Agnes Thor, a Swedish photographer, talks about nordic light, Vilhelm Moberg and not compromising your universe.



Part 01.




As the river runs © Agnes Thor  2015


Morning ...
Coffee


Noon ...  
An omelet


Night ...
Movies




From the series Aurora Borealis © Agnes Thor  2010


Perfect happiness ...
Swedish Summer 

Preposterous ... 
War

Fear ...
Diseases

Love ...
Future husband

Extravagance ...
A fine wine

Comedy ...
Amy Poehler



From the series Looking for gold © Agnes Thor — 2015



Work ... 
Photographs

Our time ...
Strange

The future ...
Everything is connected

The past ...
Nostalgia


 Part 02.




Horses © Agnes Thor


In another life, you'd be ...
A horse wrangler

Your lucky charm ...
A necklace




From the series Pleasure First © Agnes Thor — 2011 



Words to live by ...
Don’t compromise your universe.


Prized possession ...
Life


One wish ...
For nothing else than this


Your most marked characteristic ...
Energetic


A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
All my friends and family from all the different countries they live in.

 
Favorite shoes ...
Anything one can run in  


Favorite store ...
Grocery stores


Favorite friend ...
My best one.



Broken Promises © Agnes Thor — 2009 



Favorite place ...
Wherever home is


Favorite color ...
Purple rain




Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman, The Emigrants; Ingmar Bergman
adapted from The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg



Favorite book ...
The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg


Favorite website ...

Swedish news sites 


A favorite photo that you've taken ...


Untitled, Interiors © Agnes Thor


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...
It’s hard to pick one, but I keep coming back to this one by Bas Jan Ader.


San Clemente, 1979 © Bas Jan Ader


Part 03.




From the series Aurora Borealis, 2010 © Agnes Thor


You were born in Sweden. How has that informed your work ...

I grew up on the countryside, not a farm, but outside the city. Being outdoors for a major part of my childhood has definitely informed the way I work, and the subjects I work with. The Swedish landscapes and its nature, the history, the folklore, all of those things has influenced me in one way or another. I also love the way the light is in the north, it may sound like a cliché, but there really is something special with the nordic light.





From the series La Mort La Vie © Agnes Thor — 2013


You have said that your work focuses on the nature of things. Talk about this ...

Over the years working with photography I’ve strayed from the idea of a documentary photograph, or project, and instead creating a story, or investigate something. In these stories, I aim to capture something that is not necessarily a true portrayal of a subject, but that shows different angles of it, and therefore allowing the viewer to come closer to the subjects true nature. In my project La Mort La Vie, I investigated ideas of Life and Death, and tried to find symbols and create imagery that could portray the nature of what life and death is.




From the series Aurora Borealis © Agnes Thor — 2010


Talk about memory, landscapes and portraits, as they relate to your work ...

Landscapes play a major role in my work - it’s something I’ve always photographed, and that I keep on coming back to. I’m not a nature photographer in the classic sense, I rather use the landscapes to tell parts of a story, or to function as a background for my subjects, than trying to capture that perfect photo. That transitions in to portraits as well, I like bringing people out somewhere in nature and make portraits, and let things evolve as I go.

I based my book Aurora Borealis solely on nostalgic memories of childhood events and places that shaped me as a person. At the time I was very involved in my memories, and saw that as a great source of inspiration. Nowadays I feel more detached from my memories, and that also makes me less prone to relate to it in my work.


From the series Pleasure First © Agnes Thor — 2011


Talk about chaos, as it relates to your work ...

The only chaos, if any, is in my head. It’s usually a little chaotic right in between two projects as I’m trying to sort through all my thoughts on a particular subject and form an idea to work with. Then I usually get really organized and focused, and it stays that way until it’s time to begin something new.




From the series Horses © Agnes Thor


Tell me a bit about your project with horses ...

No other animal has such a rich and widespread history as the horse - and it still plays a major role in society -as a work horse, a pleasure horse, a myth. Personally I have a long history with horses, I’ve been riding since I was 7, and I’ve noticed that most people have some kind of relationship with horses too - a love for them, respect, or even fear. My focus is not on the people that ride them, but on the horse itself. I’ve been photographing in Sweden and around the United States, and the focus will most likely be on these western countries, but I’m not limited in any way yet, this is more of a research stage, I’m photographing a lot of material and trying out different subjects.


What camera(s) do you use …

A Pentax 67ii, Canon 5D mkii, Fuji x100s and then a various bunch of analog point and shoot cameras. It depends on the project - sometimes I shoot only film, sometimes I mix, and for assignments it’s mostly digital these days.



From the series As the river runs © Agnes Thor - 2015


Describe a day in the life of Agnes. How would it begin? What would you do? Where would you go? What time would you be in bed …

It usually begins with breakfast with my boyfriend, morning coffee, then checking e-mail (okay, really I check my e-mail in bed). Depending on if it’s a workday, usually it is this way 5 days a week, then I reply to e-mails, and if I have something pressing then I begin with that. I break for lunch, and in the late afternoon I might go see a friend, read something or just relax.

Evenings are reserved for time with my boygriend and friends, maybe going to the movies, an exhibition or have dinner, and I exercise a couple of times a week if I can. On weekends I sleep in, go to a museum or for a bike ride, or preferably a trip somewhere, long or short. I get to bed anywhere between 11 and sunrise.



As the river runs © Agnes Thor — 2015


Talk about future projects ...

My horse project will probably go on for a couple of years, so that’s both the now and the future.


Talk about a dream project ...

Anything that involves travel is always a dream.