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.



In May a year ago me and my colleague Karin Fingal made a two-day hike along an old pilgrimage route between Falköping and Varnhem in southwestern Sweden. In medieval times this was the centre of Sweden with large cathedrals and monastaries. The route here was once walked by people on their way to the great Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. But we didn't follow it for more than some 40 kilometers trying to adapt to the pilgrimage state of mind far from the buzzling city life. We slept in a primitive guesthouse in Gudhem, next to the ruins after Gudhem Abbey, a Benedictine and Cistercian nunnery. I hadn't spent so much time in the area before and was suprised by the beautiful landscape and nice hiking trails. The story was published a couple of weeks ago in Utemagasinet.



Last year I shot a story for STF's magazine Turist about Majorna, a neighbourhood in Gothenburg. It's always hard to do a travel story about the town where you live, but Majorna is a bit special and that made it easier. Among a lot of other things Majorna is home to a huge flee market in May every year.



I was asked by AD Kajsa Isenberg at A4 to take some portraits of Erika Calderon for the magazine Akademikern. Erika works at the boat engine manufacturer Volvo Penta so Kajsa wanted the images to have a maritime feeling, with discreet details and blueish colours. Since the other main portrait story of the magazine was to be shot outdoors she asked me to find this environment indoors.

I love to work with AD:s who have thoughts about photography and the visual feeling of the whole magazine in this way. Kajsa and I had some discussions about locations and what a discreet maritime detail could be, and I ended up shooting the story at the Maritime Museum. I had 30 minutes to look out for different locations and set up my lights before Erika arrived, and then we started to work. I found a model of a lighthouse that turned out to be a nice backdrop, a quiet room with good natural lighting from big windows and another room with blue plastic on the windows to produce a bluesih light. The whole magazine is published online here.



In late November I was asked by Elinstallatören to shoot a story about the light design and electric installations at Ästad Vingård, a spa, restaurant and vineyard. They have a fantastic outdoor spa that looks a lot like the shire in the Lord of the Rings. I just waited for wizards and hobbits to drop by when we took a walk between large fire heated bathtubs and different saunas. One of them is even built under water in a small pond with crystal clear spring water. You can actually sit in the sauna, look out of the large windows and follow your friends taking a cooling bath among a small school of salmon.

But we weren't there for the spa but for the newly built wine cellar, restaurant and conference center that looks like an old castle built into a hill. Yes, this place is quite spectactular.



A few years ago I started to work on a project where I follow daily life along a tram line in Gothenburg, linje 11. I've been working with it very occasionally, when I've had a free day, when the light has been too inspiring to sit by my computer or when I've just wanted to walk some new streets and meet new people.

All in all I haven't shot more than twelve rolls of film with 20 exposures each, so It's a long way before I'm done with this. But my purpose has all the time been to work with it when I feel for it and to get away from all deadlines and news angles of my daily work. It may well be that I'll never finish this project, or it may be done in a year from now. It may end up as an exhibition, or as nothing at all. All I want is to have something to head out and do when I need to refresh my visual creativity. And when that day comes, linje 11 will be there waiting for me.



I begin my new year with a look back at the one that just passed. 2014 was the year when I spent a beautiful winter day in the archipelago of Väderöarna, went looking for Swedish forests in Mozambique, visited many construction sites, spent a couple of days with a world famous photographer, had a fantastic view over Athens together with a schlager-queen, stood on stage in front of thousands of death metal-fans in the same city, met a magician, spoke to a priest who's not gonna shave his beard until Sweden stops exporting weapons, spent some time in a swamp with a comedian and actor, traced Borås' history from textiles to fashion and much much more.

To all the people I met last year, and to everyone I worked with: Thank you for sharing a part of yourselves and your life with me. Hope to see you all soon again!



In late November, me and my colleague Johanna Lagerfors joined Sandra Reiche and Christian Eikedal who were both to compete in Luciapoikalen, a fitness competition. We followed them both during their preparations and the competition-days. During the very last days before a competition they live on a strict diet, drink lots of water, exercise to make their muscles look even a bit bigger - and put on thik layers of bronzer. The story was published in Två Dagar on December the 20th.



I´ve just published some new work under the stories section. Here.



This summer I spent seven weeks at Göteborgs-Posten as a staff photographer. For me that´s a good way to get up in speed again. I have to shoot pictures for a couple of different stories every day, and often I don´t have much time. I hardly ever know what I´m going to do when I come to work in the morning, so everything has to be done more or less without planning. A bit frustrating in the long run, I admit, but very worthwhile for seven weeks. And, most important of all, I get to have fantastic colleagues.

The seven weeks were followed by four fantastic weeks of holiday, but now I'm back at work again - free and freelancing.



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