North

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I’ve been back home now for quite some time. It’s been months since I returned. I didn’t plan to stay this long, but I actually don’t mind that I did. I’ve been taking it kinda slow lately, I planned to shoot more but I haven’t, and that’s ok I guess. In a way I’m kind of sick of shooting around my home surroundings. Even if it’s beautiful, I’ve been traveling all directions, I know what’s around every corner and it’s just not exciting anymore. I don’t stumble upon things, at least not very often. It takes away what I love about photography, the unknown, the surprises. It’s crazy I’m still even here. Just remembering how much I hated living here as a teenager, promising myself never to return. Things change I suppose, and so do I. I always knew I wasn’t gonna stay and it made it ok for a while.

Well it’s finally come to an end, and we’re off to Europe soon. I’ll tell you more about that and our plan soon, gonna try to keep this blog as a place where I share stories from our travel.

Wildfire

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There was a heat record in Sweden this summer and the country suffered from several forest fires. One was as close as 50km from my hometown. We woke up one morning and the village was covered in smoke as the wind had turned during the night. It’s kinda strange. That morning was so silent and the streets were empty, as if everyone suddenly realized it’s actually happening. Luckily the fires are extinguished now. My thoughts go out to all those who lost their homes, their lands and their properties. And to all the animals in the woods. Here are some images from during and after the fire close to Enskogen and Laforsen, Hälsingland

Summer

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Turns out I'm really bad at updating this blog. Didn't feel like I had that much to share, I haven't really been out on the road for a long time. I'll try to do better. It's summer now. I plan for new adventures but for the moment I do little getaways from around my hometown to photograph. 

 

Fiat 128

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Saturday my mom and I got up at 6.30 to photograph her Fiat 128. Unfortunately (for me) she decided to sell the car so she wanted pictures for the ad. I had imagine the morning sun glowing through a thick layer of fog for the shoot but as you can never plan the weather the day was clear and we got up a little too late to catch the sunrise.. We did the best of what we had and I'm still happy with the pictures. It's almost impossible not to take good pictures with this car though. If anyone is interested in buying it you can send me an email. :)

End of August

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Drove around with my friend Frida in my mother's Fiat the other day. Love this car so much. It was sunny and mid day which is not my favorite for shooting but we managed to get some good shots anyway. 

Back in Sweden

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Swedish summer at my grandparents cottage. There is a calm here I can't seem to find anywhere else. Maybe because of all my childhood memories from this place. I came here every summer as a child, I learned how to swim in this lake. 

This year's summer has been cold in Sweden and I'm happy I missed most of it spending time in France and Spain. Now that I'm here I almost enjoy the cold weather and the crispness in the air. I took a swim in the lake while my puppy stood at the pier watching me, refusing to get in the water. Next summer perhaps. 

Days move slowly and we read or pick blueberries or BBQ.  

Last days in Paris

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I've decided to leave Paris, it's just not the right place for us right now. My friend is letting me stay in her amazing apartment in the 16th for my last days and we spend most of our time in Bois de Boulogne. Tomorrow we fly back to Sweden. 

Why I keep shooting

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Sometimes I feel fed up by photography. Fed up by shooting, fed up by always searching for the right light and the most appealing subjects in a world that seems to be already captured in every possible way. The thought of continuing when the outturn is almost unnoticeable is tiring and I often think about quitting. Then suddenly a scenery like this appears.

We drove down to the beach at La Marina one night to catch the sunset for a swim and when we were almost ready to turn back home a man and his horse appeared, walking towards us by the shoreline. I walked up to him and with my limited Spanish managed to ask if I could take a few pictures. He was very kind and told me his horse name was Alba. Alba is his only horse and sometimes he walks down to the beach to let her swim when it's empty from tourists. I noticed the strong bond they had and how much he loved her, it was pretty amazing. He went back into the water to let me shoot them swimming together.

Afterwards I felt happy and excited for the moment we shared and I thought about how strange and random it is with photography, that I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. It's moments like this that keeps me want to keep shooting, capturing the moments of good and bad and eternalizing them for the future.