Anna’s living room in Stockholm.
WHAT YOU DO
I’m an artist and a photographer. Together with Erika Wall I initiated the photographer persona Erna Klewall. Erna is based in London and Stockholm and mainly photographs people she encounters in her daily life and finds interesting.
WHAT TRIGGERS YOUR INSTINCT TO TAKE A PHOTO?
I am intrigued by our dependence on cultural and psychological references in our interpretation of reality. So, whenever I encounter situations or environments that evoke utopian ideas, stereotypes or generate certain types of behaviour, especially self-control, I get eager to explore them photographically. I have often been interested in the dream of the perfect illusion. What we see is not always what we think it is. For example, I have photographed architecture in miniature parks where the images at first glance convey something different from what is really there.
WHAT DIMENSION OF PHOTOGRAPHY INTERESTS YOU THE MOST – THE DOCUMENTARY OR THE FICTIONAL?
Acutally, all photography is fictional or staged. Even the most documentary photo is by definition a perspective, an angle, a cut in the texture of reality. I think it’s especially interesting when documented and staged reality share the same space and you can’t say for certain what is real and what is not.
DO YOU FOLLOW A ROUTINE IN YOUR STUDIO?
Unfortunately not, or perhaps luckily not. Most of the time it’s best not to have a specific routine, I think. I’ve been working without routines for 20 years so I’m quite used to it. I’m often asked if I spend every day in the studio between 9AM and 6PM. The answer is I don’t. Ideas don’t come to me that way. I think it’s important to spend time in the studio, though. I’m a restless person so I have to make quite an effort to just stay in the studio, but I know that if I do it will eventually bear fruit.
AN ARTIST THAT NEVER DISAPPOINTS YOU
The photographer couple Anna and Bernhard Blume.