Kärlek is an old Swedish word meaning love. When written Kärlek it can be read as love/play.
All my projects are connected by a common approach; something fascinates me to the point where it becomes an obsession.
I often spend several years on a project, exhausting every possibility before I feel finished.
Kärlek is no different, yet another obsession, but these images are done through play, a joyful quest to learn to love more.
As a collection, these images represent my longest lasting and most comprehensive project to date. Presently, with well over a hundred photographs compiled, I still consider Kärlek a work in progress.
Kärlek wasn’t perceived as a series from the outset; it became apparent only as I was looking through my archives just a couple of years ago.
As far back as I can remember I have been photographing friends, lovers and fellow humans as a way of getting to know them better, to gain a deeper understanding, to love them more.
The camera allows me to have a conversation without words, to gaze into somebody’s mind and soul.
I watch, study and try to capture the beauty I see in a face, body or movement.
Love and beauty.
Like so many others I see beauty in flowers.
I photograph flowers the same way I shoot all living things; by being with them, never arranging, just looking and capturing whatever is projected at that very moment.
Kärlek is about photographing what I love; the essence of my photography.
When: 12.30pm Tuesday 7 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall
Jörgen Axelvall is a photographer and artist from Sweden currently based in Tokyo. Before moving to Tokyo in 2011, Axelvall lived and worked in New York City for 15 years. He has had numerous exhibitions in Japan, which includes Ken Nakahashi Gallery, Bookmarc Tokyo Gallery, Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, and the National Arts Center in Tokyo. He was the winner of the New Exposure Award, presented by VOGUE and Bottega Veneta, and was shortlisted for the International Emerging Artist Award of Dubai.
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