Opened up some random folders. Found this… from seven years ago… it’s a strange, sweet feeling to realise how long I’ve been doing this. Nine years of photography. Some more successful than others. Lots of searching for whatever could be my “voice”. Still searching for it. Both by looking back and looking around me in the everyday life. And once in a while I find a photo from way back which seems to connect with me. It’s hard to describe what makes it do that and explain why some photos have that ability, and not others. But that’s the big task for every photographer I guess. To take and find those photos which pops out, communicates and means something to someone. If a photo means something for only the photographer, then it has achieved something. But hopefully by sharing them they will start mean something to other people as well.
Archive work tonight. Looking back. This one is from inside the monument to the battle of the nations in Leipzig.
The light was beautiful during the evening barbecue at a church gathering (CELC) at Lepikko near Vasa.
We had four hours to spend in Stockholm while waiting for the next train on our way to a church retreat in Småland. It would be nice to have even more to spend next time I get the chance to visit Stockholm. It’s a great place for street photography.
When the baby is asleep it’s possible to find time for some photography work, which is the case right now. I’m slowly starting to dig into the 2015 archive since it’s soon time for the annual the year in photos. This recent winter view from our kitchen window is one of the current candidates. I think it will be a collection dominated by “silent photos” with reflections and shapes such as this one. I think this year I’ve settled with the style I have. I’ve had to tell myself a photo doesn’t necessarily have to have a person in it to be interesting. And I think it’s when you’re able to settle with the style you have that you will start making good photographs, because they will be interesting to you and you will be motivated to continue. Why am I writing this? Because for some years I’ve searched and struggled with my photography because I took photographs in a certain way and published certain photos on this website because I was trying to please others in order to get work from them. This may have resulted in some good shots for sure, but since the motivation for taking the photographs was all wrong in the first place I didn’t find much joy in my photography. And when the joy disappears I think it will eventually show itself in most of the work. This year I’ve been able to break this trend and feel more free when choosing what and how to take photos. Therefore I’m looking forward to publish my favorites from 2015.
My familiar surroundings have started becoming too familiar for me. Ever since I moved to the village Västra Spöland I’ve been very enthusiastic about photographing the place, but this year I’ve noticed a growing lack of motivation for documenting “my village” even though I get some good shots now and then while at home. And I have a dream project in mind still; a project I started last year but quickly put on pause and which I keep on delaying. Fingers crossed I will press play soon!
On a more positive note: This year travelling has really helped trigger my desire to take photographs. Here’s a photo I took while travelling to the Lutheran Seminary in Leipzig Germany where I studied for a week (yes, theologic studies has occupied a large amount of my time this year). I found myself back to the habit of photographing out of windows…
Finally I got to see the northern lights for myself. The shifting green shapes against the dark backdrop were spectacular. I believe it was God saying “hey, look what I can do!” to us.
As a photographer I often find it hard to really experience an experience, because I’m so eager to photograph it. This was definitely the case here. Since I’ve never experienced northern lights before I had no idea how long it would last and so I was very focused on getting good photos. Next time I’ll try to remember to take a deep breath and just enjoy the sight for a moment inbetween the shooting as well.
Now I’m posting photos simultaneously to my ongoing archive digging. Whenever I find something interesting I’m going to post it here. So, the website will finally serve a purpose which makes sense to me.
I didn’t have to dig far to find this one; only five days back when visiting my hometown Ålgård. Reflections has become something I keep looking for when I’m out shooting. I could write something deep and sophisticated about that, but it’s actually really simple: Reflections look good and they make photos more alive.
This is my neighbour. The river Vindelälven. I have hundreds of photos of it. It seems I never get tired of photographing it. Why is that? Photography for me is mostly a process where I explore my surroundings (when shooting personal work, that is). And the river is also a process with lots of stories to tell, of which I’ve only scratched the surface so far. So, these two processes get together and are equally important. Maybe it’s a project.
I’m going to make some changes on this website by the way. English from now on. I also have some ambitious goals. All I’m going to say about them is that I’m going to dig, dig, dig deep into that archive…
Det bästa med Linnévägen mellan Västra Spöland och Jämteböle är de fina grillstugorna.