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My Pinhole Photograph of Norway

One of our workshops on the Erasmus Intensive Programme was pinhole photography. I found this extremely interesting!

After a talk about the history of pinhole photography and what it actually is, we were given little tins with a pinhole in them, in the darkroom we slipped our special photography paper inside carefully and covered the top with black paper and tin foil and covered the pinhole with one finger before emerging into the light.ย It’s important not to let the light through at any point before you decide to take your photograph because it will ruin the paper.

We were invited to step outside and take a photo of something we liked. It could be a building on the campus, a tree, the water, a person, a self portrait…

The photo below is my second attempt (I overexposed the first photo and shook the tin slightly first time around!). I found this lovely spot after crossing a little wooden bridge in the forest, I placed the tin on a rock, sat beside it and enjoyed 2 and a half minutes of stillness, peace and serenity. The only sound was the lapping of the water on the shore. I’m pleased with the photo, it looks kind of spooky which is cool because the earlier workshop that morning was the ghost/sound massage workshop!

We were allowed to dip the photograph in the 3 trays in the darkroom ourselves after been shown how to let the fluid wash over the paper in the first tray etc. This was really cool!!! The photos were hung to dry, put through a machine after that… When they were fully dried, we scanned them, popped them into Photoshop and inverted the colours.

Hope you enjoy my pinhole photograph!

Pinhole photography by me :)
Pinhole photography by me ๐Ÿ™‚
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Final Norway Blog: It’s Good to be Home!

I’ve been home a few days already, I’ve just been exhausted! It’s been mental, the 12 hour journey home from Norway on top of a crazy party the night before (4 hours drunken sleep!!), then straight back to work and college! ๐Ÿ™‚

The last few days in Norway we spent preparing for the Final Performance which was a roaring success. We performed music, dancing, drama, painting and sound massages.

Our final day in Norway was an evaluation of the CREAL Erasmus Intensive Programme which was quite insightful. The trip was quite inspirational and it was great to hear the small changes students would make if they were to take part again (next year it’s Belgium’s turn to host students!). I suggested an ice-breaker session for each college group before they travel… personally I didn’t know anyone (bar one or two!) from my college and meeting the entire 65 group was very over-whelming for me anyway! Nonetheless it was an experience to say the least!

This was followed by a nature walk through the forest on the coast… this was gorgeous!

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We walked back to Leirvick from the beautifulย Hystadmarkjo nature reserve.

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Straight back to the hotel, quick Facebook fix, I nipped to the amazing shop next door which sold gorgeous trinkets and pretty things and picked up a few things for my house ๐Ÿ™‚ Showered and grabbed the next bus back to Rommetveit to the party in the college!

What a night it was! There was a glass of wine on arrival (me, drink white wine?! yeah it was sweet, therefore drinkable haha!), a delicious meal followed by dessert, a small photo-shoot, a slideshow of fun photos from the trip then speeches, live music, more drink, DJ music and lots of dancing!

Photo-shoot! some of team Ireland :)
Photo-shoot! some of team Ireland ๐Ÿ™‚

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funny faces!
funny faces!
the Kantine
the Kantine

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Live music- Carrie McCarthy
Live music- Carrie McCarthy
Bohemian Rhapsody ;)
Bohemian Rhapsody ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Me and Luk my Belgian friend :)
Me and Luk my Belgian friend ๐Ÿ™‚
Yes I drank pear cider! (why was there no vodka?! haha)
Yes I drank pear cider! (why was there no vodka?! haha)
LMFAO
LMFAO

The party was organised by a committee of students from the IP and I have to say they did a great job! Taxis picked us up from 1am and by 2.30am I was back in my hotel room, out for the count!

We were up at 6.45am to meet for breakfast, we were getting the speedboat up the fjords to bergen airport at 7.50am. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Sleepyheads get the speedboat...
Sleepyheads get the speedboat…

We got the plane from Bergen to London, a 3 hour stop-over (where I experienced a typical British dish, yum!) and then back to Dublin for 5.40pm. I was home by 7.30pm and in bed asleep by 9.30pm! Most of the Irish had hangovers (not this cat- I remembered to drink 2 bottles of water before hitting the pillow in Norway!).

