I met Kessi, a Canadian songbird, last Sunday in Berlin. We have friends in common and a bunch of us went to brunch together. Kessi and I started talking about her music and decided to do a shoot the next day before I went back to Malmö. When I arrived in the flat in Mitte she played me a song and I could feel how my eyes teared up, it was magical. She is about to record a new album in LA this year so I can sadly not share what I heard with you here since it's not recorded. But I can share with you all of my favorite pictures that I took of her.
19 Jul 2017
2 Jul 2017
I can't explain why but mountains makes my heart beat faster, they make me feel lighter. Maybe it's growing up surrounded by forests and a flat landscape or the fact that every time I'm in those surrounding I'm on the road exploring. Me and my new friends arrived in the afternoon at Sani Lodge Backpackers and wow what a place, I can highly recommend stoping here. It's a fair trade hostel and 2016 it was rewarded a silver award in the category Best for Poverty Reduction by the Africa responsible tourism. It lived up to all the things I had read about it and the two nights I stayed there were beautiful. I didn't dare to do the longer hikes they offered at the lodge because of my problems with my feet but that didn't stop me from getting up before the sun and doing smaller hikes close to the lodge. Not so many people got up that early to hike which gave me the privacy I needed to be creative. During that whole backpacking trip I found myself alone a lot in nature with only my thought to keep me company. At times it was wonderful and at other times hard. I'm planning a book project with my friend Tuva Minna Linn who write so beautifully about life and emotions. Before leaving Sweden we had a meeting where we came to the conclusion that I need to make some images that also represents light and happiness. I find it easy to tap into the "blue" we all have more or less of but to create those positive once is harder. I thought I had found something rare in Cape Town and even if I felt it slipping through my fingers I tried to remember that feeling and connect. When you meet someone special it's a new beginning, it's a bright and warm place where you want to stay forever and you feel your heart is light from hope and expectations. The picture of me sitting in the grass, looking into the sunrise is all about this. But when you allow another person into that place that you normally don't then you have a lot to loose, the fall is dark and you know it will hurt, no matter what shape you take to protect yourself it will draw you in. Back home in Sweden again I created another image that told another story and today the sunrise one feels like a distant dream. There are times when I wonder if I'm sharing too much here but then I remind myself that we are all humans with similar emotions, desires and dreams. In this time we live in, where social media has become a theater to show off the perfections of our human lives I find myself craving the opposite and the people who inspire me are the once that are not afraid to be real and tell it the way it is. "We are all somewhat damaged and in that realization we are all beautiful"
29 Jun 2017
I had heard good things about Port St Johns so I was surprised when I was the only one from the bus going in that direction but there was also a part thrilled by this. After waiting three hours for my shuttle I was picked up and taken to Jungle Monkey where I would spend three nights. One the way there we drove through a thunderstorm and it was beautiful. I arrived in the dark and it was exiting to wake up and explore the surroundings. There was green everywhere and once again I was amazed by the changing landscape of this country. I didn't know how I would spend my days there and I went to find out about the different activities. That's when I learned that this in not really a place to go when it's low season. I found out that without a car I didn't have much options at all and I was starting to regret my decision to go there. My heart was still telling me to return to Cape Town and I felt lost. But then I met Alun at the bar at the hostel. We started chatting and it was so nice, he's a funny guy and my mood shifted again. Lucky for me he had a car so one of the evenings we went up on the highest hills in the area and admired the view together. I also went on a guided hike with a local boy and we talked a lot about life in this area and he told me that two of his friends had been killed by sharks. Since I knew that this area is knows for this I never went into the water. I know that the odds of me dying in a traffic accident is much higher but I didn't feel like pushing it. On my last evening at the hostel I met a young german couple, Lena and John and when I told them I was going to The Southern Drakensberg next they thought it sounded amazing. The next morning we decided to go together and once again I found myself blown away by kindness. I was happy to be able to skip two shuttles and also gained two new friends. It was like we had know each other for a long time and I hope to see them in Sweden in the future.