"It must be fantastic to be able to have your hobby as a job" is something photographers sometimes hear. And often we gut-react by taking offense. It is not an easy job, and we often have to work hard for little money and no job security. But I think the reaction may come from something else. I notice around me that life often seems to be a competition in being miserable at work, and the more you suffer to make a living, the more deserving you are. For me, there is nothing I'd rather do than photograph. I get to have conversations with people I would otherwise not even meet, I get to see new places, I constantly get my preconceptions challenged, I make new good friends through work, I keep memories for myself and others, I get to witness pieces of history, and sometimes I get paid to do so. My life floats seamlessly between the private and professional spheres, and that is exactly how I want it. It is indeed fantastic to have been able to turn my hobby into a profession and to be able to look forward more to Monday morning than Friday afternoon.
Running isn't exactly my favorite thing to do, but photographing it interests me. Since my last participant observer gig, in the Transylvanian mountains, I have barely taken a running step. However, I'm easily talked into these things, so who knows. A few shots from Stockholm Midnight Race, as a spectator.