A few weeks ago, I was asked to photograph the children-books writer Annika Hjerpe for a magazine interview. While talking on the phone with her to book a day for the shoot, she asked me where I came from, as she noticed my accent. ”Oh, I’m from Brazil, from a city in the southern part of the country”, I said. ”Oh, really???”, Annika replied, sounding extremely happy. I couldn’t understand why, but a few seconds later she said: ”My grandma was born in Brazil!”
Only that fact was already super interesting and woke millions of questions in my mind, but I just didn’t know that the best part of her story was yet to come:”She also came from a city in the south: Curitiba. Have you ever been there?” I had to control my hysterical laughter, as she was speaking of my hometown! Her own Swedish grandmother, born in Curitiba, in the beginning of the 1900’s! I don’t know if it was another weird coincidence or just a seredipity, but Annika was almost like the brunette version of my own mother. Already on the phone and by mail, we talked and talked and talked. Annikas grandma’s life story would make a great adventure book!
You can already tell that the ”short” interview became an hour-long and I even got to know Annika’s daughter and granddaughter. Of course that I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of this beautiful famliy. Annika also felt very inspired by our Essencevitae project and kindly donated her children book, Därför är Sofia Glad, that’s about about a little sick girl that found her cure after all her suffering, to the children we are photographing. She has even written a book inspired by me: ”Mamma i trotsåldern”……hihihihihi………
So, Annika, welcome aboard! We are very happy to have such a talented writer and a bright soul in our boat!