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Photography Posted on Tue, March 26, 2013 00:48:46

Hi guys! I just wanted to do a quick update on the blog. I´m back in Jönköping to attend school for one week. The last weeks I have been working on a portfolio, which I´m finished with now. I´ve worked on a new series for my portfolio, which I write about here. On wednesday we are going to show our portfolio for some photographers “in the business” and hopefully get some constructive criticism. I think this will be a good way to practice meeting new people and telling them about your photography. I always find it hard to talk to people about what I´m doing. When they ask, I try to explain it, but it often sounds a bit confusing. So a chance to practice that skill is very welcome!

To get new pictures for my portfolio, I spent one weekend in my house at the country with my mother. I shot many concepts, two which included this pink tutu! Unfortunately, it was freezing outside.

Prints for my portfolio, shot with iPhone.

After this week, I´m off to a new project with my dear friend Victoria. We are going to shoot together for a couple of days and I am super excited about it! Today we planned everything for the trip, including what props we should take with us, which costumes we should bring and what concepts we want to shoot. We are going to pack a car full of everything we need and just drive away to awesome locations. Victoria is such a talented photographer and it will be a pleasure to work with her!

Victoria from last year, on the bus with her camera ready!

Victoria shot this of me today with my iPhone in school when I´m holding up my portfolio 🙂

Thoughts about freedom and our free will

Photography Posted on Tue, March 19, 2013 09:53:08

If you follow me on facebook or flickr, you may have read that I´m in the process of building a portfolio. This is a project that I´m doing in school, and one part of this assignment was that we had to create ten new photographs for our portfolio. We had three weeks total to create new pictures, and to put together a good enough portfolio. That means two weeks for photographing, and one week for printing and building the portfolio.

This was a real challenge for me, as I usually create pictures that demand much more work than this. I do not wish to change my way of working, because my work would not be as good as it is if I didn´t put as much time and effort in it as I do. But it was fun to see that I could create in a faster way, when I decided to do so.


What I did was that I decided to create pictures that would work as a series together with this one. I didn´t think it would be a series when I first created “Conspiracy”, but the more I thought about the meaning of this picture, the more I felt like doing more pictures like this.

I started to think about freedom. I thought about our free will and our dreams. Is it possible for us to live as free individuals in a world where dreams are advertised as goods to by? How do we know that the dream we have is actually our own, and not anything we want just because we have learned to want it?

How can we be sure that what we choose is based on our inner desires, our own will, and not based upon the ideals and norms that our society teaches us? Nowadays we praise the free will, and we are constantly reminded that our happiness as individuals lays in our own hands. You alone are responsible for your own happiness. If you´re feeling bad, you are likely to get the advice to change your way of thinking. There are tons of books out there that will teach you just the perfect way of living to receive your goal to be happy.

I am actually a big fan of positive thinking, and I don´t mean that there is anything wrong with this. What I want to focus on is how free we are in ourselves. Maybe sometimes, there is a reason to be unhappy. Maybe sometimes, the society should change. There are people in this world who commit suicide because they can´t find one single reason to stay in this world. I find this to be one of the most tragic things that can happen to a human being. Maybe this is the price that we pay for our modern civilization? There are so many demands on how to live, how to look and how to feel, that everyone of us feels from time to time that we can´t live up to it. Who has decided what we should do with our lives, and what should be considered as a meaningful life?

I want to do this project to start a process of thinking about freedom and responsibility. If we think that we can only create happiness for ourselves, what kind of world will that turn into? We think that it is so important to be free, and to be able to make our own free choices when it comes to what mobile phone we want, what kind of work we want to do, which hospital we want to belong to, where we want to live when we are old and can´t take care of ourselves anymore. But do these choices make us free? Sometimes I feel like all the choices can make us trapped. You are responsible for your entire life. If you don´t live up to the standards of society, you may get medication for your unhappiness, or you may be considered as a “failure”.

What does freedom mean in a world like this?


Photography Posted on Sun, March 10, 2013 01:32:44

I´m at my country house with my mom over the weekend. It´s always a joy to come here. Nature makes me calm, and it´s such a luxury to be able to go out whenever you want and shoot some weird conceptual photo! I can be alone in the woods, or on a field, and I can run up to the house if I forget something. It´s a freedom that makes photographing so much easier!


We have an assignment in school to shoot 10 new pictures for a portfolio. We only have two weeks to shoot all the pictures (which is crazy I think), so I decided to bring my camera and photograph a lot during the weekend! The photo above was shot after I was done shooting my original concept in the same location. It´s in the forest behind our house. It has been so cold today. The sun has been shining and it´s been beautiful, but the winds made it veeeery cold! I had to run in to the house for a cup of hot tea every time I had been out to photograph.

