Q&A: Stefan Bladh

24.01.18

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Yes, I just try to accept what is (and try to understand the meaning of a non-self). What will baffle future generations about our day and age? That we could not have more than one thought at a time in our minds, right or wrong, black or white. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Don´t think so. What is it that interests you about photography? The moment of surprise and what that can lead you to. What is the worst thing about city life? All the waste and the lack of deep connection to nature. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Siberia, Russia. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? That we can read each others thoughts. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Ghandi. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Quantum Mechanics. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Oh! Don´t want to think about that..haha.. many times..  that’s why I always carries my camera. But maybe more frustrating times when you are not able to stay in one place long enough. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Teaching young people on things I learned. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. A standing picture – the couple dancing (and looking into the camera) at Café Lemitz by Anders Petersen. How often do you take other people’s advice? Too rarely!! I am so bad on that. Describe a personal hell. Being misunderstood and without proper sleep.

Which living person do you most admire? My mother. Always so positive on life, despite hard and difficult periods. On what occasion do you lie? When I do not want to hurt someone. What was the last crime you witnessed? A crazy car who nearly rammed me and two other cars. The police got him finally. What is the best way to educate yourself? Learn to listen – for real. Read a lot. What is the next book you want to read? 2666 Roberto Bollano. Ultimate camera? Leica M10 – with autofocus. Most used camera? Leica M6 and Contax T3. What object do you want? A really good car. What object do you need? Really nothing. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Everything you can imagine available in your TV-screen whenever you like it? Hmmm.. hard one. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No. not at all. Describe a cheap thrill. Netflix and box wine. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The Titanic incident – with a very good life jacket. Are impulses more important than consequences? No. Which talent would you most like to have? Play the piano really good and speak at least two languages more. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Edit some work, eat, relax, read, sleep, filming a bit for a new piece, relax with my family.

Hidden Kingdom — Images from european landscapes photographed between 2006–2016. A journey through inner and outer scenarios formed by situations and encounters. I wanted to investigate a condition, the impermanence of our existence and the vastness of silence behind everything. On these journeys I have often found myself in moments that appear to have neither a beginning nor an end. Rather, I’ve found myself in the middle of something.

“Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination. All the rest is disappointment and fatigue. Our journey is entirely imaginary. That is its strength. It goes from life to death. People, animals, cities, things, all are imagined. It’s a novel, just a fictitious narrative. Littré says so, and he’s never wrong. And besides, in the first place, anyone can do as much. You just have to close your eyes. It’s on the other side of life.” — Louis-Ferdinand Celine, ‘Journey to the End of the Night’.

Stefan Bladh is a Photographer and artist born 1976 in Örebro, Sweden. He was educated at Norpens Fotoskola 2001 – 2003 and is now based in Stockholm. Bladh’s work transitions between documentary and conceptual projects. The questions usually revolve around the human condition – exploring themes of mind, memories, time and the impermanence of our existence. His work carries a broad visual expression and examines aspects of the boundaries of our inner and outer world. In 2010 he released his first monograph – The Family, a project and book that got much attention worldwide and was published in numerous magazines including  the TIMES. Besides personal projects he does editorial work for a number of newspaper and magazine clients. To see more of Stefan Bladh’s work visit — Website / Instagram.