A selection of recent work by Gothenburg, Sweden-based photographer Erik Gustafsson. Working in analogue photography, Gustafsson explores questions relating to the essence of photography beyond documentary narratives. “I revisit the intrinsic elements of the medium, such as depth, meaning-making, representation, reproduction, and the possibilities of experiencing time and space on a flat surface,” he says.
Freed of the demand to find or construct moments worthy of preservation, Gustafsson creates what he describes as “self-reflexive photographs of latency, stasis, and standstill.” Bringing together snapshots of daily life and abstract images created without the use of a camera, his work simultaneously resists and allows for new definitions. “My process often involves cycles of photographing, developing, printing, failing, re-photographing, dodging rules, repeating and scanning,” he explains. “To me, every act of added creation demands the destruction of the original and becomes a way to embrace the dual identity of the human nature, both as creator and destroyer.”
See more from Erik Gustafsson below!