The book is called Bentes Bog and is about my mother, who took her own life while I was still a kid, is built around letters and photos found behind a bookshelf right after my father's death in 2013.
They had been concealed there since my childhood
In almost all cultures suicide is unspoken of and heavily tabooed and the silence following it often is far more damaging than the incident itself.
This book is about the process of forgiveness.
The project starts off as a pure grieving and missing projects but unexpectedly through forgiveness develops into a declaration of love to her as a mother and the acceptance of her difficult choice.
Through the work with the pictures and the letters, a virtual space is created in which our relationship for a short while is restored - long enough for us to meet and regain each other, almost like Orpheus reaching into the realm of death for his lost love and meeting her for a short moment before death claims back what is its.
The book is constructed from 350 g watercolour paper and much like a childrens book where you can fold in and out, back and forth in all directions of the cross.
Folded its 21cm x 21 cm. Unfolded 70 cm x 60 cm.
It is in Danish with an attached appendix showing résumé of the most important letters and text in English.
It is delivered in a hard box.
I am a Danish male living in Copenhagen with a career as food carter and chef.
An autodidact photographer since 2001 backed up by classes in classic composition, street, storytelling, photojournalism and portrait.
Street photography has been the favourite form of expression until my attendance at Master Class Visual Story Telling with photo school Fatamorgana, Copenhagen in 2017 (https://www.fotoskolen.fata.dk/).
Since then photo collage and story telling has been my favourite tool. Something I enjoy immensely.
During my stay at Fatamorgana I discovered a very personal way of expressing whats important for me.
My CV is almost non-existing except for a major street photo decoration job in a doctors clinic north of Copenhagen in 2013.
Beyond that mostly private photo jobs and sellings and photography for the love of it without any thought of going public.
I have produced one book with the best of my street photography for friends as the main target.
Going public was never an ambition - until now probably because I for the first time have produced a footprint that represents me and have a story worth telling.
The Master Class in Visual Story Telling with Fatamorgana in Copenhagen finished as mentioned in November 2017.
My teacher was Mette Frandsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)( http://www.mettefrandsen.com/).
You are most welcome to contact her for references.
As the main project for this Master Class the book I like to present at Mabb 2018 was created and is called Bentes bog.
Side projects were a collage collection reflecting on religion and faith, and a comic style badass storybook about a photographer who sets out to photograph his own darkness