I fear the wind sometimes when I launch my kite, because I know how it can blow me out like a candle. I experienced it many years ago, when I went sailing alone for the first time and the boat capsized. I was seven years old and had sailed three meters. For a long time I would only “sail” when there was no wind and bring my younger siblings with me. I told them it was for the company, although I knew it was out of fear. If I was to go down, they would go down with me.
The first time I held a kite, during kite-lessons, I got dragged far away in a storm. I panicked and strangely enough, it was as if I was more afraid of loosing the kite then my own life, so I was hanging on to it like it would save me. I was unable to react before the instructor yelled to let go of it, and so I did. I quickly learned how the dragon flies and needless to say, I stay home during storms.
To me, photography has a lot in common with sport-activities. Being good at it, demands hours of practice and dedication. Combining kiting and photography on the other hand, means challenging my vulnerability whilst chasing the light. I forget about fear and frozen hands when I`m looking through the lens, although I do feel the pain of cold fingers heating up in the glove. Out there, many will see me fall even though I`m standing still. That`s just because I´m trying to take a picture, forgetting I`m attached to the kite.
Edition of 25 + 1
Digital type C print on paper. 50x75 cm
Edition of 8 + 1
Print on aluminium - 100x112 cm
Digital type C print on paper - 40x50 cm
Edition of 8 + 1
Print on aluminium - 80x200 cm.
This body of work was done for my final exam in 2006. Usually, when faced with a death sentence, most of us would perhaps sit down, digest the thought, and prepare ourselves for the outcome. But what if the sentence had such a short deadline you didn`t have that much time to think about it? This series focuses on the idea of what a person could do if there was nothing holding them back from the rules we follow and the perfect lives we try to live in our society.
If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?