the ever revolving world of the Norwegian Photographer Marori Morningstar who just happens to be out of his god damn mind.
"I just wanna feel real love,
feel the home that I live in.
'Cause I got too much life
running through my veins,
going to waste."
- Robbie Williams -
Whenever Awa enters the room all eyes are immediately fixed on her. She carries a certain youthful beauty that makes men plot and scheme as they make their way towards our table. After a few days by her side I can genuinely say I'm tired of the thirsty eligible bachelors who don't realise -or simply don't care- how transparent they come across, as they nod and pretend to be interested. Awa, in response always smile and laugh with them, seemingly effortlessly. I wonder what that does to a person. Never being able to say something wrong, always a coveted price, seldom seen as a true individual, actual and whole. I don't think I ever got to know the real Awa, I think she keeps that part just for herself and her family.
The little I did get to know was that of a joyful, funny, and smart young lady.
We took these pictures of her and Fede; a handsome and gentle man who jumped screaming into the swimming pool fully clothed, as Argentina barely scraped through the group stage of the World Cup 2018.
My life is richer having met them both.
"I am thinking it's a sign
that the freckles in our eyes
are mirror images
and when we kiss
they're perfectly aligned."
- The Postal Service -
Me and Jerry walked around in the park for an hour, talking and having fun. When we finally found a three that was in early bloom we decided to take some pictures. We placed our bags a few feet away and when we turned around a couple had taken our spot and started their own little photoshoot. We laughed and decided to sit down and watch them for 20 minutes. Then we took these.
"In a language you should know."
- Ljungblut -
In a month I'll be 31 years old. Now, I won't go and claim old age, but during those 31 years I've gained a little bit of wisdom and a little bit of knowledge. That things change, people grow older, and that you don't have to stay anywhere forever. Most of these pictures aren't exactly high quality art, but they are growing into historical documents to me, and for better or worse, they represent my life. For years I've taken my camera everywhere I go and tried to capture the little moments that eventually make up a life well lived. It's only in retrospect I can look back at them with a bittersweet taste in my mouth, and clearly see how they age with time. To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due. To 31 years, and a 100 more.
This is probably the first real photoshoot I had. In the pictures are 2 music artists who were working together at that time in Larvik, Norway. One being my brother. Shot with a borrowed camera.
This picture was taken in an attic using real pig's blood, which I can't imagine is safe to drench anyone in.
This picture is of the photographer Yoo Sun. We used to hang out quiet a bit back in the day. Until one day he just disappeared. I saw him again in Oslo last summer. He passed me on the street, and like two ex lovers we acknowledged each other's existence and quickly went on our way.
If fame is measured by the level of reach and recognition, then this is arguably my most famous work. It has been "stolen" numerous times and used in several ways. Posters for raves, graffiti workshops, and most notably, as a Mt Eden thumbnail on youtube (where's my youtube dollarzz?). I don't mind it to be honest. It's funny to see my friend's face in all these weird places.
Some pictures come from nowhere at all. This fellow found his poker glasses, an old military uniform, and his hunting rifle. We decided that was good enough. And looking back at it, it sure was.
I started experimenting with macro photography, and decided to buy a package of army men. I never really did too much of macro after that, and this feels as the only one I really got close to right.
This was prior to a costume party (hence the Slots beer in the background). Not sure what to say about the subject in the picture, other than thank you, and may the road rise up to meet you.
I made this jacket in my HIM fan days and had the opportunity to use it in a picture when a friend of mine took a liking to the picture. Also worth to note that this picture was shot in a laundromat.
Stavanger. The rapper is Ukjent, now known as Larro. I've always had a great love for LA photographer Estevan Oriol's visual style. So we took a walk through Stavanger, and in true Estevan spirit, shot using gritty, dirty backdrops, and improvising the whole shoot.
At a party in Trondheim. This couple later married and had a kid.
This was the last days of Infinite records (Note, the infinity sign on the wall), a Larvik hip-hop collective/record company that released around 10 albums over the span of 10 years. People would often come to the studio to either drink, play poker, or record songs.
Oslo Grand Hotel. Smoking out the window.
Folken, Stavanger. The band on stage is Ash. I was a part of the photography group at the house, and as part of the deal I was allowed to shoot the band coming through for only the first 3 songs. Instead I decided to shoot the other photographers franticly trying to get all the pictures they needed.
London. Later in my life I've grown an intense need to travel and see as much as I can. I hung out with these people for a solid week, but it feels like a lifetime ago, and I cannot for the life of me remember their names.
Norwegian Rapper Bru in the middle of a cornfield at 5 am in the morning. Me and a few friends where looking for a party, and Bru suggested we should go over to his place. Little did we know that meant hanging out with him and his twin friends in the middle of a field.