I am sharing my audio portfolio from the trip also here… Have a listen, I’ve included sound massages, lapping of fjord water on the shore, Irish traditional live music, haunting Norwegian female vocal harmonies, dances and improvised music to paint to! Enjoy!

Back to college life at DkIT! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Walk by the Shore in Norway

Very busy with the preparations for the final performance in HSH tomorrow… We’ve been working hard creating films, dramas, music, dances and art and crafts.

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Today we went to Haugesund which is on another island about one hour from Stord and had a performance for the students at that campus. Haugesund was very pretty too.

Yesterday I went for a little walk around the campus here and took some pictures and recorded the sound of the shore. I will be including this sample in my new song which I’m nearly finished ๐Ÿ™‚

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Norway Adventures! Boats, Ghosts and Statues :)

Yesterday we had a tour around Kvaerner, the biggest oil rig on the planet! It was really interesting! The tour guides were so nice and welcoming, they even gave us gifts of fruit and 4GB USB sticks! Sooooo many people work there!

After this I had some free time to shop and walk around Leirvick town centre!

Loved this!
Loved this!
Leirvick at the harbour
Leirvick at the harbour
I enjoyed looking at the boats in Leirvick harbour
I enjoyed looking at the boats in Leirvick harbour
Shoppers! Tim from Belgium, Emma from Dundalk IT and myself :)
Shoppers! Tim from Belgium, Emma from Dundalk IT and myself ๐Ÿ™‚

After that we had a great museum trip! We visited Sunnhordland Museum, there we carved our very own key-holders like the ones used in the old days (travel was mainly by small boat! so if a person dropped their key into the water, it would float!)

Making the key-holders :) we keep them now :)
Making the key-holders ๐Ÿ™‚ we keep them now ๐Ÿ™‚
DkIT students proud of their finished key-holders!
DkIT students proud of their finished key-holders!

We also reconstructed a boat like this, sang a boat building song and learned the names of the parts in Norwegian! Here my recorded audio below!

build the boat
build the boat
finished!!!!! lets set sail hehehehe
Finished!!!!! lets set sail, hehehehe

We had a quick tour of the rest of the museum which was about living standards in ye olde Norwegian times!

Traditional outfits from different regions of Stord
Traditional outfits from different regions of Stord
Very pretty
Very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
Typical old Norwegian house
Typical old Norwegian house
Leirvick
Leirvick

The rest of the evening included deep, reflective discussions about what has inspired us the most about our trip so far and a lovely salmon dinner.

Today we had more intense workshops and beautiful weather! It’s much colder today, about 1 degree Celcius but the scenery is very beautiful. The college campus goes right to the shore and has a lovely forest walking trail which I got to explore ๐Ÿ™‚

The first workshop was sound massages! What is that?! Basically we made various sounds while walking around a bunch of students with their eyes closed… we were pretending to be ghosts! It was fun and very interesting! We also played a game called Statues and Ghosts, where half the group became statues and had to mimic the movements that the ghosts displayed to us! I made most of my statues hold Yoga poses, hehehe! This was also great fun. After that we told ghost stories.

There is a ghost story belonging to the college. The college is over 170 years old, when it was first built, a man with strict beliefs ran the institute. He believed in proper living, no drinking, no babies outside of wedlock, etc. When the college was running about 5 years or so, there was a young student who got a local girl pregnant. The dean was appalled and expelled the young man straight away, telling him to never return. The young man could not understand this and felt he did nothing wrong, but nonetheless he rowed away (transport as I mentioned earlier was by rowing boat). But the next day he came back, desiring to continue his education. The dean saw him rowing and went to meet him at the shore. Many boys saw the two in deep argument but no one ever saw the young man again. It is said perhaps he slipped into the water or something more sinister happened. No one ever found out. The child was born soon after and when he was old enough, he asked his mother where his father was. She told him that he was rowing to the college every day and there, the boy waited in hope every day…

Sad story!

