COVERS FOR TVÅ DAGAR

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.

2016-04-05

OUTDOOR TRAINING

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.

2016-03-01

SEARCHING FOR A LYNX

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.

2016-01-22

FORSKNING OCH FRAMSTEG

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.

2016-01-21

GP EKONOMI

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.

2016-01-06

SWEDISH LIGHTPRICE

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.

2015-11-30

GP EKONOMI

Since some months I'm contracted by OTW to produce a major part of the images for Göteborgs-Posten's weekly economy insert. I work closely together with writers Anna Liljemalm and Kerstin Sjödén, and together we come up with the ideas and plan the work. It's all in the way that works best for me, when I'm a part of the process long before the actual shoot.

We produced a lot of material in June and some of it has been published during the last Sundays.

2015-08-31

INSTAGRAM

I'm on holiday since a few weeks back, trying to enjoy a Swedish summer more wet and cold than ever. Hopefully the weather will change soon cause I'm not planning to come back to work in some weeks yet. Before I closed down for the summer I finally got myself together and started using instagram. I mix my feed with old favourites from my assignments, photos from yet unpublished projects and some daily life. Please follow me @erikabel_photo!

2015-07-31

UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE CHILDREN

Together with my writing colleague Carl-Magnus Höglund I'm working on a longterm project about unaccompanied refugee children. Every year more and more people under the age of 18 come to Sweden without their parents, hoping to get asylum and a chance to start a new life here. We follow some of these children to tell their stories about their way in to the Swedish society. As one part of the project we have done a portrait series for Göteborgs-Posten where we have met four people who all came here as children and have now been here for some years.
 
Maida left home when she was 14 years old to get away from an arranged marriage. She likes Göteborg, it reminds her of Mogadishu where she grew up as they both lie by the sea. Ahmad left the war in Syria when he was 17 and crossed the Mediterranean in a smugglers boat. Two years later he lives by himself in a small apartment but still calls his mum in Syria to ask what to cook for dinner. Fozya's parents decided to send her away from their home in Eritrea when she was 16. They didn't want here to be forced into the military service, something that can last for years and be very hard, especially for women. Akbar was 14 when he stepped off the train in Göteborg and decided to hand himself in to the police. It was December, he had been travelling for a year and only wanted some warmth and a roof above his head.

2015-06-23

ANNELIE POMPE

I took these portraits of adventurer Annelie Pompe on Hönö in March. Later on this year she's gonna climb the last of the "Seven Summits", the highest mountain of every continent. The picture editor wanted some photos where she was climbing and that would make us think of large and difficult expeditions. The only problem was that all we had was a cliff of maybe three meters. Her belayer - who wasn't actually belaying - stood a few meters away to give the feeling of at least a slightly higher rock.

Annelie was very nice and easy to work with and helped me to get these shots out of quite bad conditions. It was only a few degrees in the air, a mix of snow and rain was falling down and the wind was blowing. My glasses were so wet I couldn't see if anything was in focus - and I had a fever. But I guess all this is just nothing compared to what Annelie must have felt during her expedition to Everest where she almost froze her fingers off.

2015-06-02

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