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.



Daniel Mänd, CEO at Elvine. Portraited for Du&Co, the full story is available to read at page 65-69 here.



In the end of March me and Johanna Lagerfors spent two days with photographer Mattias Klum. We had asked to follow him around for two normal days at work. During those two days we didn´t see any cameras, but a lot of meetings, taxi rides and public events. Mattias is probably as much an ambassador for saving our planet as he is a photographer. And he is also a very inspiring person, showing that you can do whatever you want – you only have to decide what it is you want. And live for your decision.

The story was published in Två Dagar two weeks ago.



In the last issue of Två Dagar, me and Johanna Lagerfors had met four people who prefer to produce things themselves. They are all part of an international movement, where more and more people listen to the motto: Do It Yourself!



In late August last year my colleague Magnus Carlsson told me he was going to write a story about MTB in the Skatås area in Gothenburg. And he wondered if I wanted to take the photos. Skatås is a large forest stretching in towards the centre of Gothenburg with a lot of lakes, tracks, paths and steep hills. It is also, literally, my backyard where I do most of my three weekly running sessions, where I go bathing with my family and where I just hang out.

To shoot MTB was something completely new for me, but this story was also about a place I know better than my own pocket. Me and Leo Ranta at Hillside Cycling, the guy who organized the biketour, could discuss exactly which track we would head down, at exactly which bend I wanted to take my photos and where I wanted him and his friends to ride. So the tour was well planned before we headed out, but I think it was the only way to do it. I normally like to shoot things when they happen, as they happen and without my interference, but this time I realized it just wasn´t doable. These bikers ride fast and I can´t keep up with them, even less be in front of them ready to take a photo when they come rolling down the tracks at an incredible speed.

The story was published in the last issue of Träna, an insert in the magazine Utemagasinet.



I´m just back from a week in the Niassa province in northern Mozambique. Me and my colleague Carl-Magnus Höglund have been there to investigate how the local societies are affected by the Swedish company Chikweti and their tree plantations. The area is among the poorest in the world, with a majority of the population relying more or less entirely on subsistence farming. Chikweti´s tree plantations on old farmlands have caused some conflicts, but at the same time bring in some job oppurtunities and money to the communities.

The week in Niassa was the start of a project where me, Carl-Magnus Höglund and Sofia Hultqvist are going to look at large scale Swedish land investments around the world. You can follow our work (only in Swedish) at Carl-Magnus´ and my work from Niassa will appear in some different magazines later on this spring.



Some weeks ago, me and my colleague Johanna Lagerfors went to Copenhagen to meet Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff. A few days earlier I had spoken to Anna and told her that I wanted to portrait her in a way that resembled her music. She suggested that we should go to the Thorvaldsen Museum. Since it´s opening in 1848 the museum has shown the work of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844). And the building is just fantastic. A calm atmosphere with nice colours, beautiful floors and large windows letting natural light in.

The portrait was published in Två Dagar last Saturday.



I don´t cover sports very often nowadays, but when I do, I realize how much I like it. It´s because of the strong feelings. It´s hard to find something else that people are so passionate about, and where they show their emotions so open. I guess I just like it for the same reasons as the supporters like the sport itself. And best is – for both me and the supporters – when the game is important. As last Saturday, when Örebro SK beat Ljungskile SK and qualified for Allsvenskan, the Swedish premier football league.



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