Yesterday I was really inspired to shoot. But I didn´t know what to shoot. I knew I wanted to do something related to easter. I was lucky enough to have fresh flowers at home (from a friend that had just stayed the night at my place.) I decided to shoot the flowers with window light and I put them in the window right in front of the window glass. I put a diffuser (you could use a transparent white sheet instead) in front of the window, so the flowers would have the diffuser as backdrop. Then I shot at aperture 1.4 and shutter speed 1/60. The whiteness was overexposed but the flowers were perfect. Then I did what I love the most: played around in Photoshop! I actually didn´t think I was going to do anything special with this image, other than give it some small adjustments with exposure, contrast and color. But I was wrong haha.
I copied the flowers into several layers and put them in different places in a square frame. I felt my heart beat faster as I continued to blend the flowers and composite the image as I liked. When I was happy with the composition I painted both green and yellow in the picture and put these layers on blending mode color burn. I also adjusted the colors and worked with vibrance/saturation. In the end I liked this image a lot more that I thought I would. It has a painterly feel to it that I absolutely love.
This is the original image, that I like really much as it is. But with me, I´m never happy if I don´t twist reality a bit 😉
This Tuesday I had the honour to hold a lecture in Skellefteå (a town in northern Sweden where they still have lots of snow!). My friend and colleague Victoria Söderström lives and works in Skellefteå and has been a part of the photo club of Skellefteå. They reached out to ask if we were interested in holding an inspirational lecture. Of course we were! So I travelled north and Victoria made the bed for me in the guest room in her beautiful house.
In Gothenburg, the snow has melted (almost) and flowers are starting to burst. We have spring in the air. But in Skellefteå, the snow was high as one metre and lay thick everywhere. As soon as I got off the plane I saw the wintery landscape with bright snow amongst the trees. I was very excited! I looked for reindeers from the car window but I didn´t have any luck haha. Last time me and Victoria was in Skellefteå together, we saw some reindeers on our way to Glommersträsk where we held a workshop.
Monday we sat down at a cosy café to prepare our lecture. I had green tea and Victoria had coffee. We already had a presentation ready from last time we held a lecture, but we wanted to do some adjustments and also have time to refresh our memories (who says what, who begins to talk). But we also had a lot to talk about, since it was a long time we saw each other. That´s why we love to work together- beacause we can hang out while we´re doing what we love. Best combination!
The next day we were ready to hold our lecture, and we snapped this picture before going off to the museum. I was actually very nervous, but it disappeared when we got to the museum and met all the nice people. People are always so nice when we hold lectures! It´s like a big happy gang of people getting together and I just feel like a part of it all. I always feel like I could stay forever and just continue to teach! I just love to talk about my creative process and show people how me and Victoria works with photography. I don´t really know what it is, but I don´t think I like anything else as much! I should really try to do it more often.
Victoria took this photo of me in front of the audience right before we started. We had a great technician who helped us so we got microphones with good sound and a beautiful light. Also, the image was perfect. Sometimes when you come to other places to show pictures, it just looks nuts and you have to spend so much time adjusting the image and no one really knows how to do it. But this was perfect from the beginning, and the sound worked without a problem! Such a wonderful feeling when everything just flows! (Except when Victoria had to change microphone in the middle haha!)
Below you see some slides from our power point presentation. All of these images are created by Victoria.
I love this skiss by Victoria, next to the finished photo. Quite a difference, don´t you think?
When I got home I was so full of inspiration, and I´m so happy that me and Victoria has started to plan our next project together!
I took a new self portrait to update my website with. Instead of being out in nature or in front of a clean wall I decided to take the photo in front of my image ”Void” that is hanging in a black frame in my home. It feels so good to have a portrait where my art is integrated. Hope you like it!
Last weekend I had the great honour to exhibit two pieces through my gallery Piqmo at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead Heath. I wasn´t there myself and that´s why I was so happy to see these pictures that Piqmo shared on their Instagram!
Piqmos stand. It looks absolutely amazing! My images are the two black ones to the far right. Piqmo does a great job framing and printing my images and the quality is outstanding.
I really like how my images look next to the other images.
This is the index of Piqmos artist at the fair.
It´s such an honour to be a part of Affordable Art Fair for the second time. Last year I participated at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm and I think the fair is a wonderful mix of different artforms.
The two pieces are Hypnagogia and Serenade for solitude.
Hypnagogia was made for my project The Sleep Project, in which I explore the surreal state between being awake and falling asleep. Rebecca Malherbe wrote some beautiful words about this picture in this blog post:
The dreamlike state that Rydén seeks to portray is strongly felt in this image. There is a definitive sense of disrupting reality. As the viewer, I feel taken away by the icy blue yet pulled back in by the human figure. Rydén has captured what seems to be an image out of a dream. The darkness that nearly engulfs the image reminds one of sleepy half closed eyes, drifting off or slowly waking up. She leaves the viewer to decide which one it is.
Serenade for solitude deals with the complex topic of setting healthy personal boundaries versus falling into destructive isolation.
Last year, in the fall of 2016, the same images were exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, and I had the honor to be there!
The exhibition is open 11-14 of May 2017.
I made a behind the scenes video for my self portait ”Imagine a bird”.
This is the final image.
I also used some yarn, but as you can see in the movie I decided to make the image without it.
First test shoot!
A step by step guide from my creation of ”To the moon and back”. It was a magical evening with beautiful light, and me and my mother (to the left in the picture) ran over the field, while I used my remote to take pictures. I didn´t know what we were running towards, but later on in Photoshop I played around and the image ended in black and white, with us running towards the moon/a far away planet? I love to create like this, with no plan in my head, just letting my intuition guide me towards the final image 🙂
This step by step guide was also published, with longer text, on my swedish blog.
Thank you for reading <3
Here is a little movie from a beautiful day of shooting. This day I went out in the forest, location scouting and shooting a staged self portrait. I used some baby powder to create a smoky effect in the image. The images you see in the end are unedited images.
Music “Muscle memory” by Myndra from Free Music Archive. ©Myndra
I am exhibiting together with Victoria Söderström at Scandinavian Photo in Bankeryd, Sweden. The name of the exhibition is ”Petrichor (n.)- the smell of earth after rain”. Here are some images from the whole exhibition!
The exhibition will go on until 31/3 2017 at Scandinavian Photo in Bankeryd.
I made a small behind-the-scenes film from the making of my image Serenade for solitude that you can see below. You can also subscribe to my Youtube channel to see more videos!
And this is the finished image!
Music “Huggun” by Myndra from Free Music Archive. ©Myndra