Swedish photographer Agnes Thor’s photos are mesmerizing, poetic and thought provoking. You can’t help but feel personal connection with her photographs when you lay eyes on them. Aaron Wynia visited the artist and photographed her at her New York studio. We also asked her a few questions regarding her work and life. Her answers are as sentimental as the photos that she makes, and it comes as no surprise that her favorite gift is a letter from her brother. (Interview by Aidan Johnston)
When did being a full time photographer become a reality for you?
It’s been going in stages, it felt like a reality after I finished my first year of school, since that’s when I started to get my work in to shows and publications. And then it became more of a reality after finally finishing school completely, when I let go of the little b-plans that I used to have in the back of my head, and went on to only do photo related work. Recently I’ve felt this shift again, where it’s even more real somehow. Maybe because I feel that I’m doing exactly what I would like to do.
What do you like about Sweden over the states and vice versa?
I really like the long bright nights during the summer in Sweden, as well as the peoples right to the land, meaning that you can hike and camp for a night basically anywhere you want.
This goes only for New York, but I love the accessibility of things, that there really is things that never closes, and that there’s different cultures and experiences available.
What simple things make your day?
A good cup of coffee in the morning, when it’s little traffic and I can bike fast somewhere, getting mail that isn’t bills (happens very rarely though!).
What’s something you eat back home that no one seems to understand in New York?
Salted liquorice is the best candy ever, but few of my friends really likes the salted version.
What’s a skill you wish you had?
I’m not very good at drawing, and really wish I was better at it.
What photo has changed the way you think about things?
Being in school I saw a lot of conceptual work, and that definitely changed the way I personally work, and probably the way I see things too.
What’s your favorite gift you’ve ever received?
A letter my younger brother wrote me just when I moved away from home, it’s like a little poem, and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever received from anyone.
What could you not live without?
My significant other. (Taking photographs is on a strong second place.)