“I am going to spend the Summer in a cabin in the woods in sweden and I am not taking my telephone with me: for a couple of months nor e-mail or phone calls could reach me. I will work on my new book while I am away.”
That’s how young and successful Swedish-born/London-based photographer Lina Scheynius has announced her imminent leave a few months ago when we reached her for the interview. The book she mentions is “07” — that’s how she has titled it according to the previous ones simply numbered.
Lina has pale and transparent skin and strawberry blonde hair — as she described herself — she’s enigmatic like Ingmar Bergman’s women. Although she gets people incredibly close to her personal life through photography, and despite the intimacy of her images, Lina remains some sort of mystery.
MG Where were you born?
MG What is the best memory of your childhood?
MG If you have to describe yourself, both the way you look and your personality, what would you say?
MG Do you think you look more like your father or your mother?
MG When did you start taking pictures? And when did you start taking pictures of yourself?
MG You were working as a model. Have you ever felt uncomfortable in front of the camera?
“I GET INSPIRED FROM LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE. THINGS NEAR AND DEAR TO ME ARE MY FAVORITE SUBJECT.
AND WHEN I SHOOT I TRY TO LEAVE ROOM FOR SOMETHING SPONTANEOUS TO HAPPEN.”
MG Do you feel comfortable with having images of yourself and of your life on the internet without knowing where they are going to end up?
MG When do you take self-portraits?
MG Is the self-portrait a sort of therapy?
MG What do you think of the Instagram generation and the current mania for “selfies?”
MG The pictures you take seem like an intimate diary. Do you keep other forms of diaries?
MG Do you write about specific matters?
MG When did you start to work in fashion? What was your first fashion job and how did it happen?
MG Being a photographer feels more like a chance or a destiny?
MG If you were not a photographer, what would you be?
MG What and who are your sources of inspiration?
MG What is the subject you prefer?
MG Which place do you consider home?
MG What do you do as a first thing when you land to a new place?
MG What was the most difficult part of growing up?
MG What do you miss the most of your past life?
MG What do you dream about when you close your eyes?
MG The best piece of advice you have been given.
MG If you had to choose someone to be you in a film, who would it be?
MG What music helps you to get inspired?
MG What is the picture you are most proud of taking?
MG Where do you feel most free?