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STILL LIFES SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2015
For many years I've dreamt of taking photographs of still lifes, based on historical paintings.
Still lifes from the Dutch word "still leven" means quite simply motionless things. Of main importance is a table upon which the objects can be arranged and depicted. The theme of the transitory is fundamental to 17th century still life painting. As if the paintings in themselves sought to convey the idea that life is short whereas art is eternal.
I've put lots of effort on the details, trying to find antique objects, game, vegetables, fruits, flowers etc. resembling those in the old masters paintings. When photographing the still lives I've searched to arrange them to achchieve the best possible angle of vision and the best light. All photos were taken in natural light on a table in our entrance hall.
GARDEN OF EDEN MARCH 2012
Through centuries artists from all over the world have been trying to depict the divine beauty of nature in their paintings.The baroque landscape paintings are distinguished by their harmonious compositions. In the impressionists gardens the light flows through the various colours of the leaves. My pictures in The Garden of Eden series are all inspired by these wonderful landscape paintings.
FLOWERING BEAUTIES APRIL 2009
The Flowering beauties series was inspired by the gorgeous still lives paintings in the "Dutch golden ages", painted in the 17th century. Instead of depicting many flowers I chose to make close-ups of carefully chosen flowers. I tried to find the most beautiful flowers and shot them against a golden background instead of the traditional dark background.
NATURE IN HARMONY JUNE 2008
The motifs in the Nature in Harmony series are all from Falsterbo, a small village in the soutern part of Sweden. I've tried to catch the serenity and the tranquillity of nature down in Falsterbo. The landscape pictures were taken on the beautiful white sand beaches along the sea. The flowers are mainly from my garden.