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Johan Stadling is a landscape photographer from southern Sweden who developed an early love of nature.
He feels deep reverence and harmony when in nature and is passionate about the less complex landscape where colour and shape combine. He tries to capture nature's complex brushstrokes and puzzles in the four corners of the picture.
In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
Johan describes nature as a way of life for him, and it’s clear that he is happiest in her company.
The images we’ve chosen for our interview draw very much on his predilection for pattern; even the birds sit within complexities of shape and form. While our emphasis here is on landscape, no such lines are drawn on Johan’s website and I don’t think he sees a boundary between wildlife and landscape photography; it’s all nature and if that brings joy to his heart, that’s good enough reason.
Would you like to start by telling readers a little about yourself – where you grew up, your education and early interests, and what that led you to do?
I grew up in Sundsvall, a town along the coast in the northern part of Sweden.