Artists' Statement

We share a love of travel, whether across an ocean or around the corner.  We love the discovery of new places, tastes, smells, and experiences.  New vistas.  Opening up our senses and trying to understand and connect in some small way with a place and people, and the moment.  Celebrating  the humanity and beauty that exists, both near and far.  
And we share a passion for visual storytelling. 
It’s about looking for the surprising and interesting in what’s all around us.  Using a camera lens and words to try to capture a bit of that beauty and truth.  And bringing back a small piece of what that ‘other’ was like to be cherished, and shared with others. 
     - Pete & Sølvi - 
 
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”  -  Jack Kerouac 

Artists' Bio

We are a husband and wife team, from both California's San Francisco Bay Area and above the Arctic Circle in far northern Norway.  We somehow found each other and have made a life together across four continents.  It’s been interesting.  We’re both earth scientists, but also have a passion for art and visual storytelling.  We love exploring, experiencing new places, and making connections with people whenever we travel.  The sights, sounds, tastes and smells can be intoxicating  .  .  .  and sometimes not, but the challenges that may accompany a journey are part of what makes it all worthwhile.  Whether it’s to a destination that is new to us, or we’re revisiting a well-known and much-loved spot. 
Recently we lived several years in New Delhi, India, and used that as a base to explore the subcontinent and venture further afield across Asia.  We embraced our time there; it’s a diverse region with a rich history.  Travel was good but we never tired of exploring Delhi itself.  Many a weekend morning would find us in the city's old quarter – Old Delhi – wandering the labyrinthine streets at dawn with cameras as the city woke up. 
Our journey continues.  We now live in the US on its third coast – the Gulf Coast – where we’ve settled in an eclectic small-town neighborhood from the late 1800s in the big city of Houston. 
We enjoy trying to capture some small measure of our experiences through writing and our camera lenses.  Collected here are a few photographs and stories from parts of that journey.  Stay tuned for more.  We hope you enjoy sharing some of these experiences.  And we’d like to hear from you as well. 
     - Pete & Sølvi - 
 
“Practice any art . . . no matter how well or badly . . . to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”   -  Kurt Vonnegut  

© 2019 by Peter A & Sølvi E Hansen

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