MATTIAS KLUM

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.

2014-05-01

DIY OR DIE

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!

2014-03-19

MOUNTAINBIKING MY BACKYARD

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.

2014-03-13

SWEDISH FOREST IN MOZAMBIQUE

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 www.kampenomjorden.se. Carl-Magnus´ and my work from Niassa will appear in some different magazines later on this spring.

2014-02-17

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF

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.

2013-12-03

FOOTBALL

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.

2013-11-06

PORTRAIT WORK

After a long summers holiday I´m back at work again since a couple of weeks. The last things I did before holiday was to shoot some portraits for Skanska Flervärden and Två Dagar.

2013-09-18

IDA FALK WINLAND

A couple of weeks ago Två Dagar published a story about the opera-soprano Ida Falk Winland, signed by me and Johanna Lagerfors. I came up with the idea of doing something on the Gothenburg Opera already in January. My main reason was the same as so often; I wanted to spend some time behind the scenes in a world that seemed to be completely different from my own. And opera, it is kind of magic after all. Some research led me to Ida Falk Winland, who was going to play a role in the Barber in Sevilla later on this spring.

The first time we met Ida was three weeks before the opening night, when she was trying her dress. I thought she was familiar in some way, but couldn´t really understand why. A week later, when we met a second time, it turned out that we had studied music together. More than ten years ago. Our lives have changed in quite different ways since, she constantly keeps moving, spending one month in each city. Now it´s Gothenburg, next month London, followed by Helsinki.

2013-05-20

SUPPORTERS

When the Swedish premier football league Allsvenskan started last weekend, the two Gothenburg teams BK Häcken and IFK Göteborg happened to meet in a derby. I thought this was a good reason to meet some of the people who follow the matches live, from the arenas. The editors at Två Dagar agreed, so me and my colleague Johanna Lagerfors met six supporters who told us about the great love for their teams. The story was published the day before the derby.

2013-04-04

BELLEVUE – A COVER STORY FOR TVÅ DAGAR

A month ago the picture editor at Två Dagar – the weekend magazine of Göteborgs-Posten – asked me to shoot a story about the Bellevue neighborhood in Göteborg. Bellevue is an old industrial area that has been left more or less untouched between new housing and refurbished areas. It´s not home to industries anymore, but to a variety of different activities. In an old clothing warehouse you´ll find one of Göteborgs largest mosques, nearby is an oriental food store where halal-meet draws many customers. Down by the small river Säveån is the estonian boat-club, and on weekends the area gets crowded by people shopping at the big second-hand market.

The story was written by Kerstin Sjödén, one of my colleagues at Frilansarna and was published in Två Dagar last Saturday.

2013-03-11

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