Its time to stop and reflect about my work. If I were to sum it up, it’s about me chasing reflections for 48 weeks. This journey started with a dinner with Shelly in Stockholm, during which we decided that the theme for 2017 would be reflections.
I decided to work with a toy that had a clear role. It is a princess. In my work I have reflected a lot about what it means to be a princess, or a woman from a fiction in a galaxy far, far away.
The princess was not my first choice
As I already told you, the princess from ”a galaxy far, far way” was not my first choice. My choice fell on her because I never thought anyone but me would tell her story like I would. Looking back at my work I see that I haven’t told her story at all, only my own, with my light and with my melancholy.
It took me a long time, much longer than ever could dream, before I realized that I had fallen for my toy. It did not happen until it got dirty, a little bit stretched and marked by my play with the water puddles. Constantly falling down from a rock or in a puddle. I fell for the toy when it was a little more like me.
She became me
I have worked with reflections to reflect myself through the fictional figure, and through this toy I have portrayed the everyday beauty that I have found in the water puddles. My search has been portrayed with a toy. Now that I’m almost at the end of the road, I know that the next toy that I’ll be using needs to be one that is more anonymous. One that can be more like me, or you, without anyone reading a different figure in it. When I finish this project I know that I’ll miss my princess and the possibilities that caring her around has given me.
I don’t know how you look at your photography, maybe you are thinking just like me or maybe in a totally different way. Last night when I couldn’t sleep I let my mind wonder away around this question: “What makes an image?”
And thinking of it I came to the following answer. An image is:
• a mix of pixels or grains (I never meant to exclude analog photographers)
• a result of a technical knowledge
• a copy of the reality as it is
• a story about the motive
• or a story about the photographer Continue reading Thinking of photography – What makes an image?
I’ve done a 365-project before and something seems to happen in mid-October. It’s that part of the year when the days get shorter and the rain gets more intense. Because I am a photographer who prefer to work with daylight, this time of the year always is unexpected. Until mid-October hits me the light has been my friend.
During work days
During work days, I photograph the kitchen with flash as a light source. During the project mid-October meant mer than the fact that I had to find the flash. I also realized that my ideas and my lack of attributes make the images feel predictable. And a bit boring to do. Many days this project feels like one other thing I have to do.
My doubts are high and I wonder what this 365-project will give me… Continue reading My 365-project depends on the light and suddenly it is gone
I was out last Saturday and photographed in a parking lot. I was down on my knees with my toys in the pool of water in front of me when a car drove in and parked. I saw it happening in the corner of the eye and realized that it was probably best to leave.
Yes, I confess… I’m not like Shelly that I say it out loud…
I work by myself
I prefer to photograph for myself, not hiding, but with my own company. I had already picked up my things, when I realize that it was too late. The man in the car has decided that it was time to ask me what I do. But when he reached me, I realized that he already knew or had guessed. Because he wanted to see the images.
With a deep exhale I showed him the back of my camera and one of the images I had just done. But doing this it made me think: why am I like this? Why do I think it’s so hard to talk about my pictures? Continue reading I prefer not to talk about my work.
I read Jennifer’s lovely post about portraits and that made me think. And to be honest I haven’t been able to stop thinking about photography and the definitions in that post. Let me start by saying this isn’t me saying I know better – I just have to share my thoughts about how I look at photography all together.
A starting point
It all started when I read the definition of portraits:
”a pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
There is two things I object to. The first is that portraits most be of “people” – and I think I share that objection with Jennifer. But second I also object to the part that portraits is a representation of a person. Because I always think that a portrait is more than just that. From my point of view I think that we as photographer are a part of the picture. I don’t think that portrait’s only are a representation of the subject but also a representation of the photographer. Continue reading Is the photographer invisable?
What happens when three photographers make pictures with the same motive -a unicorn?
Last Saturday, me, Shelly and Christoffer had a photo-meet-up in Stockholm. It ended with us challenging ourself. We all took an invidual image of the same motive. The Unicorn. The question we asked ourself was: if you will be able to see the photographer behind the camera? Or if you will see the same picture? We worked in the same spot, with the same light and with the same motive… We challenged ourselves. Continue reading One motive three photographers – the unicorn
To travel with toys
I travel a lot for work. And during this summer my family and I were on a three week journey in California. So with that experience I thought that I too, like Jennifer, Reiterlied, James and many more before them… ought to give you my thoughts about traveling with toys. Or being a toy photographer while traveling. Continue reading My take on traveling with toys
I’ll be honest and say it the way it is: I’m totally bored with my subject. I came up with the idea that if I wrote a review, maybe I would see other opportunities with my subject. So I ask Shelly if I could do a set-review and she responded:
-I think I saw a pig fly.
I laughed and asked her to give me some ideas for a set that I could review. The very next day she sent me a few suggestions. Continue reading Why I can’t do product photography?
I fell in love with my plastic Stormtrooper the first time I saw him. I fell for his shoes first. Then I saw the rest and I was totally lost. I love the helmet and the expression. After my project with Stormtroopers, I’ve been falling in love with my subjects in periods. It happens both when I photograph toys as well as when I photograph people. Out of love, I want to come back to these subjects that I’ve fallen for, again and again, I can not get enough … Continue reading I’m falling in love with my subjects
I’ve done several 365 projects and I find them fun and challenging. But the challenge for me is not to photograph every day. That isn’t difficult, just push the button! 😉
The challenge is to photograph in all weather, all light and in different places. In addition, I try to create an image that I want to stand behind. Honestly, I’ll have to admit that far from all the images I publish during my 365-projects are ones that I want to stand behind. But as far as I can, each day, I try to make them as good as they can be. The images I don’t think work, I see as drafts or sketches. For me, the real challenge when I’m in the midst of a 365-project, is to settle for a good-enough image. Continue reading To do an image every day for a year