Sweden and its 9 millions inhabitant should be, according to a 1996 study, in the third place for worldwide music exports after U.S. and U.K. Mysterious. And even more, according to a more recent study in 2010, Sweden is in first place in terms of GDP a bit ahead of the United Kingdom.
A mysterious success when you think that for most of the people, Swedish music can be resumed to ABBA.
Music fan and close from musicians because of his work as portrait photographer for press and record label, Julien Bourgeois went to Sweden to see what could be the reasons of the fertility of the Swedish scene.
For two years and dozen of round-trips the photographer has met 35 musicians from the indie pop scene across the country to ask them to show places that inspire their music. Trying to find the link between their environment and their music, between their country and its success.
35 confirmed musicians or newcomers brought him in their childhood landscapes, where they live or where they like to stroll. Sharing with Bourgeois a country he didn’t know anything about.
The texts tell the meetings, their choices and the answers he could be witness of. The medium format analog pictures show the diversity of landscapes and seasons as well as the scandinavian love for nature and a light you can’t find anywhere else. A book half-way from the travel book and the portrait of a musical scene: Sweden seen through its musician.
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