Morten The Maniac is a fakir, and performer. I shot this of him on a stage in Larvik. Pretty sure that needle went through his chin or eyebrow.
I love taking pictures at parties. I remember in 2004 people used to love it, then in 2008 they didn't mind. Nowadays most people seem to get very annoyed and tell me not to take any pictures. Funny how much smart phones and the internet have impacted our lives.
A picture of my mom
Tattoo artist John Anderton. He guest worked at my brother shop 7 years ago, and we hit it off. We shot a few pictures together as he was eager to learn about most areas in visual arts. We got drunk and stumbled through Larvik. Haven't talked to him since. I think we had a falling out, but as Amanda Palmer once sang: "I can't seem to keep them all straight. I've forgotten which people I like, And which people I hate"
Growing up with a military granddad was nothing of what you would think it was. He was kind, funny, and loved to take me and my brother out on adventures. Coming from a patch work family there aren't too much I am proud of in terms of accomplishment. One is to have a great-granddad who gave his life in the second world war in the merchant navy, another is my granddad who grew up without a father, adamant to serve his country to make sure we never again get invaded. He was my granddad and I miss him dearly.
A great friend of mine smoking.
Skotta, 7 years ago was a magical place. Most magical places don't exist simply in locations, but also in time. And the time was right for Skotta. We used to play pub-quizzes, and the entire town would show up and drink into the night. I guess they still do, the time just ran out on my part.
Skotta. People don't go topless at parties anymore, looking back at this picture I'm kinda glad they don't.
Yoga Fire at John Dee in Oslo. I only had a compact camera to the show and did my best to capture the moment. Yoga Fire was and is to me the perfect Norwegian band, too bad they lost momentum shortly after.
This is Magdi from Karpe Diem on stage in Larvik.
Some pictures are better with no additional description.
Some party. I think this was around the time people started getting annoyed when photographed.
A band I once played in. We recorded an EP in the span of a weekend in Kristiansand, drinking nothing but beer, and arguing into the early morning. I think this picture was shot right after buying more beer at 10 am.
After hearing Bellman's "all that is beautiful" I was mesmerised and wanted to shoot him live. I've been lucky enough to do so on multiple occasions, and I never cease to enjoy his live shows.
Another concert without a proper camera. This is in Horten and of Oslo Ess. They performed an amazing set. I consider them another great Norwegian band, and I enjoy looking forward to their new releases.
Oslo used to have an awesome underground bar named "Paa jakt & fiske". At that place a "Martin Special" meant a shot with a small sample of all the liquor in the bar put together.
35mm in the studio in Oslo.
Playing poker in California.
This was supposed to be a group picture.
The great Rose-parade of July. Also the last time I shot press photographs (of which I never sold).
Dafting; Getting your friends together, buying some cheap inflatable boats, couple of six-packs of beer, and letting the current of the river do all the work.
Some bar. I love watching people interact in the late hours of the night.
Sometimes you pass out, but still have to finish that cigarette.
Self-portrait. Lyrics by the great Tom McGrae
Happy, drunk people. How I love them.
A beautiful day in the park.
This is of a friend of mine, and arguably a great strength in my life. I wanted to test out some more tilt shifting by unmounting my lense early a sunday morning and he was up for it. I have no idea why he doesn't have a shirt on.
The greatest pool player in the world.
That Goth girl hated me all through the party, and I'm pretty sure the couple on the left was plastered.
I'm not usually mesmerised by writings on a wall. But this one captured my eye.
My good friend Nathan playing bass in the early morning.
One of these two guys is more hungover than the other.
A friend recording reverb in a train station in Oslo. 4:30 am, before rush hour.
We went and got Boba tea in the cold grey streets of Oslo and talked the day away. I love the fact my shadow's in the picture. I must be getting sloppy.
My beautiful daughter.
Paul punching a heavy bag.
"Around the millennium, largely due to the (musical) progression in
the US and Sweden, there was a wave of Norwegian-language rap
that was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful."
- Norwegian dictionary -
It's a strange thing looking back at your past.
The number 2004 doesn't really mean anything to me, it's just a number. Like 2007 or 2012. There's something puzzling about the new millennium that has seeped into our collective consciousness. Example: American Graffiti is a movie made in the 70's about the innocence of the 60's. Or GTA: Vice City, a video game from '02 about the mafia lifestyle of the neon 80's. Yet, when it comes to anything after 2001 it doesn't really stand out for most of us. Movies like the Social Network might be a major exception in dealing with the feel of a decade, but I think you get my drift.
The last 16 years feel like one big mess that we could simply label "The Internet era". It's therefore interesting to look back and realise how much time has past, how so much really has changed.
