In folklore mare pines, undersized and twisted pine trees, were believed to have been ridden by the mare, a creature that would even haunt humans creating nightmares – in German those trees are called Alptraumkiefern, nightmare pines. The photographs are cameraless images, photograms, in scale 1:1. To make the images myself and two of my friends, David and Simon, went to a swamp close to my home in Angered/Sweden during cold, windy and wet February nights. We built a mobile darkroom for each exposure. Inside that darkroom we exposed two meter long pieces of photographic paper with a strobe, hoping that the ambient light, relentless- ly seeping in, wouldn’t destroy the light sensitive material.
Witch’s brooms are deformities in trees, oftentimes birches, caused by fungus. This series of pictures is taken with the same technique, close to my home in Hammarkullen/Angered and is part of a larger project with cameraless images of the landscape there.
Part of a projects initiated by CFF, Centrum för Fotografi, Sweden, called, Periferi, with 19 photographers from western Sweden.
Available at https://shop.centrumforfotografi.se/product/martallar-och-haxkvastar/ as well as in a limited edition with pieces of original prints from the author
- ISBN 9789198736786