"My Europe doesn´t build walls".

One year have passed since Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven hold his speach in Stockholm. The newspapers were filled with stories about volunteers welcoming refugees at the railway stations. But suddenly, something happened. All we heard about was numbers of asylum seekers, quotas and a crash of the welfare system.

The volunteers were forgotten.

In the exhibition "De Frivilliga" I have met some of these volunteers to see what they do today. The exhibition will be on display at the Gothenburg Book Fair these weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. Near the exhibitor "Se Människan", G02:10.




Finally, after more than four years, I've managed to update the portfolio section of my website! Please click the link in the menue, up there in the right corner of your display. Or click HERE. Enjoy!



Last month i shot two assignments for Ingenjören, union magazine for Swedish graduate engineers. One quick portrait of Olle Häggström, professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers, and a portrait story about Ann-Sofie Sandberg, professor of food and nutrition science, also at Chalmers. It was the first time I worked for Ingenjören and their talented and ambitious picture editor Anna Simonsson. It was long time since I worked so closely together with an editor, all the way from brain storming portrait ideas, locations and situations to editing the final work. I wish it was like this all the time!



Last week the union paper Arbetet published part of my project Linje 11, where I document daily life along one of Gothenburgs tram lines. I've been working very sporadically with the project for five years. All ready from the beginning my plan has been to go out and shoot one I have some time for it and when I feel for it. Unfortunately the part about time is not happening very often nowadays. But last year, Arbetet asked me if they could publish part of my work in their series about public spaces. I went out to shoot some new stuff during an afternnon i November, and they published it alongside some of my older work from the project.



In January Två Dagar, the weekend magazine of Göteborgs Posten became even more of a magazine. A smaller format and new glossy paper that's a lot better for images. Since then I've shot four cover portraits for them. I'm always happy to see my work on front pages, and even more happy when it's printed on good paper. Portraited here are the artist Stina Wollter, comedian and actor Anders Jansson, top model Kelly Gale and the perfomence collective Olika Personer.



This story was also published in the last issue of Naturkompaniet's magazine 365. And it was shot in my backyard forest, just like some other work I've done over the last years. This time me and Karin Fingal joined some friends who had planned for a weekend of outdoor training. But not only training, they were also camping. In late november. They started up with some running, crawling and weight lifting with trunks and stones, followed by a bath in a lake and a night out in a camping shelter. They said the bath was freezing cold, and when they woke up next morning there was a thin layer of ice covering the lake.



Well, this was also on of my more beautiful days at work last year. In mid March me and my colleague Anna Froster took our skis from Vålådalen to Rekdalen in Jämtland to spend three nights in a tent and try to catch a glimpse of a lynx. As expected, the shy cat didn't show up, but we got this northern lights and three days off grid instead. The lynx wakes up at dusk and likes to patrol the area where forest turns to bare fjeld. So, every afternoon we prepared ourselves with all clothes we had brought and sat down for a five hours search with binoculars. Even if we didn't see any lynx we had this beautiful moment every day, where we just sat down and quietly watched the colours disappear as the light transformed from day to night. Our story is published in the last issue of 365.



One of my most beautiful assignments last year was this one for Forskning och Framsteg. A cold and calm December morning in Kosterhavet's national park together with biologist Sven Gunnar Lunneryd. He's doing research on sustainable fishery methods that can also coexist with the large sealpopulation on the Swedish west coast.



I've continued to work a lot for Göteborgs-Postens weekly economy insert, and will do so at least until the summer. Here is some of my work they've published during the last four months.



A few weeks ago i met lighting designer Anna Åkerström and electrician Christian Fasnacht, who won the Swedish Lightprice this year for their work in the Catholic Church in Gothenburg. The magazine Elinstallatören asked me to take a portrait for their cover, and we all wanted to keep as much as possible of the atmosphere from the church in the image. Anna had worked with spotlights to light important parts of the church, so I did the same. I put up a light with just a small reflector and a grid to try to mimic her light, and this was the result.



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