A dark universe hidden in the natural environment of Sweden

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Using a combination of analog and digital processes, Jonas Folkeson captures the unseen landscapes of his native land and thus creates an obscure black and white cosmos that invites the viewer to imagine a world beyond reality.

To see our world in the good nature, we need to see its opposite when the highlights darken and the shadows are seen in a different light. This exploration brings into being the nature of creation and destruction which is the burning essence of all form.

By documenting small situations in my environment, the objective is used as a means to invoke the realm outside of the mundane. Solarized photography is often used as a gateway to something beyond the world of reason and concrete form. In the nature around Hälsingland in Sweden, from ancient cemeteries to abandoned villages, my work highlights places around which ancient history has circulated. The essence of Solaris is to take the viewer on a journey to the afterlife.

Words and images by Jonas Folkeson.


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Jonas Folkeson lives in Hälsingland, Sweden. Photography is his way of examining the human mind. Haunting photographs, often with himself in the frame, are central to all of his work. He studied photojournalism at Nordens Fotoskola and was one of the winners of the emerging talent Lensculture 2016. Find him on PHmuseum and Instagram.

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This feature is part of Story of the Week, a selection of relevant projects from our community handpicked by the curators of the PHmuseum.



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