The Strelitzia entered my life on a visit to Berlin in September 2010. I never looked twice at this flower before, but in Berlin I was hooked so I proceeded with my exploarations of her. Strelitzia 1-3 is a part of a larger series of images.
Biography I was born 1965 in Uddevalla a small town on the west-coast of Sweden. Art has been an interest since childhood but it never seemed to be able to become other than a hobby until I reached adulthood and life took another turn with difficult health issues. My work reflects on my history of personal struggles with health issues over more than two decades. I am a self-taught photographer. Photography has been a great interest since my teens, but my style has evolved mostly through studying water media artists such as Virginia Cobb, Barbra Nechis and Ewa Karpinska, as well as using that medium myself during the past ten years. Georgia O´Keeffe has also been of great inspiration to me for many years as well as the Impressionistic movement. I work mainly with the Canon D 50 or lately with the 7D and the Lensbaby with macro lenses. My ongoing project, “Reflections of Hope” depicts different levels of abstractions of the flower, the Iris. This flower is a strong symbol of hope…thus the name of this project. My style is a “painting-like” kind of photography, where I emphasize mood rather than recording objectively what is in front of me, much like in pictorialism or photo impressionism. I still think like a watercolorist and experiment with lighting and movement till I find that special feeling in the image. Abstraction is otherwise my main interest. I find the challenge in abstraction to be a rewarding exercise for my imagination. I always strive to create authentic works of art, true to my own vision. My work gained International recognition in December 2009 in an online juried show at Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Recently I am being exhibited in an online exhibition at Still Point Art Gallery called Still Point II, running through april 7 – june 8. 2