SHEET: THE UO ZINE – JOHANNA TORELL

June 18, 2014
SHEET: THE UO ZINE - JOHANNA TORELL

Set your gaze on the UO homepage today and you’ll been treated to the intimate images of Johanna Torell – a photographer featured in our fourth edition of SHEET: The UO Zine, and Womenswear Department Manager at our very own UO Copenhagen.

Born and raised in a small town off the coast of Sweden, Johanna’s photographs portray her raw love of nature, embodied with the emotions endured on her personal adventures traveling across the world.

Selecting just a few of our favourite images, we asked Johanna to describe the moments and meanings behind her beautiful photography.

I document the beds I’ve slept in, cities I have been to, and the people I’ve met along the way. I want place and person to become interchangeable, and I want the people viewing my photos to see that lines of the body are mirrored in landscape – where bed sheets look like clouds and where rolling landscapes can be substituted for the empty rooms I have lived in.

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This photo is of me, jumping into my new bed – I wanted to capture this moment, as it was very strange and uncomfortable for me. Through my travels, I have always been on the search for new places to live. It took me a very long time to actually have a bed of my own.

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This photograph is of a friend of mine, Mimi, and is taken in a forest in Sweden. She was the first person I photographed and felt like every frame was a perfect shot – she really knows how to convey the feelings I am trying to capture.

It was at this photo shoot I realised how much it means to me to be a photographer.


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I have a thing for megalithic monuments, I feel like they tell stories that are very relevant to the mood I am trying to convey. I also want the person and the environment that I’m capturing to become as one. I don’t want you to focus your eyes on just her; instead I want you to see it as a whole, like she is part of this place.

Her name is Sofia, and the place is Ales Stenar – you can find it in the most southern part of Sweden.


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This photograph is a self-portrait that I took in the apartment where I live now. It was taken two months after I moved home from Canada and I was struggling with the feeling of staying in one place for an extended amount of time.

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I started taking photos of beds that I have slept in a very long time ago. Sheets have always reminded me of clouds and empty landscapes. This photograph was taken in New York, 2011.

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This photograph is taken at a secret spot – it exists to remind me that there are places I can go that make me feel at home.

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Manuela is someone that I love to photograph; you’ll see her feature across many of my images. She has this fantastic way about her that fills me full of trust – in this photo she put her trust in me instead. We stood in my apartment, on my wooden flooring and I poured paint all over her. I don’t really like to tell people what to see in photos, but for me I wanted this to remind you of the waves in the ocean.

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This was taken at a moment in time where I needed to take a self-portrait, but instead I used Manuela – I didn’t really feel comfortable to be in it myself as it was around the time someone close to me had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. At this point in my life I found calm is listening to a lot of organ music – so I decided to project a church window on to a wall, which she is then walking through.