When we moved to our new property this summer, there was no fence around the house, and that was one thing we really wanted. And as this is a rural small holding, we thought that an old traditional Swedish farmers fence would look really nice. So we hoovered the internet for a fence builder that really knew the craft, and we found Björn. He lives in the very north of Sweden, in Vilhelmina, and he and his coworker Johnny builds these gorgeous fences around the whole country in the summertime. In the winter they prepare all materials needed.
Their fences is a true handcraft, there is no nails nor strings in metal, everything they use is coming from pure juniper and fir trees.
I’m not enough skilled to tell you (in English) how he does it, but please visit his website for more knowledge.
But I of course photographed them as their work progressed, in my kind of craft, with film!
We are very happy with our traditional Swedish fence, it is a beautiful piece of art in itself.
When I go somewhere to photograph, I’ll usually take with me a number of different cameras. My Hasselblad is of course always with me, often together with one or two pinhole cameras and any small point-and-shoot, usually an LC-A.
In November -15 when I was going to Isle of Harris in Scotland, I was eager to simplify and only take three pinhole cameras with me. But I became coward and did not dare go without my trusty old Hasselblad…..
Back home, when I developed all the films, both Fuji Velvia that was my choice for colour, and the different black and white films, I found that I only cared about the pinhole images. All images were taken with long exposure times, pinhole images naturally becomes that because of the type of camera, and the Hasselblad images because I use Lee filters of different density to reach the long exposure that I need to get the expression I want.
But my Hasselblad images looked so boring compared to my pinhole images …. So they stayed in the drawer …..
Now in late summer, after a very busy spring with relocation and other things that filled my time, I found the almost forgotten films that I first didn’t like.
And again the analogue process have done wonders for me! Elapsed time has released my emotional attachment to the moment of capture, and I can look more objectively at my images.
Guess if I was surprised when I found that I just love almost twenty of those I first rejected! So now I’ve made a gallery with images from my trip to Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
And again, I want to celebrate the analogue process, and thank everyone who contributes to its persistence as a choice! Enjoy!🙂
Guest blog on the healing powers of film photography