Category Archives: Personal

Oh, California.

Road trips. There’s something magical about seeing a country out the window of a car. Take in the landscape, smell the air change from salty ocean to pine forests. Listen to good music. Stop for food somewhere and then keep driving. Often without a goal.

This is the California I saw during a few warm weeks last fall.

Rest in peace, Leonard Knight.

Shot with an Ikoflex on Fuji 400H.

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February 15, 2014 - 9:21 am

Cherlyn - Lovely…nice to be able to recognize some of these spots too!

February 15, 2014 - 9:24 am

Anni - Love these. I’m headed to SF next week, California’s such a good place to recharge and search one’s soul.

February 15, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Stephanie - Awesome. I know that little kitty in the window. I pass by that bookstore often. :)

February 15, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Courtney M - These photos make me very excited….road tripping the US for my 30th next year with John – I will definitely be seeking out some secret spots from your travels! Lake Sardine is already on the list :)

February 15, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Caitlin - I love every single one of these! Love what film does to things :)

February 16, 2014 - 7:46 am

Caroline Sada - Hello lovely photographer. I just wanted to say that ur style is amazing..keep up the good work. Loving what you do, is everything that matters. Greetings from Estonia (:

February 18, 2014 - 2:25 am

Veronica Varos - Love these. Especially the shot of the tree stump/drift wood on the water. Stunning.

February 22, 2014 - 5:20 am

McKay Photography - Cool photos :)

February 28, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Ricki ford - i love these! i love film..

March 22, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Sally - Ive been back a couple times now to see the grocery carts again. Maybe they’re supposed to look abandoned, but to me, they look cheeky. So William Carlos Williams-ishly self-important somehow. Love it. :)

March 29, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Hochzeitsfotograf Vladimir Propp - geile reportage!!!

April 4, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Matt - A good testament that we all need to do more personal work!

2014 – a year of hope.

It’s 2014.

In my childhood years in Sweden, New Years Day was a dull and grey number, a day of clouds and leftover food, of hangovers and broken promises. Today I live in Australia and life is different. New Years Day is different. The first day of the year is a bright summer’s morning yelling at you to get up, telling you to get going and it’s (almost, sorry, i had some shots last night) impossible not to get inspired.

I have another year of shooting around the world ahead of me. A year of travels, but also a year of looking after myself. I feel in control for the first time in a very, very long time.

I have a few new years resolutions.

I’m going to write more. I pulled the blog off the front page of my website for that very reason. I am a writer. I was born to write, i know that now and this is an effort to get back into it. If i don’t write enough, bug me on social media, poke me and yell at me at airports. I need to write more. It’s who i am, it’s what i do.

I also take photos.

So I’m doing that too.

Today I’m starting a couple of 365 projects. The main one will be an Instagram project, a visual journal of sorts, so if you want to see what I’m doing this year, i suggest you follow me on instagram. I’m also working on a Polaroid project (see image below), I don’t know exactly where it’s going, but i know i have to keep at it. It feels important.

I’m also planning to keep doing my workshops in 2014, so if you have a group of people (around 15 is a good number) anywhere in the world, please contact me and we’ll make it happen if we can.

But mainly i want to shoot weddings. In Australia and overseas. Like i have been for the last five years. So if you’re getting married, write me, ok? Nothing is too small, i get people who tell me they didn’t contact me because they afraid their wedding wasn’t cool enough and that saddens me immensely.

You’re getting married.

It’s pretty much the coolest thing ever.


January 1, 2014 - 11:15 am

Juliet mckee - I love your work and can’t wait to see and read about your adventures and experiences in 2014. You continue to inspire me.

January 1, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Allyson - I’m starting a 365 Project for 2014, too. Excited to follow along with yours!

January 1, 2014 - 12:13 pm

chris prestidge - epic ! looking forward to sharing more of 2014

January 1, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Paul Ebbage - nice work mate.

January 1, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Hanna - Oh write, please write! We’re still quite a few of us hanging around since the days you left Göteborg and moved down under and started following your blog and, not only loved but felt at home with your writing. Your pictures are epic and speak for themselves, obviously, but for me, your writing is still number one. You tell stories and put better words to our feelings than we could ourselves. It’s like listening to Håkan sing I guess. I still remember the “What about the boys”- column, so true. So, please continue to write, you fill a void. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2014!

January 1, 2014 - 11:14 pm

jeff - happy new year jonas. thank you for the inspiration!

January 2, 2014 - 3:22 am

Genevieve Neal - The Polaroid project looks intriguing. Can’t wait to see more! Happy 2014!

January 3, 2014 - 2:09 am

Paul Von Rieter - I am happy that u are committing to write more… It was one of the first things I thought was so interesting about your blog when I was sent the link 4 years ago. Happy 2014 bub, excited to see what beautifully epic visual shenanigans u create and the words u write. Get after it u crazy Swede u.

January 3, 2014 - 3:06 am

Micha - Wow Jonas, pretty inspiring words. Good luck with your new years resolutions!

January 3, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Caroline - You look back at grey gloomy days of broken promises and I look back and long for crisp air, candle lights and a wonderful family life in Sweden again. ;-). No matter what, your photos are beautiful and amazing and I just shared them with a friend who is Kyrgyz and who is also a photographer. Your photos inspire us all.

January 5, 2014 - 11:05 am

Karol - I am looking forward to read your future blog posts. It makes me feel better:)

January 7, 2014 - 7:47 am

scout - Loving the images so far man. Can’t wait for more :)

January 8, 2014 - 11:47 am

James - 2013 was the first year I saw your work and you’ve inspired me to no ends. Thank you for sharing your passion and life with us!

2013 – a year in transition

It’s been a year in transition, both mentally and physically. I’ve lost and I have found and I’ve realised this journey I’m on is far from over. I’m still learning about who I am. I’ve met so many people and been to so many places, I feel it would be weird to point anyone or anywhere out. This selection of images is in no way a best of, it’s merely some notes along the way, a reflection of where I’ve been, but also in many ways of where i’m going. In a few days I’ll be posting one of my favourite weddings from 2013, so make sure you check it out. I love what I do. More than you can ever understand.

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December 31, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Mackenzie - Beautiful work and a beautiful year.

December 31, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Danny - Damn Jonas your are amazing! Great work! Your year was pretty spectacular man.

December 31, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Nicole - Beautiful photos and words… “I’ve lost and I have found” resonated with me as having been true for my year as well. Happy 2014!

December 31, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Danielle - Breathtaking….

December 31, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Kim C - It is such a beautiful thing seeing someone so engrossed in what they love.Congratulations on such a wonderful year, 2013 has been MEGA!

December 31, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Emilie - Goose bumps… Ellie Goulding… this song… these images… perfection.

December 31, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Dave Sundstrom - Jonas … these are stunning. Definitely some of your best work!

December 31, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Jeff - thank you jonas

December 31, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Sara - Mind is blown.

December 31, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Anonymous - For me the pinnacle of your work this year was your film wedding which had the unique Jonas stamp on it but realised in beautiful film. Well done for making it your own. This is not to detract from the other great weddings you’ve shared, especially Jan and Melissa’s, either. I hope we get the chance to see more film weddings from you in 2014 :)

December 31, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Ashlee - sheer beauty.

December 31, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Nicola - Beautiful! Thank you for Sharing Jonas, you have been to some truly beautiful and amazing places. Loved looking at a snippet of your year.

December 31, 2013 - 4:42 pm

gingermurray - wonderful, jonas. so wonderful.
i hope your 2014 is your best year yet. you and i are going through different transitions, but none the less, I’m ready to be done with 2013!:)
hope we can continue learning and growing, and never stop… but hopefully it is all for the greater good, and we’ll find something wonderful at the end, and even along the way (as your photographs reflect, you have already, despite the transition year). hug to you.

December 31, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Michael Wachniak - This work is incredible,Jonas, as it always is. I am more inspired though at what you wrote. Probably the time of year that has put me in a nostalgic set of mind, but ‘the journey being far from over’ really hit home. Thank you!

December 31, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Tomasz Wagner - Wait, in one of the photos are there staff members holding up a palm tree from crashing over?

