Aska is the (slowly) growing collection of photographs from abandoned, quaint or interesting locations by me, Björn Sahlberg. The homebase is in Stockholm, Sweden.
Why seek these places and spend days photographing them? An initial inspiration was the book Journal of a Ghost Hunter by Simon Marsden that I received for Christmas in 1994. Up until then my view on photography in general was something of a substitute for "real" art like painting or drawing (can you imagine!) but that book had me thinking differently. Then there was also the environments of fantasy literature, comic books, Warhammer games and movies like Bladerunner which all had a strong appeal to me. Still it took a few years before I picked up my dad's old Minolta to use it on my very first explore on, The Mighty Abandoned Cottage of Stäksön in Kallhäll outside of Stockholm. The rest is history.
I'm a big fan of fair use so for any non-commercial means you may blog, post or link to any of these photos. But please link back to the source and/or add proper credit. If you wish to use any of these works commercially please get in touch.
navigate_nextJohn Eklunds elektriska museum Master of the Västerås steam power plant, and more.
navigate_nextKathy's daily Infrastructural goodies, urbanscapes and rurals at rest (and at its best).
navigate_nextModern Swedish Ruins Explorer buddy since way back. Some of our older pics are strikingly similar. (Taken a break in posting.)
navigate_nextMaria's Flickr Among Sweden's best ruin photographers!
navigate_nextPavel Matveyev's website My comrade Pavel approaches abandonments in a very open and personal way.
navigate_nextPfitzer pfotograpfy All film, all daring, all talent. And a very good Internetz-friend!
navigate_nextThe Work of Castor Moody rural exploration on stills and on video.
navigate_nextYann's Flickr Analog abandonments with a French grace. A very good friend on Flickr and IRL.
Some of my photos made it elsewhere!
An exhibition with my photos from an old industrial zone the years before it was turned into one of Stockholm's largest arenas. Most of the featured photos can be seen in the album Arenastaden / Solna Badlands.
Solna public library in Stockholm. Spring 2013.
One of my Flickr photos was chosen for this impressive cavalcade of old power stations. April 2013.
And yes, also part of the Industrial Decay Network's second book. November 2009.
Featured in Industrial Decay Network's first book. October 2008.
Are you a fellow explorer of the abandoned, into intriguing infrastructure or collecting quirky surroundings with whatever gear? Then how about trading prints? I have traded with online friends a few times and it's great fun! Also more tasteful to keep others' prints on the wall rather than your own, right. Ok then, just get in touch.
What's squeking when on location and rumbling underneath Aska's rusty hood.
I came across this nice Horseman kit at the Kamerloppis camera flea market in the spring of 2016. The combination of tilt-shift, medium format and a cool retro tech look made it an easy choice. Yes, it's tricky to use. Yes, it's slow to use. And yes, it's great fun to use!
What would the world be without these Great Additons to Mankind's Collected Knowledge!
Too loud to be forgotten.