Stockholm, Sweden‘s chic riverside capital, has to be one of my favorite places to visit as a photographer. Built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, each neighborhood possesses its own charm and distinct character.
Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s beautifully preserved old town, is a place out of time. Its charming streets and crooked alleys are filled with shops and cafes housed in pastel-colored buildings that shine in the summer sunshine. Despite several trips to Europe, it’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that people actually live and work in buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years. At the Royal Palace—an impressive baroque fortress on the north of the island—I snapped some photos of the Royal Guard, resplendent in their bright-blue uniforms.
As I enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city, I brought my camera with me everywhere I went—knowing I could sell my pictures on stock websites later and fund future trips.
Part of my trip to Stockholm included a four-day cruise through the Baltic Sea to Estonia and Russia. The trip began and ended cruising through the Stockholm Archipelago, a collection of about 20,000 islands and islets along the Swedish coast—lush and green and dotted with distinctive red, wooden vacation cottages. All along the islands’ coasts, sailboats, kayaks, and canoes were tied up to wooden docks, or sailing amid the breath-taking scenery.
There were many lighthouses, my favorite photography subject, both on the islands or seemingly floating on their own in the middle of the Baltic Sea. The lighthouses looked impossibly tiny from the high deck of the cruise ship, until I saw the Vallersvik lighthouse perched near a two-story house and had a better sense of their true scale, smaller than many here in the United States. I sell the photos of these lighthouses through a fine art website. Last week, Vallersvik’s lighthouse owner’s daughter messaged me and invited me to call in for coffee the next time I was in the area.
I have sold many images from my trip, both as stock and fine art, with those from the Stockholm Archipelago being my best sellers. My most profitable photograph is a canvas print of moored boats, vacation cottages, and a gazebo reflected in the still waters of the Baltic Sea. This goes for $285 on a website that sells canvas prints of photographs.
Stockholm is the ideal place to visit for someone like me who loves being on the water and snapping photos. Next time, I plan to rent a cottage on one of the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, and hope to drink a coffee on the deck of that lighthouse.
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