23 March 2009

Invited guest: Jens Olof Lasthein

Tiraspol 2006

Transcarpathians2004

Sometimes it's not what you expect that makes the biggest impression. I remember visiting Kulturhuset in Stockholm to see some major exhibition, I don't recall wich one. I guess the exhibition was alright but what really got stuck in my mind was an exhibition called "White Sea Black Sea" by the Swedish photographer Jens Olof Lasthein. Lasthein had been traveling along the border between the European Union and the former Soviet Union -from the White Sea to the Black Sea- with a panoramic camera, documenting life at the border between eastern and western Europe.

I'm glad to be able to show some of the photos here on the F Blog. If you want to see more, have a look at his website or better yet, buy the wonderful book that was nominated one of five candidates as Photo book of the year 2008 in Sweden.

/markus




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13 comments:

Jan Bernhardtz said...

Wonderful and interresting images. Jens has caught the soul of eastern Europe perfectly. Love them!

Henke S said...

Amazing images. Very interresting.

/H from http://blamethecream.blogspot.com/

cafe selavy said...

These photos are very interesting (and I'm not damning with faint praise here). It is difficult to see well in panorama, I think, more difficult than in any other format.

Rafal said...

wow
very, very nice photos...

paolo saccheri said...

I always like to see places very different from mine, taken in a documentary style.
But your style makes a difference!
Very good photos!

f skott said...

Fascinating photos - among the best on the f blog!

Anonymous said...

Excellent work!!!

M Jenemark

Johan said...

Jättefina bilder!

marcin said...

wonderful

damian chrobak said...

Excellent work,very interresting...

joanna said...

these are breathtaking! great pictures, fantastic stories. the composition is perfect, so the story goes to the first row, and the feeling.... uuuuh! can't speak clearly, they're brilliant!

paolo saccheri said...

I received your beautiful book yesterday from Amazon...
A joy to read and watch.
Great photography with a unique empathy with subjects.

Jacob said...

I am drawn to the extreme horizontal of the panorama and the wide angle shots. They give me a strange feeling like something just isn't right, which I enjoy. It's like they are well crafted composites or something along those lines. The subject matter is also intriguing. I enjoy your documentary eye in representing the people of these places.