• '001' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '001' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '002' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '002' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '003' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '003' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '004' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '004' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '005' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '005' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '006' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '006' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '007' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '007' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '008' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '008' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '009' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '009' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

  • '010' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

    '010' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

Showcase: Margot Wallard

Selected as one of the ten showcases from the Annual submission entry 'Women', Margot Wallard in the series 'Natten', presents the camera as both shield against, and investigator of death; poetised in nature.

Margot Wallard

I started Natten after the release of my book My Brother Guillaume and Sonia (Journal, Sweden 2013) on the death of my brother and his girlfriend.

In the project Natten I wanted and needed to change totally my way of taking pictures. I felt a pressing need to turn the camera onto myself and started for the first time to make self-portraits. I needed to tame my new surroundings in the Värmland region of Sweden. A place, in the middle of nowhere both geographically and mentally, where I moved in 2012.

I used my body as a farewell song and the camera as a shield against the pain caused by the death of my Brother and his partner. I use a medium format to oblige myself to be more quiet and slow. I needed to look death in the face; I found in nature a way of re-poetising it, a place and a quiet calm where I could express the process of questioning what I had just been through.

I recorded reality, expressed in its purest form, I scans the things around me the organic material, vegetable or mineral and dead animals I found on my expeditions. By using this means of recording reality in its pure expression, I find a different way of coming to grips with it.

'001' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

001′ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'002' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘002’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'003' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘003’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'004' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘004’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'005' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘005’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'006' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘006’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'007' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘007’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'008' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘008’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

'009' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘009’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard. 

'010' from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

‘010’ from the series Natten. © Margot Wallard.

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