At last, Friday is here! But it wouldn’t be right without your regular dose of beautiful photography to wrap up the week. Today I want to give you a glimpse into the imagination of super-talented Latvian photography student (yes, student!) and blogger Ulrika Kestere, whose work is inspired by fairytales and folklore, fashion, theatre and the animals that live in the beautiful Scandinavian wilderness she currently calls home (Sweden.)
I first came across Ulrika’s work in the form of her project, The Girl with Seven Horses, a beautiful photographic series that made her an instant internet hit. The images above are just 2 of 7 stunning pieces, inspired by this story:
Once upon a time there was a girl who had 7 invisible horses. People thought she was crazy and that she in fact had 7 imaginary horses, but this was not the case. When autumn came the girl spent a whole day washing all her clothes. She hung them on a string in her garden to let the gentle autumn sun dry them. Out of nowhere, a terrible storm came and its fiercefull winds grabbed a hold of all her clothes and all seven horses (authors note: since they are invisible they obviously didn’t weigh much). The girl was devestated and spent all autumn looking for each horse spread around the country, wrapped in her clothes.
Ulrika’s blog is a luscious mixture of photography, illustration and her own daily musings, as she finds endless inspiration in the frosty, dark landscapes of Sweden. She seems to have a fascination with nature and animals, photographing ethereal scenes and striking portraits of her friends, always interacting with the natural world around them – in trees or staring through icy branches. Her excellent portfolio also includes many self portraits, playful animations and melancholy dreamscapes. So pretty…