The shore
The shore
Deep sorrow
Deep sorrow
The path leading to the campus
The path leading to the campus
College
College
The harbour to the college
The harbour to the college
Sunshine
Sunshine

Inspired by this ghost story, we created a short film and recorded live audio using musical instruments non musically. Very interesting experience!

The next workshop was pinhole photography. We learned how to use a pinhole camera and the history of this art form. We were then invited to walk around the campus and take photos, exposure time was 2:30 minutes because of the bright weather. I haven’t got the scanned photo here but I will share it as soon as I can! This very interesting also for me!

The rest of the evening we spent preparing for our performance in Bergen tomorrow! We will spend the weekend there and return to Stord Sunday night for more intensive workshops and preparations for our final performance next weekend.

Snow!
Snow!
Pretty
Pretty

Adventures Begin in Norway Erasmus IP!

Today was class! I’m exhausted! Sleeping pattern is still messed up (I can never sleep properly during college holidays- I know this isn’t a holiday but I’m not in my regular college routine, if you know what I mean!), I got about 4 hours sleep again last night and I’m still not ready to hit the hay yet! I can’t switch off! (I need to sit in lectures or the studio to actually get tired haha!).

Anyway I’m in my cosy room in Norway, chilling out on my super-soft bed, in my pj’s, nibbling some dark chocolate, thinking about today’s adventures! Homesickness has passed and I’m starting to feel settled in!

Adorable wooden figures our host makes for a hobby!
Adorable wooden figures our host makes for a hobby!

This morning we started the workshops, first up was drama! Whenever I hear the word “drama” or “acting”, I have a tendency to become extra rigid! But this morning was different, the atmosphere was warm, friendly and for once in my life, I didn’t feel silly! I don’t think I should blog about the group activities in case I spoil it for the students who will have this workshop on Thursday! It was great fun and it felt good!

After lunch we had the next workshop which was a freestyle painting and improvisation musical collaboration. Basically we put on sexy boiler suits (lol) and prepared to get messy with buckets of paints, using our hands, feet, bodies, sticks and brushes to express ourselves on a canvas on the wall.

We're sexy and we know it! ;)
We’re sexy and we know it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was horrified at the thought of getting filthy with smelly paint and felt a bitย claustrophobicย in the small room. It was a bit much for me actually! We were joined by our fellow students who performed an improvised piece of music on various instruments (congas, wood blocks, keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, ceramic jug, shakers and an upright piano with the back taken off to expose the strings).

Workshop
Workshop

It was decided by the group that the colours we would paint would reflect the music, each student would listen to a particular instrument and paint however they felt. The purpose was to build communication between the two disciplines, the art on the wall and floor being a direct emotional response to the music.

Art inspired by improvised music
Art inspired by improvised music
The floor was also a canvas..
The floor was also a canvas..

I recorded the audio from the second set, where I was playing a woodblock. I found this more enjoyable than actually painting because it was chaotic! I got a chance to take pictures too… It was an interesting experience.

Belgian student Hannah clearly enjoyed herself!
Belgian student Hanne clearly enjoyed herself!

Following this we had a massive clean-up operation and a group reflection with discussions about this exercise. We suggested ways it could be improved and what was inspiring about it.

Seรกn now has unique runners!
Seรกn now has unique runners!

Pizza time! We had the best pizza ever delivered, thanks to the organisation of lovely Oded! Everyone was mixing really well, all tables in the Kantine were actually a mix of international students, everyone was laughing, joking and sharing pizzas.

Taking a peek around the classrooms in the music department :)
Taking a peek around the classrooms in the music department ๐Ÿ™‚

And after this we had a concert. The Norwegian students performed a half an hour set of rehearsed ensembles which included traditional tunes, rock, folk, guitar and duets. The stage was then open to everyone for an jam session, songs were sung, more traditional tunes were played, there was dancing, laughing and chatting. I recorded some of this on my Zoom Handy recorder!

Concert :)
Ensemble performance ๐Ÿ™‚
Irish, Norwegian and Belgian musicians jam
Irish, Norwegian and Belgian musicians jam

And so here I am! It’s almost midnight already and I should at least try to get to sleep! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to tomorrow’s field trip and free time to explore Leirvick! (I haven’t gotten any snaps of Norway’s incredible scenery yet!).

