In My Big Eye

The pictures in this series were taken with the camera to the right, a carboard box with a big lens of a kind that was never intended to be a camera lens at all. With this camera, a very bad one, actually, I can isolate the subject, I can stress what I want to show and remove all the ugly little details that spoil my beautiful town, Stockholm.

Going out to take pictures is a minor expedition requiring at least a bicycle to transport all the things needed. But maybe it really works best with portraits, bringing out the character of the person portrayed by not showing that much detail. Everything on the camera is manual, of course, and exposure time is controlled by a slower or more rapid movement of the hand.

Every picture I take asks for a moment of thought in this age of increasing hurry.