Hi, I'm Lone. I’m an author, photographer & speaker, living on the crossroads of body, identity, art, culture and change. I’m passionate about human freedom and how to remain a free spirit in a fearful world.
I'm also an adventurous soul, life to me is a sense of journey, a story waiting to unfold, discoveries to be made.
My game is intimate liberation. My medium is storytelling – words, visuals, voice – applying the art of seeing and power of story to shape, touch and transform us. Or... just let us look at things a little differently.
At the core of my work is “identity” – exploring and understanding who we are in our multitudes, what we belong to, what we hold sacred, how we change and let ourselves love, what we love.
The mainstream, dogmatic, formulaic path doesn't sway me, nor do I swoon by our culture’s glossy lifestyle images of success. I’m more interested in the untamed, unsaid, unseen. And what happens when we drop the popular storyline and begin to listen for the one beneath surface.
It's within our imagination, creativity and love, all those things that make us human, possibility dwells. Somewhere between your dream and reality, I want to witness your splendor as you dare, be, seen, heard. Honest. Real. Nothing to defend.
Above all, I hope to inspire you to honor your spirit and set your own vital words, visions and ways free.
A bit about my background:
Over the past 30 years, I’ve been living and working in Europe, Asia and America and had the opportunity to engage with different types of projects, places and people - a path that’s given me a profound sense of personal freedom, a rich, multi-cultural perspective and insight into especially women's identity and possibility around the world.
I like to joke that I was a child in Denmark, came of age in Nepal and grew up in America. In Denmark, University studies gave me a formal structure to lead projects from idea to execution and understand theories of politics and change. Young and inspired, I went to Nepal as a development associate with Care International and helped local organizations take charge of their own development. Meanwhile, my own identity matured, as I was tested amid the wild landscape and sacred culture of the Himalayas, and my value for the inner life began to take shape. Work brought me to America, love kept me there, and for the past 16+ years, I’ve come to know myself as a working artist, exploring creative entrepreneurship, storytelling, identity, womanhood, cultural and personal transformation through writing, photography and film in San Francisco.
Photography: A fascination with the power of light in visual storytelling brought me to analog black and white photography. I got myself an old Nikon F2 and on a spontaneous note, I had a friend photograph me for my then husband to make him a birthday gift and remind him of the woman he fell in love with. It was such a liberating experience for me, and I began photographing friends. I hit a nerve amongst women, who also needed to be seen in a loving light, and in 2004 I founded Lolo's Boudoir - a photo studio for women’s self-discovery. Since, more than a 1000 women of all ages and stages of life have sought my lensview to unveil and express their innermost selves. My forthcoming book Unveiled chronicles our intimate encounters and the complex truths uncovered.
Writing: I’ve written personal essays for Danish, American and Nepalese magazines, newspapers and blogs. My stories have appeared in anthologies and in 2012 I published my memoir Seeing Red: A Woman's Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred – and my soul-baring quest for liberation within a patriarchal culture. Climbing both inner and outer mountains, it takes you to the holy Mt. Kailas in Tibet, through marriage in San Francisco, and into the arms of the fierce goddess Kali in Kathmandu.
Speaking: is like putting on an old pair of slippers or gathering with fellow travelers around the fire. I love to share, inspire and help others find levity and courage to break the molds, shift stuck stories, follow dreams, and free their spirits. Learn more about topics here.
A few other things about me: I've climbed mountains, rafted rivers, and dug my car out of a landslide. Once I got hitched by Elvis in Las Vegas. I have an accordion I can't really play. I am romantic and love surprises. Dance is my prayer. Paris my salvation. "The road" often feels most like home. Deep encounters nourish me. I am devoted to the journey, wherever it takes me, and staying attuned to the muses. I have a thing with old-fashioned mobiles. My heart beats for a more just, free and beautiful world.
What would you like to do?
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Looking forward to exploring and creating together...