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21 July 2009

JH Engström, Wells

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust


It’s an urge and a necessity to photograph what I experience and what surrounds me. It doesn’t matter who I’m with, where I am: what matters are the encounters, landscapes and details I have to relate to in my everyday life.

Since I met Amanda in 2005 I’ve photographed her, our environment and our relationship, constantly. Sometimes it’s done with a throwaway camera, other times it’s with a 4×5’ camera on a tripod. There is no hierarchy in that, as long as the result speaks to me. The work is driven by my own life and my strong belief in the truth of what my eyes witness daily. This is a story of a miracle and love, with all its strengths and vulnerabilities. It’s also a story about change and the times we are living in. Life goes on.

The work exhibited here is from my new series Wells (Steidl, 2009), which is the third part in a trilogy that started with Trying to Dance (Journal, 2004) and Haunts (Steidl, 2006). With Wells I extend my use of photography as an autobiographical account.


JH Engström

Exhibition “Ça me touche, Nan Goldin’s guests”.

Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2009.