About a year ago I received a very understated email from a reader in Sweden. A photographer. It was a simple hello with a nice word on my work. I sort of sensed a genuine quality in this person, I couldn't find the trace of a "check out my work" link or anything that was asking for something in return in this email. Just a bare compliment. The best of kinds.
This person was Marcus Nyberg. We have since kept in touch about our respective work, progress, frustrations and visions as photographers and he has become a huge inspiration for me. I love watching his work progress. It makes me want to push myself to achieve what he does. I think his strength is in portraiture, something that I have been obsessing over a bit this year with my own work and that he masters with such effortlessness. I know how difficult it is to get emotion out of a subject. I know. I fail at it most of the time. But he nails it like no other. He must have wonderful directing capabilities. His editing skills are equally impressive to me.
Marcus' imagery is reminiscent of golden age dutch paintings. It was no surprise that we both admitted to each other that one of our biggest influence right now is the work of Julia Hetta. I can see it clearly in his work.
We have never met, but we think we should one day work on a common project. We have yet to find our subject. And I imagine it to be the most compelling collaboration i'll ever venture in. I feel so privileged to have found a friend in this incredible talent.
Photographs © Marcus Nyberg
J'ai découvert le travail de Marcus il y a environ un an. Il m'avait contacté via le blog pour me donner un joli compliment et on a tout de suite lié une amitié mais aussi une curieuse fascination pour le travail de l'un et de l'autre. Je trouve son style absolument splendide, ses portraits d'une grande emotion, il aime mon regard et ma "capacité à capturer le calme de la vie" dit-il si gentillement sur son blog.
A force de correspondances, nous en sommes venu à la conclusion qu'il serait vraiment génial de collaborer sur un sujet, même à distance puisque nous ne nous sommes jamais rencontrés. Marcus vit en Suède. Nous n'avons pas encore trouvé ce sujet, mais je sais déjà que quoiqu'il arrive, ce projet sera fantastique.