My Journey to Photography
Although I was born in Sweden, my life has been one of travel and transition since I was a child. Wildlife was a favourite subject from the time I learned to read, and a trip to Kenya when I was 12 sold me on Africa – a passion that has never abated.
A degree in environmental management from the University of Tasmania and a research year in the Masai Mara introduced me to both photography and the semi-nomadic lifestyle I’ve since adopted. These days I hardly go anywhere without a camera bag and a suitcase, and I am convinced that observing the world through a camera lens greatly enriches rather than inhibits my life, encouraging me to pay attention to my surroundings in ways I had never thought possible before.
I was once told that specialising was the only viable way to succeed as a photographer – advice that I have been ignoring ever since. I am as happy photographing landscapes in Lapland or ancient temples in Myanmar as I am coming face to face with a silverback mountain gorilla in DR Congo or getting children to laugh at my obvious lack of dignity in Malawi.
While I don’t shy away from serious issues I prefer to focus on the positives, on solutions rather than problems, and I try to convey that in my work. I want to capture those aspects of life that I believe we could all use a bit more of: strength, love, beauty, pride, joy and hope. If you look at one of my photos and feel moved to care about its subject – be it a person, a places or an animal – then I’m on the right track.
I keep my work purposefully varied, taking on jobs ranging from providing visual material for non-profit organisations and leading photographic trips and workshops to working with tourism boards and writing and photographing travel features. I work closely with Tiny Globe, a wonderful PR agency focusing primarily on humanitarian work, and collaborate regularly with non-profits such as Gorilla Highlands, the National Geographic Society, Force For Good Foundation, Gorilla Doctors, Chipembele and the Anne K Taylor Fund. I have been published in numerous international magazines and newspapers, but work most closely with Scandinavia’s largest travel magazines, Vagabond (Sweden and Norway) and Rejsemagasinet Vagabond (Denmark) and, most recently, the exciting new popular biodiversity magazine bioGraphic.
Awards & Recognition
While I hardly ever enter photography competitions, I did so in 2015 and was rewarded with a finalist photojournalism image in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, leading among many other things to being featured in the Royal Photographic Society Journal – the world’s oldest photographic magazine. Recurring clients and partners include the National Geographic Society, bioGraphic, African Parks, Luambe Conservation (where I am also a conservation and community development advisor), and Vagabond.