I was raised a few miles south of Stockholm city – back then, it was almost like the countryside. My mother was and still is working as a illustrator of childrens books. My father was in the filmmaking business. So the chance of catching some creative genes was looking good for me.
Im sure I had the best childhood imaginable. Surrounded by nature and animals, loving parents, two older siblings and my friends just across the street.
We spent our days exploring the backyards, forests and fields that for us was like the amazon jungle, the Tanzanian Savannah , or Alaskan wilderness. Different worlds. All in the same place.
That creative gene-seed was indeed planted deep inside of me. I guess it showed a lot in my drawings I did as a child. I drew anything from sharks, tigers, and horses, to action figures like Spiderman and wolverine, and it became my top grade in school but I lost interest after that. It just didn’t make me loose time and space anymore. Maybe I just wanted to see these things for real instead of only creating them in my head, or on a piece of paper.
At the age of 19 my urge for thrills and adventures drew me to see the places I’ve fantasized about for such a long time.
I moved from Sweden and spent years in Mexico, Belize, USA, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Norway, finding work that would point me to my next adventure, under or over the surface.
Tried many different hats during this time, but it was not until later I found the one that really fit my fat head.
I eventually made my way back to Sweden with a broader way of seeing life, and the realization that you don´t have to travel all over the world to find adventures. They will find you – where ever you are – and when you least expect it.
I also found my ”hat”… The hat of the photographer. It is something that stimulate my creativity, give me variety and make me meet fascinating people all at the same time. Something that makes become one with time and space and in the sametime gets me completely lost it in.
Today I live with my own family on a horse ranch, far out on the countryside. Trying to give back to my baby daughter what my parents once gave to me. I just hope she will be a little less into mischief…