Stockholm: Gebers, 1967. Fine. Spine ever so slightly cocked. / Near-fine. Half inch rip on top of front; one and a half inch rip on top of backside. Shelf wear and minor stains. Item #4543
Tall-Maja—that’s what they call her, the “skogsrået” – the Lady of the Forest – in the forest districts of Värmland in Sweden. Charcoal makers, hunters and foresters could glimpse her among the tree trunks, and tales were told of men who had come under her spell and become very strange.
Photographer Agneta Ekman has made a book about this mysterious forest spirit, both a tale about an erotic relationship between a man and the “skogsrå” and – if you like – about the melancholy we northerners feel in our elusive longing for a life so deeply enmeshed in the richness of our natural world that we can find harmony with our inner selves. They are pictures of dreams and visions and their forest poetry encompass both fears and ecstatic joy.
Bengt af Klintberg’s texts originate in authentic folk tales and records of old beliefs about the “skogsrå.”
Swedish. Fifty-four b/w images.
Unsigned typescript in Swedish laid in.