December 20, 2010
Author: Lee Jones
Lina Scheynius, the Swedish-born photographer, takes fragile and intimate shots of her daily life. Her photographs are known mostly for their natural and raw attitude. Now living in Paris her photos have spread world-wide and her photo books have already been sold out.
For cameras she prefers film photography. At the moment she uses her Olympus mju II and Canon SLR to take those fearless shots she’s known for. When describing her photography process she states:
“My favourite pictures are the ones I have taken completely without having a viewer in mind. When I work on my personal pictures the viewer doesn’t enter my mind until I start the selection process for my website. And even then I try to not think about him or her. If I did, I think a larger section of my work would remain unseen, as a lot of it is extremely personal to me and not initially captured to be viewed by others, but more to document. Or experiment. I guess that it is my almost forced regard of the viewer that gives the impression that I am fearless.”
Lina’s favourite subject matter is anyone who can pretend that the camera isn’t there. This focus makes her photos appear natural and without pretense. On her website her images are presented in diary form according to the season they were shot within.
When asked about the importance of editing she states:
“Editing is super important. I think I spend more time editing the images than I do taking them. And I tend to reedit a lot. It’s a process very much alive and my website is never finished. How I chose to show something seems just as important to me as the fact that I chose to show it. Maybe I should add here that I don’t retouch them or crop them. When it comes to the actual picture it’s what I see through the camera that I show.”
To view more of Lina’s work check out her website.
By: Lee Jones
Photos: Lina Scheynius