THE GLOBAL SEED VAULT IN OMVÄRLDEN
When the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard opened in 2008, Syria was one of many countries who decided to deposit a backup of their domestic seed collections here. The Syrian gene bank opened already 25 years earlier in Aleppo. There collections are important not only for Syria, but also for the rest of the world. Both barley and wheat origins from Syria. That means Syrian variations of the crops are likely to have the widest gene diversity, something that can be important for farming all over the world if the climate changes rapidly. These old variations of barley and wheat might have genes that makes them more resistant to drought or heavy rainfall.
The Global Seed Vault was meant to keep the Syrian seeds safe for the future, in the unlikely event of natural disasters or wars that could destroy the gene bank in Aleppo. But only three years after the seeds were locked up in the permafrost of Svalbard peaceful demonstrations lead to the Syrian civil war. Aleppo was in the centre of the fighting for many years, and big parts of the city were totally destroyed. In 2016 Syria was the first country to collect their seeds from the vault. They brought back some samples, planted them in neighbouring countries and made new seed collections. In February this year a delegation from Syria brought these seeds to the vault once again.
Read the full story in Omvärlden.2017-11-27
Yes, that is a selfie. A selfie to tell the world that I now live in Umeå. After more than ten years of exile in southern Sweden, I'm now back home in the north again. If you're in need of a photographer in Umeå or around - please just call or send me an email and I'll be happy to help you!2017-09-08
DAVID KLINT FOR DI WEEKEND
David Klint is the entrepreneur behind the very popular concept of Tough Viking. They organize races in several different towns in Sweden each year. Compared to an ordinary running competition, this is something completely diffferent. Competitors have to pass a number of obstacles, and it's hard to do alone. They are supposed to help each other. David is head of the organization at everey race, but he allways find time to run the course as well, to see what works good and what could be done better next year. I followed him around for a couple of hours when Tough Viking came to Gothenburg earlier this year. The story was published in DI Weekend a couple of days ago.2017-08-06
THE MECHANISMS BEHIND PLEASURE
I shot these portraits of the inspiring urban farmer Niklas Wennberg for a story in Modern Psykologi about the mechanisms behind pleasure. Niklas works with the project Stadsjord in Gothenburg. They have goats who work with disforesting under powerline, an indoor fishfarm and pigs who prepare parks for gardening. The goats were all fantastic, they followed us around in the forest and agreed to pose almost as I wanted them to during the whole shoot. For Niklas, these is a real pleasure. To just walk around in the forest, herding his goats.2017-06-08
THE GLOBAL SEED VAULT
Deep under the permafrost at Svalbard, countries from all over the world deposit seeds in the Global Seed Vault. They are kept here as a backup in case of wars, climate change or natural disasters. My and Anna Liljemalm's story from the vault was published in the Swedish magazine Forskning och Framsteg and web magazine Extrakt.2017-06-05
Ahang Bashi made a documentary about her own anxiety. She won a Guldbagge for best rookie and the film was even nominated for Best Film at the same event. I met her for Göteborgs-Posten's Två Dagar.2017-05-06
ONE YEAR IN A SWEDISH SCHOOL
Alyamama Matuwes school bus took her through the crossfire in Damascus. Mohamed Saids school in Mogadishu was hit by a missile. They both manage to escape to safety in Sweden. Here, they joined hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving in Sweden during 2015 and 2016. The authorities were not prepared. In Gothengurg - as in most Swedish towns and cities - one of the challenges was to quickly arrange schools for all the young refugees. For Pedagiska Magasinet, me and writer Carl-Magnus Höglund followed Alyamama's and Mohamed's first year in school to see and how it all worked out.2017-04-05
DE FRIVILLIGA - EXHIBITION AT THE BOOK FAIR
"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!2016-05-11
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!2016-05-09