My name is Åsa,
I was born in a very cold winter's day in Stockholm Sweden and maybe that was
the reason that I was going to move up to the northern most part of Sweden,
Lapland. I'm living in a small village by the name of Abisko close to
the mountainous area about 250 kilometres north of the Polar Circle.
Before I found this paradise I was on a constant move around the world.
After 20 years of being away from my homeland Sweden I return and I find myself
a home in this northern territory.
Since my very first day in Lapland I was totally fascinated by the beauty,
the desolateness, the silence and the ever shifting of weathers and winds.
Up here I started to work with tourism and I also became a photographer. There
was no other way to try to show this beauty to other human beings, I had to
try to catch the very soul of Lapland with my camera and so I did.
I have never encountered a landscape that was as bewitching as Lapland and
to be able to show this I created a slideshow.
I named the slideshow Lapland a Year of Light and that was also the name of
my book that I wrote and photographed in1992.
I have been on tour with this slideshow to the southern parts of Sweden where
people have been giving very warm welcomes.
There's has been exhibitions, TV shows, radio talks and the makings of postcards
all of it about Lapland.
I have also received a reward for my photography from the city of Kiruna.
Now I have recreated the slideshow and one of my very best friends David Carlson
has composed the music for it and that together with my pictures is going to
be well worth seeing so I say to you
WELCOME TO SWEDEN
The year of light.