I snapped this of myself when I was done with my first concept! I´ve been working in front of my computer the whole evening, editing some of the pictures from today. I hope you´re having a great weekend!

Big plans!

Photography Posted on Sat, March 02, 2013 15:46:45

I am sitting at a café, listening to the people around me who talks about personal problems and shares their thoughts about life. It´s a slow saturday and the sun decided to hide itself today. But the weather is quite warm, which feels very good!

I´ve been here for a couple of hours now. I finished my big latte a long time ago. I went here to sit down with myself and make some plans for the future. With “future” I mean my photographic future. I´ve decided to go into this full-time after my school has finished, and I have so many thoughts on what I want to do that I felt the need to sit down and write. I have a lots of plans for my photography. I have plans for what I want to create, but also plans for reaching out to the world. For example, I´m going to open up a shop at my website so you can easily by my prints (and some other stuff). I will also be developing a concept for teaching some of my special skills when it comes to photography. I will write more about this when the concept is decided and everything is finished!

I hope you have a lovely day!

The Photo Fair 2012

Photography Posted on Wed, November 28, 2012 20:38:29

Last weekend I went to the Stockholm Photo Fair, which is the largest Photo Fair in the Nordic region! I went there to participate in my class-exhibition, amongst many other photographers.

I was very excited and a little nervous before I left Gothenburg. This was definitely going to be the largest exhibition I´ve ever participated in.

I took the early morning train to Stockholm on thursday. When I arrived, I carried a big print, my backpack and a sleeping bag, so I decided to sit down at a café before I went on 🙂

This is what it looked like when I arrived. People building the scenes and hanging the photographs.

This is half of my class. We were the ones hanging our exhibition.

We started with placing the photographs as we wanted them. We decided to pair the photographs in two, and wanted to spread out the few more colorful, so it would be an even distribution of color and black-and-white photography.

The collaboration went very well. I actually thought that we would disagree more on the hanging, but that part was very easy. The hard part was to get everything straight!

Other photographers had slightly bigger prints than we did! This is me next to a photographer from the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, who had an own wall to show some photographs from their news stories.

This is what a part of our wall looked like! Mine is down in the middle. I was very happy with the result.

On friday the Photo Fair opened for visitors. It was so fun to see other people coming and looking at your work, trying to overhear what they were saying about it 🙂

Me and Victoria, who´s in my class (to the right) met up with the lovely photographer Hanna Sohlborg (in the middle). She´s a student at another school of photography in Sweden and I had only met her through the internet before. It´s so nice to meet people for real when you´ve only talked with them on the internet 🙂

Me in front of my print 😉

We also met up with the swedish photographer Emelie Ohlsson (to the right) and she was very nice.

Among the other photographers I especially liked Elisabeth Toll. Her photographs was like old paintings from the Renaissance.

Overall, this was a great experience!

The edge of itself

Photography Posted on Thu, November 22, 2012 01:15:03

Tomorrow I´m going up early to take the train to Stockholm. There I will meet up with my class to hang our group exhibition for the Stockholm Photo Fair 2012! The photo that I will show is my latest piece in my series “Finding Peace.” This is a series that I´ve been working on for a year now, and the theme is still very important to me. The series is about how we find integrity, and the importance of having your own space in a sometimes chaotic world.

This is me holding the test print of the photo “The edge of itself”. It wasn´t good at all when we first printed it, but then the guy that helped me made some changes until it turned out just like I wanted it 🙂

Just posing in front of Photo Booth in my new vintage dress.

The day that I was going to pick up the large print from the lab, I was very nervous. But I was very happy to see that everything was fine! It´s a great feeling to see your work printed this big!

I do love my Alice-dress that´s just perfect to take photos in (unfortunately a little too small for me to wear on a regular day if I also want to breath properly).

Me and my friend Victoria Söderström, who is a very talented photographer and who´s also in my class, made these postcards and business cards together to take with us to the Photo Fair. (Photo by Victoria).

The edge of itself. This is what they´ll see at the exhibition! I promise that I will write a post about the creation of this photograph later. Goodnight 🙂


Photography Posted on Wed, October 17, 2012 00:33:01

I really want to start writing more frequently on this blog. Writing is important to me and I love to share my thoughts about my photographic work, as it helps me to understand what I´m actually doing!

This is a picture that I shot in june this summer, at my familys country house. Me and my mother were renovating this small house, removing all the wallpaper from the walls. When the place looked like this, with tiny bits of paper everywhere on the floor, I took the chance to shoot a concept in this environment. I borrowed moms summerdress and started to get dirty in all the dust 😉

This is just a preview of the entire picture I´m editing right now, but I wanted to share it since I like the emotion in it!

a calm and quiet place inside

Photography Posted on Fri, June 22, 2012 15:06:32

This quiet place inside, where everything is possible. I could stay there forever.

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