I’ve been walking in Sarek National Park in the north of Sweden several times now. The photographs are from these journeys. There are also photographs by Axel Hamberg, most of them taken between 1895 and 1914. Hamberg was a professor in geology at Uppsala University and a photographer. The pictures are part of his major project, to map and explore this relatively unknown part of the country. Many of the photos lack notes and it is often unknown who is pictured or where and when the images were taken.
When I went through Hamberg’s archive last summer, I noticed that we had not only been to the same places, but had sometimes even taken the same pictures. Sarek as a landscape has not changed significantly since the last ice age pulled back around 10,000 years ago, thus the dislocation in time between our photographs is almost invisible. The only things that have changed are the camera and our various positions in the landscape.
The images shown here are part of an ongoing project that is going to be a photo book later this autumn.
This work was produced in the scope of PARALLEL European Photo Based Platform