There are interior photographers that breeze in and out of your home, get the shots the editor asked for, and split before the good evening light comes because they'd rather get an early reservation at a hip eatery. And then there are photographers like Emma Mattsson.
Emma, still in her 20s, shoots many different kinds of homes and businesses for her ‘reportage’ (rep-port-TAYGE) to Scandinavian publications. Her business card is very sleek and sexy: a black and white abstract image of two young women’s bodies fused together. I was delighted to watch her work with stylist/writer Petra Kjellstroem at my studio, excited to see how a chic European woman would interpret my cottage.
After she got the shots she needed the light grew too bright and we went to an early dinner. Returning, the light turned autumnal and golden. She went up to my loft after Isuggested I light the candles and lamp, and shot. And shot and shot. It was like watching a dancer. Bowing, bending, ear to the floor, then leaning left, right, forward, back, always closer and closer.
Emma ‘got’ what I tried to do with a fantasy space, and shot it in the way a romantic would see it. And the gift of her interpretation of my cottage is priceless. I love the way Emma saw it.
Until next time, stay shabby!
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