Photographer's Note

This picture is really a joke, but maybe it will teach someone something about the world.

I was inspired by a photo I saw the other day at another photo site, where I am not active. A former TE member had taken a picture of the Norwegian Prime Minister from just a few meters distance and was amazed that it was possible to get so close.

That made me think of this head. It belongs to the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. It was taken in 1978 when the King, at the age of 32, visited Gothenburg to formally open a new suburban centre. I was studying at the Gothenburg Faculty of journalism at that time, and since we were producing newspaper dummies that week, a classmate and I grabbed our cameras and went to the suburb to see if there was anything interesting going on.

We tried, of course, to get as close as possible. I was quite successful because suddenly I found myself walking just two meters behind the King, both of us surrounded by bodyguards. I had time to point my Canon shotgun at him and take this photo before I was grabbed by the arm and literally thrown away. But I was not arrested and not even questioned and could go on taking pictures, although from a slightly safer distance, maybe five meters.

Years later I was actually introduced to the King (in India of all places, during a state visit), but naturally he didn't recognize me, since he never knew what was going on behind his back.

A more regular photo of the King from that day can be seen in a ws.

Both pictures were scanned from Ilford FP4 negatives.

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