photography

Darkest day, new beginnings & Togetherness in 2019

We have just passed midwinter and the light is now coming back, what does that mean to you?

For me yule is all about family, all about the children and perhaps becoming aware of your inner-child. We are the magic makers now. Well, nature is providing as usual, but we are the ones putting up the bright stars in the widows of Stockholm homes.

What is that leading star? Togetherness? A future, where you can be you a bit more? A world where we for ones realise we are all connected? A world where adults feel just a wee bit better, so they can make space for the next generation of adults, our children…

Tryggare kan ingen vara
än Guds lilla barnaskara,
stjärnan ej på himlafästet,
fågeln ej i kända nästet.

I didn’t want to start off with “going on ” about Instagram and Facebook, but most of you know that I had every second updated deleted by the oppressive social media platform.

This is my family, we are not up for censorship, we are real people full of blood, life and stories. We lived lives in our bodies, children were delivered.

I welcome you to Stockholm suburbia December 2018: here is my cousin and her family ,(Michaela and Johannes) . My father is right in there, in the twilight, with the blackbird. Jannice’s daughter Ella who was also removed from Instagram. My syssling Jeanette: embracing the first new moon of 2019. This is my platform and you all are welcome.

Love (always)

Jannica Honey

Photography Work & A Hunter Full Moon in the Sky

I thought, since we had a beautiful hunter last night, I wanted to announce some magic.

Last couple of months has been very hectic. I have not only covered most of the United Kingdom on a journey photographing venues and their owners for lovely Bev and Mark at The Music Venue Trust. I have also had the absolute honour to create imagery for two women (mina fina häxor) that is working aligned with the moon and all her phases/cycles. I mean, like that is magic? It is actually just nature, isn’t it?

I will write more about this at a later point, but for now I will be shining light on (like the full moon) the work, please follow the links, they can take you to a completely new place.

Please check out their beautiful work over here:

Kristina Turner’s Urban Goddess https://urbangoddess.se/

Rebecca Tiger’s Snipp Sauna https://snippsauna.com/

Love (always)

Honey x

Facebook ban, Swedish Elections & A Magic New Moon in Edinburgh.

Most of you are aware of that the Swedish elections just happened and the result was pretty detrimental for women and men. I try to cheer myself up with that over 80% of the Swedes still believe in humanity.

I did a blog about this last night and the link on Facebook resulted in another 30 days ban, nipple drama as usual. Why does Facebook hate the female body so much?

I did a new moon When The Blackbird Sings shoot last night. I tend to do this when I feel disempowered , scared and angry. 

Creation as a expression.

Creation as something nurturing.

The new moon was welcomed with someone special (Roselle Seraphina) - always at twilight. 
Intimacy/
Presence/
Intimacy/
Two humans, meeting at the exact same spot.
When The Blackbird Sings means  kvinnor tillsammans. 

#fuckSD #femaleempowerment #redwine #swedishElection always radical never extreme.

When The Blackbird Sings (press-release)

When the Blackbird Sings (2016-2017) focuses on the female body and its links with nature.

The compelling works depict naked women of all ages as well as poetic shots of flowers in water. The subjects are family, friends and acquaintances of the artist, always posing outdoors and at twilight. Honey shot the fascinating images over the course of a whole year, exclusively on every full and new moon, starting at the October 2016 Supermoon. When the Blackbird Sings is named after the bird which signals twilight with a song; while shooting the series Honey was stricken by the song’s memento mori-undertones.

The resulting photographs unveil lyrical still lifes alongside delicate moments of tenderness and unashamed femininity, and celebrate the beauty of the female form at any age. While some of the sitters are smiling directly at the camera, others are looking away from it, almost blending into the surrounding setting of moss and trees. The colourful flowers, including daisies and passion flowers, are captured resting on the surface of Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. Honey shot across Scotland and Sweden to illustrate her attachment to both her adoptive and home countries.

Shooting at twilight allowed Honey to challenge the limitations of her chosen medium, in part for the time constraint (twilight only lasts 15-20 minutes), but also for the particular blue hue the light takes on during that time. While most photographers consider it unflattering for theirs subject matter and shy away from it, Honey explores its potential to offer a glimpse of an ephemeral moment in the 24 hour-cycle. When the Blackbird Sings also delves into the significance and symbolism of dusk and explores the ethereal quality of twilight; an in-between moment which doesn’t belong to either day or night, and which Honey sees as an emotional, reflective pause in her day.

When the Blackbird Sings started when Honey felt compelled to reaffirm her own ‘feminine voice’ in the face of personal challenges and male-dominated political events - in particular the recent death of her grandmother and the US elections. By basing her shooting schedule on moon cycles - an intrinsic feminine rhythm - Honey channeled the earth’s natural rhythms into her work, and explored her own reconnection to womanhood and femininity.

Honey’s work is often concerned with the female body and the place of women in society. In 2011 she spent two months photographing Edinburgh strippers, providing a candid and sensitive insight into a world rarely captured. Honey is a successful commercial photographer whose previous work focuses on fashion, journalism and music photography. Her award-winning images has been published in The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Aesthetica Magazine. In 2013 she spent time in the native Mohawk reservation in Canada, working on a photography project related to identity and belonging.

Jannica Honey was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1974. She moved to Edinburgh to study photography and digital imaging at Telford College, after completing a BA in Humanities (anthropology and criminology) at Stockholm University in 1998. She won the prestigious Fuji Award for her fashion photography in 2003. She lives and works in Edinburgh.

 

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