Miss my friends, family and lecturers back home but not enough to want to leave just yet! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hej! Yoe! Well!!! Erasmus IP Trip to Norway Starts!

Hej! Yoe! Well!!!

Yesterday 18 excited students from Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland travelled to the beautiful island of Stord, Norway. The trip is a 2 week intensive programme (CREAL- Creative and Aesthetic Learning Processes) in which international relationships are formed through creative collaborations, workshops, group work, activities, cultural experiences and performances. Part 1 of the programme took place last year when the students from Stord Haugesund University College, Norway and Artesis, Belgium came to DkIT.

giddy in terminal 2, Dublin ;)
giddy in terminal 2, Dublin ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our journey was 14 hours long, starting from the bus that brought us from the college to Dublin airport. We got the plane from Dublin to London and transferred there to catch the 5.00pm flight to Bergen (the 2nd biggest city in Norway). I actually slept through most of that flight after a reading a few chapters of Hitchhikers Guide…, though I had some strange, half awake dreams!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

travel!
travel!

We arrived in Bergen “The Gateway to the Fjords” (some snow still there and crazy huge icicles clinging to the sides of the rocky hill walls that lined the roads) and caught 2 buses (one of which was called a flybussen! I like that word!!!). The 2nd bus journey was 2 hours long but it didn’t feel so long because we got the ferry to the island of Stord in that journey. We were allowed to leave the bus and walk around the ferry as we pleased! I haven’t been on a ferry in YEARS and I loved it! I loved the fresh, cold air, the wind would take your breath away… I loved the sound of the waves crashing against us, I only wished it wasn’t 11pm at night! It was so dark, all I could see was the dark water around us and an even darker island in the near distance ๐Ÿ™‚ Onboard it was warm and spacious! The ferry did sway a lot near the end of the journey and some students were looking rather green, I actually felt sleepy! I would have sat there for longer but we actually arrived at Stord after 35 minutes! (hopefully we’ll get the ferry again in daylight!).

Ferry! :)
Ferry! ๐Ÿ™‚

We arrived in Leirvick just after midnight in the pouring rain and brought to the home were will we send the first week! I’m lucky to have my own room and share the house with Amy, my music production classmate! The couple we are staying with are soooooo lovely, they made us tea and light sandwiches and chatted with us until at least 1.30am! Their house is simply beautiful, I love Norwegian decor, so much timber and lovely angles and windows and little, soft lights! I want a house like this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bergen at night (not a great snap but you can see the city on the mountain... amazing in reality!)
Bergen at night (not a great snap but you can see the city on the mountain… amazing in reality!)

After a good nights sleep, we met the entire IP group (Belgian students and Norwegian students) in the auditorium. Following the welcome talks and introductions we had a tour around the beautiful campus in small groups. The music rooms look super! (Personally delighted that the studio runs Logic Pro!) It was great to see the arts rooms (woodwork, ceramics, textiles to mention a few) and the students brand new gym!

We had lunch in the Kantine and then we had ice breakers. These were lots of little games so everyone could meet each other, there were many laughs as we lost our inhibitions while acting as cowboys and geisha girls! It was a different way to meet people, something I had never done before! Any worries or awkwardness that there may have been were washed away after all the little games!

Hej! :)
Hej! ๐Ÿ™‚

After that we had interesting presentations about our home countries and an energetic Zumba class!

My favourite moment was the icebreaker game when we made a little pretend film and performed it for the entire group! It was completely improvised! Everyone was laughing and smiling and there was a lovely, warm atmosphere. It was great to take part in a group and do something I wouldn’t normally do! (Let myself go!)

Having fun!
Having fun!
yep, thats me looking rather silly but it was good fun!!!
yep, thats me looking rather silly but it was good fun!!!

I also enjoyed learning the childrens nursery rhyme “Lille Petter Edderkopp”! Really cool to sing in Norwegian, hehe!

Tired now, can’t ย wait for the workshops tomorrow! I’ve made lots of new friends already and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

Check this out:ย Bringar europeisk kreativitet saman – nyheter fra HSH.

Happy out! ๐Ÿ˜‰