There was once a thriving hip-hop scene in the small town of Larvik. 200 to 300 people would regularly attend the organised "jams" in the area, to the point where it would attract big underground acts from the US. CD's were still being sold back then, and local rappers would print up their albums and sell it personally to attendees or in the middle of the street if you happened to meet them. Times have changed and it's hard to tell just who of us is on stage and who is in the crowd anymore, and maybe that's a good thing. But I digress. Let's have a look at the Norwegian Hip-Hop scene in 2004. Well over a decade ago.
"Du blir lei av kake og, ikke sant, så, så vi lager kneip."
- Fenriz -
Hi guys! So sorry for the lack of updates on the blog, (and Facebook too I guess), as most people I've gotten a bit bored with social media (don't worry i won't make a big "go hipster" speech) and so i've been a bit on the low with sharing everything with everyone all the time. Also, several of the projects I've been doing lately have been things that I can't really share here. BUT let's talk about something I CAN share. Shot this amazing band not long ago. Great people and I had a blast to the extent where the actual work and just having fun became a big grey blur. If you want to support the band check out this site and have a look. So without more ado, here are the pictures.
"Som det strålar från ditt hjärta,
Som en motorväg av ljus."
- Kent -
Took a couple of pictures of this beautiful girl in the park. She had a breathtaking smile so i had to steal it for my blog. Oh, it's also shot with an analog camera. I've been playing around with 35mm for some years now. It has its ups and downs, but i would recommend any photographer starting out (or not) to try shooting with film. You learn so much, and you probably only have another 10 years before they shut down all the factories. I've been a bit slow on the updates, sorry for that. At least i'm not spamming you on Instagram with pictures of me on a beach, or working out. Jeez, who works out anymore? In 20 years, we'll all be robots anyways! Take care.
"People have forgotten this truth,' the fox said. 'But you mustn't forget it.
You become responsible forever for what you've tamed. You're responsible for
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry -
Joyful day in the park with these two awesome little models.
I know I'm getting old, cuz I had difficulties keeping up with them.
"As simple as a secret being told, told to everyone but me."
- Blue October -
More stuff from your favorite, well maybe somewhere in your top 25, photographer!. So anyways, this post will be a short one. Not sure how many of these pictures I can post without getting into trouble, so I'll just publicize the ones that the clients have done as well. See what i did there? I'm playing it safe! So these are from my work with Nordic State, and byVik. Both clients were so helpful and wonderful, the models were so talented and a joy to work with! Oh, and be sure to pick up some of the clothes when you can.
So without further ado.
"How long will I want you?
As long as you want me to,
And longer by far."
- The Waterboys -
Hello guys! Your favorite Marori here!
Today i bring you cute and mushy news: I worked with this fantastic couple from Tønsberg. They got married this the summer, and I was called in to be a part of the wedding. And what a wedding it was! I had a total blast. There's something inherently sweet and corny (in a good way) about marriages, especially summer ones. The blue sky, white flowers, kissing, smiling, gayness (in the old sense of the word), oh, and alcohol! It's like The Notebook in a whiskey glass. And I love it! Anyways, so i tagged along as the little fly on the wall and captured what I could. And by what-i-could, I mean a LOT. The package the client got contains far more pictures than shown here. I just thought you'd like a taste of summer wedding. So, I hope you enjoy these photographs about love and expensive dresses. And then you get back to basking in the sun!
USS Morningstar out!
"You can't be wise and in love at the same time."
- Bob Dylan -
Blessed salutations, Marorionettes!.. Marorios?!... Morningstars?... Dear readers!
Today was a pretty nice day. I went and developed some film down at the store (I'm a hipster!), watching all the weird people doing weird people stuff in the city on the walk down. Then i finished the trip with a great sushi dinner. Yum, yum! A week ago i worked with some lovely and funny girls in Stavern. Got to run around in the sun, surrounded by laughter, smiles, and champagne! felt like i had stumbled into someone else's girly blog. Great day! great girls!
In other news, there are a lot of posts that will be coming up. But as always they have to be cleared by third parties.
So patience my young Padawan!
"So here he lies at the last. The deathbed convert.
The pious debauchee. Could not dance a half measure, could I?
Give me wine, I drain the dregs and toss the empty bottle at the world.
Show me our Lord Jesus in agony and I mount the cross and
steal his nails for my own palms.
There I go, shuffling from the world. My dribble fresh upon the bible.
I look upon a pinhead and I see angels dancing.
Well? Do you like me now?
Do you like me now?"
- The Libertine -
After falling down the rabbit hole of my archives yet again, i've compiled a little set of old projects. Most of them are dead, (which is why i feel i can finally show them) while some are alive and kicking (Old man Morningstar, and "Den Svarte Mil" to name a few). I juggle a lot of different roles in most of the projects i undertake, and so i thought this would be nice way to showcase them. Enjoy!
