This is a photo which is very special to me on several levels.
The person through that opening was at the time my girlfriend whom I had known for some months. Now my wife.
The river you’re looking at was at the time just some river. Now the main view from where I’m sitting right now.
The village you see there a bit hidden in the background was an unexplored place to me. Now my home.
So, this photo illustrates the starting point for the biggest change in my life. The year after this photo was taken I moved from Norway to Sweden for the sake of love. Pretty much everything which has happened after this moment I can relate back to this photo. It’s where my new life started.
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.
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 är lätt att bli hemmablind. Risken finns att man till slut inte längre uppskattar den vackra vyn man ser varje dag. Att fotografera mina omgivningar är mitt sätt att bekämpa hemmablindheten. Fortsätt till inlägget “Vindelälven” »
Att Spöland är ett gammalt flottarsamhälle blir jag ständigt påmind om när jag tittar ut mot älven från mitt hem. Dykdalberna står fortfarande kvar i Vindelälven 40 år efter flottningen upphörde i Spöland. Dykdalbernas funktion var att fästa bommar som höll kvar timret i magasinet, numera fungerar de endast som ett friluftsmuseum. Under sommaren är det många ute på sandön bland de tunnare dykdalberna mellan Västra och Östra Spöland. Här kan man vandra runt, sola, spela volleyboll och inte sällan skåda vattenskoteråkare. Fortsätt till inlägget “Vindelälven” »