Old Treasure

THE FIRST 3 IMAGES…                                                                                                                                                                          When I was in art school in Stockholm in 1986, I found in a container an old, small wooden box that had once contained butter. The box now contained many old photographic glass negatives. I developed very exited them in my schools dark room and be able to look in the faces of people from the 1920-1930ies (I guess)

I contacted a museum in Stockholm that informed me that this was the KFUM’s (Swedish scout organization = YMCA) gymnasts, and that the group picture was taken at their headquarters that used to be at Snickarbacken 7 in Stockholm.

THE REST…                                                                                                                                                                                             Still in art school in 1988, I was able to enter an abandoned prison in Stockholm (Långholms fängelset). The rest of the images are from there. After trying to break in a superintendent finally let me in! I had a manual SLR Canon camera with no flash, but fortunately I was able to catch the mysterious beauty of the place. The last image , the “house on the hill” was death row and painted completely black inside. This is where the last execution in Sweden took place with a guillotine. Today the whole complex is renovated and turned into Hotel/hostel/resort

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