I always had a weak spot for the test strips from the darkroom. You know the ones you find under piles of boxes when you are cleaning the darkroom. Might be nostalgia, or the hint of process they somehow contain. I used to tape them up on the wall next to each other and watch them form new things together. Like an accidental collage.
I love when you get a whole day in the darkroom. It happens less and less frequently. Coffee, a good playlist (today is a blue day ). Im about 300 prints into a new project all shot on film. The old Mamiya RZ, Tri-x and Ilford fibre paper. Its so soothing. Here are some random previews from my phone.
I have been working a lot in the last couple of years with the perfume brand Vilhelm Parfumerie. It was founded a couple of years ago by Jan Ahlgren in New York. It’s always so much fun to help with a brand from the start. Especially when it comes with a lot of freedom of creation. And the thing with perfume in particular is that it’s been done in such a similar way for so long, at least it feels that way. More of that later.
For these images we worked with the very talented Stockholm based ballerina Frida Hambraeus. And in keeping with brand spirit I collaged some as well. Hair and make up by Philip Fohlin at LinkDetails.
A couple of images I did for dear friend Little Liffner earlier this autumn.
I tend to read a lot. It comes with traveling I guess. Lately I have been reading a lot of Margaret Atwood. It started with Surfacing, which is brilliant, and has led to her trilogy Oryx & Crake, The year of the flood, and Maddadam, which I am reading right now. All her works that I have read so far asks a lot of questions about nature. And our relationship to nature.
I was thinking about that when I shot these last week. And on what nature could be without us.
Did a shoot with The New York Times magazine T in New York a while ago.
Photographer: Martin Vallin / CameraLink
Prop Stylist: Noemi Bonazzi / Brydges Mackinney
NY Times Style Director / Kate Lanphear
Models: Julia Joseph / Next Models
Christina Ambers / Parts Models
Hair/Makeup: Miriam Robstad / Bryan Bantry
Manicure: Roseann Singleton / Art Department
NY Times Creative Director: Patrick Li
NY Times Senior Art Director: Aurelie Pellissier
NY Times Senior Photo Editor: Jamie Sims
Did a shoot for the new beauty magazine Narcisse with darling make up artist Ludovic Engrange in Paris last year. It was one of those shoots where everything just came together really naturally. Ended up doing a ton of pictures. Here is a couple of them.
Make-up Artist Ludovic Engrand c/o Shu Uemura Paris.
Model Jenna Earle c/o Next Models Paris.
Creative Direction Azadeh Zoraghi
Fashion Direction René Gloor
Hair Stylist Takayuki Nukui.
Calligraphist Sachiko Kano.
Make-up Assistant Margaux Jalouzot.
Production Assistant Adélaïde Goetz.
All make-up by SHU UEMURA
Two things that equally annoy me are when people say “lensed by” when talking about who shot what, and production assistants that feel a need to call out “talent on set” when you walk into a studio in the morning. God!
Dansk Magazine, last season.
Stylist: Oscar Lange / LinkDetails
Hair: Sofia Ringberger / Agent Bauer
Make: Sara Denman / LinkDetails
Model: Dorte / 2PM
Casting: Sofia Nordström / LinkDetails
Alina in the studio a while ago. Between shots.
Getting up at 04.00 to catch the earliest flight to Paris in the morning. Didn’t have time to pick up any new books this week. Any recommendations on one I could find in the airport?