Interview: Tekla Severin / by Colin Czerwinski

Swedish photographer, Tekla Severin, is a master at bringing to life what others might see as angles. The colorization of the photos only highlight the architectural collisions of visual spectrums the human eye might otherwise find boring. Featured here are extensive collages of both manmade and natural objects finding their space to breathe in. Finding an innate comfort in sparse post production, the artist captivates viewers with a sense of realism, but placed in the regular field of individuals. The ability to take corners and bring them into a living world truly transcends the idea of photography. This is an interview with the artist where the eye meets paper, answering questions on influences, production and cameras (of course).

Q: What motivated you to pursue a career in interior architecture and furniture design? Did photography come before or after your studies? 

A: I dreamt about creating spatial concepts, and I still love doing that. The traditional daily work as an interior architect in an architect office is a completely something else though. Thats why I started to go towards working more multidisciplinary, because I felt creative under stimulated and here I am. 

My photography career has happened in 3 periods:

My first meeting with photography was in high school during a short photo course. You processed your copies yourself. Time flied. I never wanted to leave the lab. But, it never hit me that you could do it for a living or even a passion. It was too far away from the background that I came from. 

My next photo period was a few years later when I moved to Stockholm from my hometown of Gävle. I had taken over my dads old family camera - a Canon AE-1 - and discovered that when I loaded it with camera film that was to be used only for slide show purposes, I reached so much brighter colors (this was my first step towards todays colorful street photos). I loved walking around the streets and discovering my new city through the camera lens. 

Then it was years of other things. I even run 2 food cafés! Then I studied art school, interior architecture, furniture design and eventually became an interior architect. 

My next photo period wasn't really until iPhone and Instagram came along. The daily accessibility made me discover how much i've missed taking photos. 

Q: How often are you working and collaborating on projects for clients?

A: It depends; really much from time to time, I have had to focus on a big exhibition design project that I'm excited about (opening November 2016). 

Q: What camera(s) are you currently shooting with for your photo work?

A: Oh, it's different. I actually don't own any big DSLR, so I borrow from friends when is needed. Otherwise I just use a compact Lumix Panasonic. But for Instagram I use my phone 95% of the time. 

Q: You're photos are very clean. when you edit your photos, are you usually light on post production or are you usually heavy handed?

A: Yes, I'm always light on post. 

Q: Have you ever had the chance to visit the United States? I'm sure there are vast differences betwen the U.S. and Sweden when it comes to ascetics in art. 

A: Twice actually; NYC in 2013 and the west coast (Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco and LA) in 2014. THey both were two amazing trips! San Fransisco was totally amazing street photography wise. 

Q: What kind of music do you usually listen to? Recommend some to us!

A: I could give you some Swedish artists that you might like: Amason and Deportees. It may be a bit old now, but Jens Lekman as well. 


Be sure to check out the rest of Tekla's work on her website and to follow her Instagram account, @teklan