So I’m back after a few days in the outback at Mattlaberg. Days and nights filled with creativity, photography and meetings. A big thank you to Håkan Olsén who arranges it all and makes sure that so many interesting people gather together here, many thanks also to all models, photographers and other contributors that makes this gathering so good.
I’ve been here every second year since 2013 and although not all photo opportunities fit me and my kind of pictures, I allways learn something and sometimes it’s pure magic. Got some pictures that I feel fit in my portfolio and that makes me more than happy. Then there are allways interesting conversations with both old and new friends.
Here’s a small selection of pictures from the meeting.
Last weekend I stayed in Sundsvall. On Saturday I made a trip up north. The first stop was at the High Coast and Nordingrå. Spent a couple of hours at the Rotsidans Nature Reserve and enjoyed the tranquility of the Baltic sea and the mist.
(All pictures are made with the Fuji x100f).
Sorry but here will only be a short summary, read the Swedish blog for more information.
Last Saturday I went to Bredsjö in the deep woods of central Sweden. Ylva Lindberg had arranged a day with very interesting lectures regarding our forests and (the lack of ) biological diversity.
First out was the author Sten Björnulfson. He was talking about his book “Rösterna i skogen” and the loss of history, and memories that the logging causes in the woodland where he has his cabin.
Then it was time for Sebastian Kirppu to deliver hard fact about the situation and the not so bright future for our woods if things don’t change very soon. Sebastian have deep knowledge and understanding of the ecological systems of our forests, he is also very good at explaining the situation.
Last but not least out was Mikael Karlsson from Silvaskog who gave a very interesting lecture about continuous cover forestry (the Lübeck model). He was also able to show that this method also is superior economically.
Four hours went very fast and I think that we could have continued the discussion for an hour or two more without any problem. Many thanks to Ylva and all the people that made this possible.
After a break for a couple of years, I thought it was time to join again. This year I had the exhibition in Säljan, southern Sandviken at the musician Anders “Kråkan” Ågrens place. I shared the space with Helena Nyman. Great studio and very nice company, they seem to have so fun these guys that can play an instrument.
Many thanks to all who came to see our work.
Not much of what I had hoped for turned out my way so to speak, but that’s life. I will continue to run my own race that’s the only way forward. Anyway I had some fantastic days at the Norwegian Nature Photo Festival in Ski, lovely company and very interesting slide shows. A little sad if I do not have time for the spring flowers this year but it looks a bit hard to find the time. Next in line is the Art exhibition in Gästrikland, something to look forward to. If you are in the neighborhood please pay a visit at Anders “Crow” Agren south of Sandviken (Säljansvägen 213) between April 14’th and 17’th.
A workshop at the Tiomila forest with Håkan Olsén is booked in late July, it’s usually always very memorable. Then I try to take a few days off in the fall to get some time out in the woods.
Here are two different pictures that can be seen at my exhibition.
I’m sitting here looking through a folder with old slides that I scanned many years ago. Pretty bad quality but I guess it depends both on the photographer and a bad scanner. As memories they will do fine though.
My father, from a fishing trip at Kärringforsen in Björbo where we lived. We was always out fishing, both home and on trips to Norway. The year is 1982. Here is my father six years younger than I am now. The year after, he passed away only 50 years old.
Here’s Mejdan, the stream behind the house where we lived. A place I miss a lot sometimes.
My mother and I on a boat trip up the stream in spring time. Also from 1982. My mother still lives in Björbo.
Can an image convey a mood, or can it convey different moods dependent on the viewer. For some people it might say nothing at all.
A picture from a sunny winter day in the beginning of the year.