It was nice to have met Swedish writer Katrine Kielos last week on assignment for Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Katrine is based in London and is a columnist for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, she writes about social democracy & economic policy and is the author of a number of books the latest titled Det enda könet.
The brief was to photograph Katrine in a London environment. I chose to use St Paul’s cathedral as a backdrop and we arranged to meet on the Millennium Bridge by the Tate Modern. I set up a small off camera flash and waited for Katrine … the weather was perfect but a strong wind was pushing ominous black clouds in from the west and it threatened to rain. Katrine was late being delayed 20 minutes on the Underground. It rained.
We met up under the bridge and sheltered from the rain for 5 minutes … the downpour was short lived and the wind pushed the clouds on their way and left behind a clear blue sky which was suprising. Sometimes you have to have some luck, the ground now wet from the rain created lovely reflections on the walkway and the low morning sun picked out the cathedral in the background. Keeping St Paul’s as the theme we then went to a side street where I knew I could take a nice portrait using the lines and angles of a modern building.
Technically these images were difficult but I was pleased with the result … as were the papers Picture Desk that sent a nice text message.
Today Katrine has been awarded the ‘Lagercrantzen Prize’ from Dagens Nyheter which each year is awarded to a critic “with intellectual breadth and stylistic excellence.”