As I started looking through my images from my journey around Norway and Sweden the other day I stopped at an image that made me flash back to one of my early courses in art history. Kitch I thought. And then I remembered the image it made me think of: “Midsummer Dance”, painted in 1897 by Anders Zorn, probably Sweden’s most famous painter. Zorn was himself from the region Dalarna – where I shot the photograph. He was very into the tradition of Midsummer and even donated a maypole (seen in the background in his painting) to the village of Morklaby where he painted “Midsummer Dance”.

My image does not really resemble the painting, but the warm light from the low sun, and that  soft blur of the dance somehow made me think of this classic Swedish painting. I still think my image is kitchy, but hey so was Zorn!

-Chris