Get Featured: Christian Nilson


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Get Featured: Christian Nilson
Christian shares with us street-not-street photography from Sweden. A well composed and strong series of images entitled Confoederatio Helvetica Mea. Check it out.

The little boring bit at the beginning about me. My name is Christian Nilson, Im a Swedish guy living and photographing in Switzerland. I live here with my wife and daughter.  I have been photographing “seriously” for about 3 years. Before that it was mostly holiday/travel stuff.


For the major part of the last 3 years I have been photographing what most people call street, candid scenes and people. I have been through a lot of different phases in these 3 years, some shorter than others. I did a year with black and white film only, I have done medium format, both 6×6 and 6×7. But since about a year now I mostly shoot digital. Developing and scanning just took up too much time. It is not easy to juggle a day job, family and a passion like photography, especially when you have to develop and scan film.


Making a living with photography is my goal, but Im not in a hurry. It will take time, until I reach that, Im continuously trying to improve and broaden my horizon. During the last 2 years I have been taking various workshops and am currently enrolled in a 1 year workshop with JH Engström and his wife Margot Wallard. This workshop has been the best thing I have done so far, it’s really helping to broaden my horizon.


I have been getting a bit fed-up with street photography, especially the stuff that is currently popular, cut-off limbs, tilted angles etc. Single photos that don’t really tell a story. For myself I have always tried to work in series, it helps me with my motivation and structure. But I found that my series don’t really have a message either, so I am currently working on a long-term project; enter Confoederatio Helvetica Mea.


Confoederatio Helvetica Mea, is a series about my Switzerland. How I see Switzerland as a foreigner. It´s a mix of street/documentary/photojournalism and it´s a very personal project for me. I have been living in Switzerland for 11 years now and as with everything else in life it has its good and its bad sides. These different sides are very individual and probably differ from person to person. My goal with this project is to make a book out of it. The photos you see here are a very small part of the whole project, a lot of the photos for it have not been published on-line at all, I´m trying to keep them for the book. The biggest challenge for me is to avoid making a book with only cliches, I’m therefore trying to find ways around this. Let’s see how it develops and I hope to be able to have the book ready in about 2 years from now.

A calf, one of the main awards for the top wrestler

If someone should be interested in my work, they can find it here:

Man dressed in the local dress with the typical spoon earing.


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6 comments on “Get Featured: Christian Nilson”

    F. Martin September 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm / Reply

    Really nice work. I did check your website. The picture of the fishpond and the steamer… priceless.

    Good luck!

      Chris September 5, 2014 at 12:39 am /

      Thank you!

    Zach Chudley September 10, 2014 at 5:02 am / Reply

    Great little series Christian. Your use of flash and surreal composition some what reminds me of Jeff Mermelstein’s – No Title Here publication. Keep it up!

      Christian September 12, 2014 at 3:55 am /

      Thanks Zach!

    Beat Belmont September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm / Reply

    Hey Christian, nice to see the work of a fellow switzerland-based photographers here. I like your stuff, but does it really show “your switzerland” or do you like to play with clichés?

    Cheers, Beat Belmont

      Christian September 12, 2014 at 4:01 am /

      Hi Beat,
      Thanks! Yep it’s my Switzerland. It’s not cliché to me, but I’m well aware that it can be cliché to others.

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