Welcome to watch the Hammarkulle carnivals in 2003, 2015, 2016 & 2022

The Hammarkulle carnival in 2003

All the fantastic photography and video editing of these four videos was done by Wolfgang. You get the most out of these colorful Vimeo-videos by not accepting the default quality setting Auto in the settings gear, instead choose the best video quality that your Internet connection allow, 360—1080p.

The Hammarkulle carnival in 2015

The Hammarkulle carnival in 2016

The Hammarkulle carnival in 2022

The photographer's description of the Hammarkulle carnival in 2022

Back after the pandemic! Great relief to see this carnival in Gothenburg, Sweden, back on track! Great job by all, this includes the general public!

The photographer's description of the Hammarkulle carnival in 2003

Recently I dug-up an old image show from way back. My camera at the time was a Sony Mavica, recording images on a floppy disc with a resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels. For a while I wondered: Did I not have a camera with a higher image quality in 2003? I checked and found out that I did. But the enormous zoom range of the Mavica and the amazing steady-shot function made it very useful in the field.

Show is converted to 16:9 format now, something that strains the all too few pixels... From the 2003 event itself I remember that I really pushed myself, trying to capture as many aspects of the event as I could take in. The work with this long show (335 images) and the synching to suitable sound material took quite a bit of time back then – and even now in the adaptation to the wide screen format.

The photographer's description of the Hammarkulle carnival in 2015

Every year at the end of May, three days of carnival come to Gothenburg, more precisely to the suburb of Hammarkullen. A seventeen minute ride by streetcar from downtown will take you there. 2015 constituted the fortieth anniversary of the event, originally started by the locals, with many South American immigrants among them.

A scaled-down late summer version takes place on a major downtown boulevard and has also become a tradition by now, after a period where city officials had their problems with providing acceptable conditions for this highly popular festival.

The photographer's description of the Hammarkulle carnival in 2016

An annual carnival takes place in the Gothenburg suburb of Hammarkullen. This by now legendary tradition dates back more than forty years and is the biggest and most vibrant event of this type in Sweden.

My comment to these amazing Hammarkulle carnival videos at Vimeo

Hi Wolfgang,

Your videos from the Hammarkulle carnivals in 2003, 2015 and 2016 are really nice and inspiring to watch, they capture all the nice and colorful people at the carnivals.

The background music in the videos also fits so well with the photos. You must be one of the most talented photographers in the world.

Thank you very much Wolfgang!

As a comment to the video from 2022, I wrote:
Thank you Wolfgang for a very nice video, that capture all the nice people and the amazing spirit in Hammarkullen, Gothenburg, Sweden - Thank you!
Conny Andersson

Apropos Hammarkullen — Jens S. Jensen

Jens S. Jensen (May 25, 1946 – July 1, 2015) was a Swedish photographer that documented the everyday life and people in Hammarkullen during 40 years. To do that, Jens moved to and lived in Hammarkullen for long periods of time.

The Hasselblad Foundation published a YouTube-video on March 20 in 2015, just some month before his death: Hammarkullen - 40 years later. (A “must be seen”, 10 minutes long interview in Swedish, subtitled in English.)

One of Jens' photos, Boy on the Wall, Hammarkullen, Gothenburg, 1973 was exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, in 2012. That photo was meeting the visitors to MoMA as they entered the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000. See the photo in the MoMA context (on July 29, 2012 – November 5, 2012) here.

I myself met Jens in person at the University of Gothenburg in the fall of 1981. I was writing an essay on manual labor and Jens stood for visualizing the blue-collar workers and their work at Volvo Torslanda by his photos. I remember Jens as a very warm, generous, sympathic and nice human being.

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