Mountains & Beyond
This is the last part of a series of introductory blog posts about how a remote valley inspired me to begin this journey, what I’ve learned along the way and, in this blog post, why I created this website and Mountains & Beyond.
I’m not a Instagram star. Nor am I a YouTube expert. I’m not trying to be hip and follow trends. I’m just doing my thing. I love being out there in the mountains with my camera trying to capture what I see and feel.
But also, I want to share what I’m doing with others (yes, that’s you). For a long time I have struggled with how to do this. For years I didn’t have a website and I wasn't active on social media. I was out photographing the mountains but I kept my experiences to myself.
Inside me grew a question; what am I doing with my photography?
For someone whose been doing it for a longer time I think this question is inevitable. For the last couple of years I have been thinking deeper about what I want to do with my work.
My photography in the Swedish Mountains is not a project with an end goal. It's a journey and it's about the journey.
The more I thought about it the more it became clear that I just need to share what I'm doing as I'm doing it. To let you follow along on the adventure as it unfolds. I no longer want to wait until that book is printed or the opening of the exhibition. I just want to do it here and now. It might not seem revolutionary, but to me it is.
So I decided to build this website and start this blog as I feel that it’s the best way for me to share what I do. I will be active on social media but my focus will be here on the website and blog.
I tried to come up with a name for my work and after much thinking and getting feedback from friends I decided on ”Mountains & Beyond” (thank you Per for the suggestion). I like it a lot. It has become a motto of mine.
In a way nothing has changed. I will keep exploring the Swedish Mountains, I will keep exploring photography and I will keep teaching and sharing my knowledge with others. I have been doing all of this before but from now on I will share it with you here on the website. It’s a new chapter in my life.
This is Mountains & Beyond and it’s my dream.
I just have to do this.