. Today I mostly use the D300 for light measuring on tricky locations.

HomeSite 5.5

HomeSite+, the barebone editor to end all editors. Or?

HomeSite+ & Notepad++

Recent input: eventually I had to succumb to HomeSite's age and have for most everything shifted to Notepad++. It's an excellent editor but I miss the powerful Extended Replace from HomeSite.

Old input: [HomeSite is] quite possibly the best barebone HTML editor, ever. Despite not being upgraded since 2003 it still rocks in so many ways. You're more than free to convince me of a newer one (I've tried many) as I realise that its days are counted.

Wrinkled faces of ASKA.nu

Through the years this site has been a shape shifter.

Aska, September 2008.

Tuned up for The Big Comeback of spring 2008.
Index page, September 2008.

Aska index page of 2004.

The site was down for a while and then reappeard on a new server, with stripped down and more austere approach.
Index page in 2004.

Aska second index page, July 2000.

Was all about rock then, it seems ...
Second index page, July 2000.

ASKA, March 2000.

Second index page in March, 2000.

Höst 99 index page. April 2000.

Höst '99 (Autumn '99) index page. Photos from fall excursions around Stockholm.
April 2000.

ASKA, May 2000.

Index page. Logo made by moving a print on the copy machine. Far out.
May 2000.

ASKA, August 2000.

Index page as of August 2000.

ASKA, September 2000.

Another version of the index page, September 2000.

ASKA, May 2002.

WiP. Sorry Dynamite Factory, you never got to be. Not yet at least.
May 2002. (Hej NVRO!)

Latest soundz

Latest soundz ... August 2000.

ASKA, July 2000.

My Volvo Amazon 1969 represented on Aska.
July 2000.

Vill du se en banner?

Nifty banner.
March 2000.

Things Aska, but not quite

What would the world be without these Great Additons to Humankind's Collected Knowledge.

Stockholm Gig Pics anno 2000-2001

Stockholm Gig Pics 2000-2001

Too loud to be forgotten!

The derelict house, just beyond the ridge.

ASKA © 1999-2020 Björn Sahlberg

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