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© Jens Olof Lasthein
Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein

About The Book

I grew up in a westerly wind. It swept in from the sea, scouring the flat landscape where I lived. Any solitary, unprotected trees grew sideways, bowed down in an unequal battle against the relentless wind. It was as far from the capital as you could get, a land on the edge of Europe. My home dialect was never one you heard on the television, and it always met with indulgent smiles from people in the big city. If they understood what we were saying in the first place.

For this book, I travelled to the farthest-flung corners of Europe, as far from the centre as I could get—Iceland in the northwest, the northern Ural Mountains in the northeast, the Caucasus in the southeast, Portugal in the southwest—and I was amazed there, and felt at home.

On my travels, I discovered that if you draw diagonal lines across the map between those corners, they intersect in what logically must be the centre of Europe: Belarus. I have visited Belarus many times. But not once did it occur to me that I was at the central point in Europe. More often it felt as if I had travelled back in time to the faraway corner where I grew up.

In the heart of Europe or on the periphery, wherever my travels took me I was on the margins. And there is probably no one to blame for that but me, and the margins I carry with me. Jens Olof Lasthein

Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein
Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein

By The Way

Leland Whitty has been part of Toronto-based band BADBADNOTGOOD for seven years. Whitty’s current solo project is a departure from the improvisation focused collaborative band  that has made his name. His latest album Anyhow features Whitty on guitar, synthesizer, woodwinds, production, composition and strings.

Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein
Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein

About The Artist

Jens Olof Lasthein is an award-winning Swedish photographer and has been working as a freelancer for 30 years. His work can be classified as subjective documentary and for emotional reasons he works entirely with a wideangle panoramic format in all of his personal projects. “Finding the panoramic camera was like finding my eyes”, he’s said.

He has previously published four books and has held over 50 solo exhibitions around the world. His first book Moments in Between was selected by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger for The Photobook: A History, vol II. In 2010 he received the Leica Oscar Barnack Award for a series of pictures which later became part of his book, Meanwhile Across the Mountain

Books: Moments in Between, 2000, Journal; White Sea Black Sea, 2008, Swedish edition by Bokförlaget Max Ström, English edition by Dewi Lewis Publishing; Home Among Black Hills, 2014, Journal / The Museum of Photography, Seoul; Meanwhile Across the Mountain, 2017, Bokförlaget Max Ström.

Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein
Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog
© Jens Olof Lasthein
Jens Olof Lasthein - Far – Near - Bildersturm Blog

-> Further information: https://www.dieppublishing.com/en/far-near-gallery/

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