Erik Malm was born in 1964. Since early childhood, he has been very interested in nature. However, it was another strong interest that would become his profession, the music. He studied clarinet at the Music Conservatory in Gothenburg. He has also studied conducting. For many years he played in the opera orchestra at the Malmö Opera as it is now called.
For family reasons, he, however, later changed profession. He is a partner in a family business that manufactures ergonomic office chairs since 1994. Now has the time come to take next step, when the images as Fine Art Prints in low and exclusive editions he shows here in a very serious way has started to find their home of customer from all over the world.
His interest in photography began when he was 12 years old. He then managed to persuade his father to borrow his camera. As the interest grew, he felt no longer that this camera was good enough, so he sold it - without his father's knowledge. Today he is forgiven.
1999 did Erik Malm publish his first book, a great photo book on the Swedish west coast where he grew up. It was in the traditional documentary photographic style. This book was followed by another three that concerned the Swedish west coast, and one of the Antarctic after a trip there in 2004.
It was pure coincidence that got Erik Malm to start with what is now usually called "Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)". You move the camera during long exposures. In Erik Malm cases it to 99.9% single exposures. It is extremely rare that he uses double or multiple exposures.
Since his time as a professional musician, he is trained to perfection. The most common subject at ICM photography in general around the world is trees panned vertically or water horizons panned horizontally. Usually you can see how the camera is moved, often with many parallel lines or double / triple shadows or similar. Another common results are smeared surfaces of the colors without any distinct sharpness. Erik Malm wanted to develop this.
The results Erik Malm worked hard to achieve has claimed more than ten years of practice. However, technique is not the goal but just a way to reach the artistic expression he is seeking. Just as in music.
Erik Malm also has a higher purpose in his pictures than just using them to Fine Art Prints. He is working on a major project about our planet Earth that he wants to show in a way that has not previously been made. More books are in the pipe as well as lectures.
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