“A newborn calf is looking at me. What does she know about her fate? How does she feel about these four walls, about panic or anxiety?” