Photographer Claes Hillén takes daily walks in the city with his camera. His photography is based on moments that most people just pass by. Whether the pictures are taken on the street, in the pub, on public transport or in some rough little alley, the pictures always contain people. People who do not know that they have just been photographed.
In his lecture, Claes will take you on a tour where he shows photos from his local environment in Gothenburg but also from his travels around Europe.
It will be a conversation about pictures in a close-up way where important questions about them are raised. You can also expect a lot of humor and nice anecdotes about what you might experience as a street photographer.
Claes has been photographing himself through life ever since the day when at the age of 11 when he stole his father’s camera and started playing around with it. For the past 10 years, Claes has more or less devoted himself to Street and he is one of the founders of Gothenburg Street photo Festival.
– That the last two years have been years without travel days feels completely crazy, says Claes. During a normal year, I have about 50-75 travel days where I try to capture the human and soul of Europe’s big cities. The advantage of traveling is that you are free and have time to take pictures around the clock, Claes smiles.
Everyday life is however photographing at home in Gothenburg, and Claes can hardly go out with the dog without the camera. In recent years, the “corona years”, Claes has had four street photo exhibitions, two in Gothenburg, one in Stockholm and one in Borås. Now new, bigger challenges await.