Event poster - Photograph, logo, and design.
Event poster - Photograph, logo, and design.
Club poster - Photograph, and design.
Club poster - Photographs, logo, and design.
Fake book cover for a photo exhibit - Photographs, and design (Logo from "The Lesser
key of Solomon" - Unknown).
Fake book cover for a photo exhibit - Photographs, and design. ("Pauline Table of
Practice" from "The Lesser key of Solomon" - Unknown).
Podcast promotional poster - Photograph, logo and design.
Web-series promotional poster - Photograph, logo, and design.
Album cover quick sketch - Design, and logo (Picture "Peacekeeper missile testing" by the
Album cover quick sketch - Photograph, and design.
Album cover quick sketch - Design, and logo. (Picture from Illusion City - by Yukio
"I don't wanna get up early, or go get a job.
I just want to sleep all day, party hard.
Call up a girl that i used to sleep with.
Straight to the point, that's fucking easy."
- A-lee -
The sun has just risen and i am slightly hungover. Last night started with pizza, wine and bowling, and... Well anyways! It feels like the summer is finally here! A good friend of mine has just dropped a great summer single; "New Day." Which all you party people can find here. (I shot the cover for it) I also did some promo pictures and went with him on the shooting of his new music video for the same song (coming soon). And i had a blast! Sunny weather, awesome crew, and lots of laughs. Oh, and i got to geek out with the DP about lenses! how great isn't that? (Yes, i'm a nerd) Anyhow, i took a ton of pictures, some of which magically found their way onto this blog ;) So i hope you guys enjoy them :) And then turn off your phone and go play in then sun!
""Now you're telling me you're not nostalgic.
Then give me another word for it.
You, who are so good with words,
and at keeping things vague."
- Joan Baez -
The lovely Anette-Marie returns :) We shot these in old school style with hard lighting.
Be sure to check out more of Anette-Marie Antonsen here.
"The most dangerous drink is gin.
You have to be really, really careful with that.
And you also have to be 45, female and sitting on the stairs.
Because gin isn't really a drink, it's more a mascara thinner.
'Nobody likes my shoes! I made... I made fifty... fucking vol-au-vents,
and not one of you... not one of you... said thank you.'
And my favourite: 'Everybody, shut up. Shut up! This song is all about me.'"
- Dylan Moran -
Had a great shoot with a bachelorette party the other day. Happy and lovely girls
who made my job a lot easier. Here are a few of the pictures i took. Cheers!
Took a couple of pictures for the Tønsberg Vikings the other day, whom were up against
Frisk Asker. Great game, with lots of hits. Tried to shoot in a style as far away from
regular press as possible. Yes i'm a hipster.
Anyways, I picked out a few for you guys to enjoy!
"Do you know me, Shadow" said Wednesday. He rode his wolf with his head high. His
right eye glittered and flashed, his left eye was dull. He wore a cloak with a deep, monklike
cowl, and his face stared out from the shadows. "I told you I would tell you my names.
This is what they call me. I am called Glad-of-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am
One-Eyed. I am called Highest, and True-Guesser. I am Grimnir, and I am the Hooded
One. I am All-Father, and I am Gondlir Wand-Bearer. I have as many names as there are
winds, as many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn,
Thought and Memory; my wolves are Freki and Geri; my horse is the gallows." Two
ghostly-gray ravens, like transparent skins of birds, landed on Wednesday's shoulders,
pushed their beaks into the side of Wednesday's head as if tasting his mind, and flapped
out into the world once more. What should I believe thought Shadow, and the voice came
back to him from somewhere deep beneath the world, in a bass rumble: Believe everything.
"Odin" said Shadow, and the wind whipped the word from his lips.
"Odin," whispered Wednesday"
- Neil Gaiman -
"Sick of the strength that it takes to keep going.
Sick as I'm losing this fight and it's showing."
- Tom Morello -
Somewhere in a Los Angeles parking lot they just dump their cars in the top floor for years
and years. Over time they've gathered dust, and so once in a while someone'll walk by and
write on them. This speaks volumes about the human condition. What, i don't know. We
eventually came across a security officer and asked him why those cars were allowed
abandoned, and then left there for so many years. His answer was kinda complex and
boring, the mystery; so much more fun. Which is why i'm not going to tell you!
Enjoy the pictures.
"I think of you in motion and just how close you are getting,
And how every little thing anticipates you.
All down my veins my heart-strings call;
Are you the one that I've been waiting for?"
- Nick Cave -
Stavern in the summer is pure magic.
I shot some pictures for a couple, some months ago,
and i had a blast all trough the entire day!
Gorgeous light, beautiful colors, and last but not least, fantastic people. :)
Picture i took for the cover of Tonna Brix "Løvetannbarn"