Oct 25, 2016
Andreas is a Swedish photographer currently based in Turkey who entered the world of photography as a way to relax by doing what he likes. Influenced by Turnbjörk and Engström, his images are simple, cleverly composed and very inspiring. In his work we can find a good appreciation of the common and the mundane with a Dada influence on scenes of everyday aspects of his personal and social life.
Following we present an interview that we had with Andreas:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
AB - Thank you guys for giving me the opportunity! I am from Sweden where I also obtained a Masters of Education and taught biology at a public high-school for a few years before moving abroad to live with my fiance, Sarah. She is an aid worker, and we are currently based in Turkey. I do humanitarian freelance work at the moment, where I collaborate with NGOs to provide them with photos for whatever communication needs they might have. And I always carry a small point-and-shoot with me, wether on a job or going to the grocery store, to collect daily snaps of moments or things I respond to emotionally. This is what keeps photography interesting to me.
am - How did you start in photography?
AB - I bought my first camera while studying biology at the university. I wanted to be able to photograph what I saw during our field trips but biology and the outdoors were my main interests back then, not photography. As soon as I graduated and got a full time job teaching, work started consuming more and more of my time and energy until I eventually burnt out and had to go on sick leave. This is when I rediscovered photography. My doctor told me I needed to spend time doing things I loved so I decided to dust off my camera and take at least one picture every day as a way to force myself back out into the world. This was in the middle of Swedish winter and the light was always bad so I would just drift around the city and take blurry, detached pictures of empty streets. They weren't very good pictures but I was intrigued as they were different from anything I had done before and they seemed to more accurately describe how I was feeling at the time. A whole new world of possibilities for self expression had just opened up to me and I became obsessed. I started to spend all my time either photographing or at the library studying photography in order to be able to more accurately express myself. Over the last few years the obsession has grown into a necessity, a tool for self reflection and self discovery that I can’t be without.
am - What inspires your work?
AB - Sarah, chance, moments in between, dawn, family photo albums, coincidence, afternoon beers and the everyday possibility to discover something new about myself, the world and my place in it.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
AB - Lars Tunbjörk and JH Engström are two of many photographers I keep returning to.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
AB - Quiet, uncertain, solitary.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
AB - I scan and edit photographs. I don’t really spend much time away from it. I enjoy traveling and being outdoors and I wander a lot, but always with a camera in my pocket.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
AB - The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers, I never get tired of it, and I love anything by David Lynch and Ulrich Seidel.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
AB - Walden by Thoreau, A moveable feast by Hemingway, a book on Swedish history and Carl Linnaeus travelogue through southern Sweden. I have a tendency to start a bunch of books at then not finish half of them.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
AB - Trying to become more articulate and accurate is an everyday challenge and I always struggle with self doubt. We are planning to leave Turkey soon and spend a few months living out in a camper van in America, while figuring out our next move in life. It will be a challenge to stay away from cliches and create something that hasn’t already been done better by others, but I am really excited to see what might come of it.