Saturday, March 31, 2012

together in limbo

I recently finished my magazine project at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The magazine was a collective work of 10 individual stories under the theme "Europe's New Challenges." Each photographer was responsible for the photo story, text and layout design.

I photographed Lucina, a woman who escaped Russia and is now living in Denmark's largest asylum seeker camp. While in Russia Lucina lost her mother to murder and was raped on the same night. When she arrived to Denmark that she was three months pregnant. She lives with her now 2-year-old son David in the camp and is still waiting to find out of she will be approved for refugee status in Denmark.

Working on this project was challenging for me as far as access, language barriers, gaining trust of the asylum seekers but most of all emotionally. I met Lucina through the help of local residents, people who used to live in Sandholm and people who currently live there.

The photo story and text can be viewed on pages 62-69 here:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Barbie Girl, Real World

Lene Darlie Pedersen has dolls. Over 3000 of them. She has been collecting Barbies that date as far back as 1959 when the first versions were produced in Germany. Her personal collection with her husband in her home extends to vintage drawings, sewing figurines and doll houses. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day in the life: Dating in Denmark

For our day in the life assignment I photographed Lesley Peel. Peel has lived internationally but settled in Denmark in 2005 with her former husband and three children. Peel and her husband split recently and since she has become a member of the exclusive online dating website Elite Daters. However, Peel has found it difficult to connect on dates through the language barrier and struggles to make the decision to stay in Denmark and find a partner, move abroad or return to the UK with her 11-year-old daughter.

Peel stands in the doorway of her classroom where she teaches at Rygaards International School in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Peel holds her 11-year-old daughters book bag while she puts on her coat after school.

Peel washes dishes and prepares dinner in her apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark. Peel was living in a home owned by her husband's company but when they separated she moved into a smaller apartment with her children.

Peel stands alone in her kitchen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Peel goes on a date with a man she met on the Elite Daters website. 

Peel walks her dog Daisy in her new neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thursday, March 1, 2012