Håkan Fredén

“Something Happened”


We were walking through a deep forest in southern Sweden. Suddenly there was a glade in the forest and at the edge we found this garden furniture and the little wheelbarrow. Why was it there? There was no house in the neighborhood, only a small winding path going somewhere. No people around, no voices. Just the wind soughing through the trees. Something had happened.


I have photographed all my life, at least as far as I can remember. I have no favorite motifs when I take photos. I am looking for compositions. It is all about geometry, Cartier-Bresson once said. I have shown my photos at several exhibitions in Sweden and my work is represented in public and private collections.

Selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.