Spektakularne obrazy przyjaciela!

December 31, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Rashingam - Absolutely stunning jonas. Can’t wait to see.

December 31, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Rob - Loving it dude!

December 31, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Jay Rowden - What a year you have had!!! Love your work big fella. The world is a richer place with your photographic presence. Look forward to seeing what you give us in 2014. Happy New Year, Jay

December 31, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Quique magás - Awesome all your work. love it!!

December 31, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Andy Pickard - Fabulous work, I love how you use context in your portraits

December 31, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Edyta - so many places and so many emotions.. beautiful! thank you for sharing this, it’s so inspiring!

December 31, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Tuomas Mikkonen - Simply greatness, as always!

December 31, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Kristin - Fantastiskt på alla sätt!

Gott Nytt År!

December 31, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Anna Taylor - Such an inspiring year. Simply stunning.

December 31, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Mary Jane Bohlen - BREATHTAKING!!!!! May you enjoy a New Year of good health, happiness, and peace. Look forward to seeing you in LA.

December 31, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Jairo Crena - Stuning. Beautifull!

December 31, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Shahed - My god I love these photos!! You are such an inspiration- look forward to seeing what you do in 2014! All the best!

January 1, 2014 - 12:14 am

Jessica - You’re just so damn good, Jonas! Like Incredible beyond words!

January 1, 2014 - 12:43 am

Jessica - It’s the journey that’s beautiful. We forget that when we’re focused too much on the destination as a goal. Lovely year Jonas.

January 1, 2014 - 1:40 am

Becca - Wow!

January 1, 2014 - 2:16 am

Richard Pham - Such inspiring photos! Beautiful!

January 1, 2014 - 3:11 am

Arek - Love them all ! All the best in 2014 Jonas!

January 1, 2014 - 4:06 am

Maureen Du Preez - Another fantastic year, congrats. Looking forward to seeing where 2014 brings you! :)

January 1, 2014 - 4:26 am

Rebecca - Jonas, you seriously rock.

January 1, 2014 - 5:11 am

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January 1, 2014 - 7:47 am

Johanna - Always an inspiration. All the best for 2014!

January 1, 2014 - 10:07 am

Renee Bell - so so wonderful! such an amazing artist Jonas!

January 1, 2014 - 12:05 pm

chris prestidge - breath taking jonas!

January 1, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Craig Chiswell - Inspiring mate.

January 1, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Eric Ronald - Brilliant my man. Brilliant.

January 1, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Jessica Lund - I love the last photo! Breathtaking!

January 2, 2014 - 2:52 am

John Hope - Stunning as always

January 2, 2014 - 9:29 am

Anna Turner - Beautiful!!!

January 2, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Shari - Thanks for this. Truly inspiring, Jonas. Hoping 2014 is filled with more finds and less losses. Happy New Year!

January 2, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Jakub - Some very beautiful moments there. All the best for 2014!

January 3, 2014 - 4:07 am

Anonymous - Beautiful set of shots. Looks like you had a great year.

January 5, 2014 - 1:50 am

Hedvig - Du är en av de mest inspirerande fotografer som jag vet om. Om du någonsin behöver lite svensk assistans får du gärna höra av dig!

January 5, 2014 - 6:57 pm

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January 6, 2014 - 7:25 am

Babb - Just beautiful.

January 7, 2014 - 7:46 am

Scout - Beautiful man, just beautiful.

January 11, 2014 - 4:41 am

McKay Photography - Wow what an amazing year!

January 14, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Jason Ding - What a journey!

January 14, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Bambi - Beautiful work Jonas. May you continue to find inspiration so that we may seek it from you :-)

January 21, 2014 - 6:40 am

My Wedding Photographer - I love your pictures. You’ve really got a talent, it’s inspired me to go away and study a hell of a lot harder. I will be coming back for inspiration I think.

January 31, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Ben Joseph - Simply exceptional work. Subtle, thoughtful and intelligent.Well done Jonas.

April 9, 2014 - 11:28 am

juanita - A truly astounding collection of images. Congratulations!