Digesting the loss of someone close through creative expression
As a way to work through the grief that comes with a lost one, I decided to unleash my unfulfilled creative potential. In the process I created my first photobook, Remembrance. Now I hope to inspire others to do the same.
This is an excerpt from the project.
When my mum died six years ago, it came natural to me to make the forest where I grew up my church, my cathedral. A place where I could reconnect, grief and find stillness. And through this stillness, Remembrance was born. A quiet and subtle photographic series where I have captured my cathedral, as a way to allow myself a genuine goodbye. A genuine goodbye to my mum, but also a genuine goodbye to whatever has kept me from truly living. Expectations, norms, even ambitions – the stillness of the forest proved them all unessential to a rich life.
Suffering and sadness in relation to death has everything to do with the story we tell ourselves. We do not suffer because we have pain – We suffer because something is wrong with our story. We suffer when we fight with reality. We suffer when we do not love what is.
During the creation of this series I have often asked myself; How would I relate to death if I came from another culture, if I belonged to another religion, or what if I was born in a different age? Would I still suffer by the loss of someone close? Or would I crazy as it sounds celebrate? What is the conditioning of our society, and what is true to me?
If there is one thing I have learned after my mom’s passing is that death can teach us to live better. It can help us find a balance between what’s expected of us, our passion, and what we yearn to do.
With Remembrance I follow my heart and hope to inspire others to do the same. We are all creative beings.
Festival Voies Off in Arles France 2018: Screening at the Nights of Projection.
Nordic Light International Festival of Photography 2018: Uncertain States of Scandinavia, presenting 37 of Scandinavia’s finest photographers at Nordmøre Museum in Norway.
Fotografi Magazine Portfolio Award 2017: Remembrance is featured in the magazine and exhibited in their annual Portfolio Award Exhibition.
LensCulture 2017: Remembrance is featured in the competition gallery for LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2017. The competition gallery is a highly curated group of images selected by the editors to showcase only the best photos from entrants.
PhotoMonth London 2016: Uncertain States of Scandinavia, screening at The Art Pavilion at Mile End Park.
Uncertain States of Scandinavia: Remembrance featured in Issue nr 3.