OSLO, NORWAY | LOVE, THE COULSON'S

Kesh was scared of flying before she met me. Then, we flew a whole bunch and the fear left. Today, it came back though. The pilot warned us of the anticipated turbulence before we left the ground and Kesh started to feel nervous. Mid ascent, she told me to hold her hand and asked me to talk to her about anything.

I asked her what she thought our regular hang out would be if we moved to New York. She told me it would be Eataly and within seconds, we were talking about the Prime Rib Roll that changed my life and hers.

Kesh's anxiety left and she reminded herself that we've taken somewhere in the vicinity of 60 flights together.

While I type, we're flying over Denmark, out of Oslo and into Paris. I'm sitting in the row in front of Kesh and Roo and their heads keep popping over the head rests, filled with smiles. And we're talking about moving to New York. It's the city I can't get out of my mind.

We're considering entering the lottery for a Visa, so I can work in the States for a little while. Maybe six months, maybe a year, maybe more. And maybe not at all. But maybe. For me, life is possibility.

Oslo was beautiful. We caught trains and buses and walked a whole bunch. I'm kinda bummed we didn't get out of the city and north to the crazy fjords that I dreamt of but I've vowed to come back and do Norway properly. I've also been shooting film, which won't be blogged until we get home (so I can get it scanned) so here's what I shot on my digital gear.

























42 comments:

  1. you are so in love with your family. it shows. and it's beautiful.

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  2. tim i was just thinking about how it feels like we're friends. you put into words things i think all the time. your family is beautiful, your pursuit is beautiful, and your images are beautiful. i'm from centerville so we do have a few friends in common, like clark walker and tyler andrews. also, i believe we have a few australian friends/acquaintances in common as well. enjoy paris!

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  3. I can't help but hope that you do move to NYC. Because I can't help but hope that it would mean I'd have a greater chance of meeting you and your cute family someday. Love following your adventures and your art.

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  4. Your pictures and words are beautiful!

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  5. Oh I am SO excited to see your film photos…I’ll be they will be incredible Tim. You are so true about living the dream, it’s all about visualisation and action, if you can see yourself doing it, you can do it as far as I’m concerned!

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  6. Your family is beautiful. I am so inspired by the way you are living your dream. Not only that, but that you are taking your family with you wherever you go so that you can be together.

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  7. well too bad you didn't get any good photos in there....ha! stunning as usual. Glad you and Kesh have each other. And that you have Roo too. xo

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  8. Adoring Roo's leather baby cons!

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  9. BEAUTIFUL family inside and out!

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  10. These photos are something else! So awesome! Can't wait to see how your film pics turn out! Safe Travels Coulsons!

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  11. lovely. your words today resonant just as powerfully as your images. My husband has lived a simialr journey to yours, believing he could live his dream, be his own boss and run his own business. Now, together we are moving our family to a place we want, to live how we want and hopefully one day travel and take our children to many a beautiful place. Bless you Coulson Family x

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  12. absolutely gorgeous... every single bit!

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  13. Love Kesh's red shoes! And also I love how your family loves to document - it's so so important, and it's incredibly amazing to see someone doing it beautifully.

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  14. Gosh hasn't Roo changed lately! I wonder as his dad if you see it as much as I can through your photos. He seems to have lost that baby look and is turning into a boy. Beautiful.
    Rhi

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  15. WHat a magnificent adventure you're having! Now while you're on holidays and in the everyday as you live your lives. You and Kesh have always been so incredibly humbled by the opportunities that have come to you but you have worked so very hard for them. Suck the marrow out of this life brilliant people! :) xx

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  16. i love the way you photograph daily life - i hope one day my images turn out at good as these! :)

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  17. all of your photographs are so full of magic. love the words you share and the sweet moments from your lovely family life.

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  18. I particularly love the wide view shot of Kesh and Roo in stroller, hand on her head, fence and beautiful house behind her. A close up wouldn't have the same impact, and if they weren't in the shot it would only be environment. You do environmental portraiture exceedingly well.

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  19. Holy moly, these photos are breathtaking! Love the blue Porsche, love every photo of Kesh and Roo too!

    xx

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  20. And my lovely Kesh, for the record, I've literally been on hundreds of flights and I still get butterflies each and every single time. I'm better when I'm with my kids, but struggle on my own.

    Stupid enclosed spaces!!

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  21. Baby Roo is so cute! Love the shots!

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  22. Beautiful little family and pictures!

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  23. it looks amazing, what made you guys choose oslo?

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  24. you really think everybody has the same chance of living his/her dream as some white dude from australia, who, obviously, was raised by a loving family and all? think again.

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    1. I really do. And another thing I believe really strongly is that your skin colour doesn't make you a success. Black or white. If you've got the drive, nothing is impossible.

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    2. i don't think skin colour doesn't matter either, but as a white, educated male in the western world you get tons of potential success points just for being born. i know that it takes courage to live like you do (i was also raised very well and am not all all as adventurous and often amazed by your schedule), but i genuinely don't think everybody has that chance. in the end it sounds like 'they are not trying enough', which is (not always) the reason for living a life that's different to your own. maybe in the western world.
      it's good that you can live the life you want. and i'm sure you've earned it. it's special anyway that work+ determination pay off.

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    3. I definitely agree with a lot of what you say. I just want to clarify that what I said was anyone is capable of living their dream. Not that it's equally possible, or equally as simple - just that it's possible. And like I said, I believe in possibility.

      I'm really sorry for my tone, if it sounded in any way like there are people in the world not trying enough. That is not my belief at all. I know that my life has been blessed beyond comprehension and that's something I'm eternally grateful for.

      I guess what I'm really trying to say is that if you have a dream (and I don't even know that everyone does) you should go for it. Maybe I should have said it like that, rather than the way I did.

      I really appreciate your input though. Thanks so much.

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  25. lovely words + an even lovelier family. roo + mesh + you are all so happy and sweet together. a true picture of what FAMILY means. :)

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    1. mesh?? what the crap. SCREW YOU AUTOCORRECT.
      KESH.
      kesh.

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  26. this is so beautiful. you and your family inspires me. hope to someday be real life friends. xx

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  27. You don't know how happy these pictures make me! they're beautiful and your family is precious. Kesh is also a beaut!

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  28. can i just say i am in love with your photography? i love how you make everyday moments feel so airy and warm and bright. wonderful post x
    - Jianine

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  29. So beautiful. The pictures, the words. The way you squeeze everything from life is truly an inspiration Tim. And Kesh. I'm obsessed with that black dress you're wearing. I've been searching for a dress like that with sleeves FOREVER!! Where oh where did you find it? x

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  30. Oh, tim. I like you so much. But implying that anyone could be traveling the world with a gorgeous wife and adorable baby and doing their dream job... if they just took action... can't be what you truly believe. There is far too much suffering and injustice in the world to think that. People suffering cancer, abuse, intractable poverty... men working 80 hour weeks for minimum wage just to feed their children... It isn't just because they failed to dream or take action. Life is unequal. That's a fact. But that doesn't detract from the offering of beauty, light, and joy through art like yours.

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  31. such a photogenic stroller. i think they will forever be my favs.

    you guys are awesome. that lil man is a world traveler already!

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  32. These are gorgeous Tim.

    Happy Birthday Roo!

    Can I ask a Q - do you drop your images into a grid framework in photoshop & then output? I'm loving the layout.
    Amber.

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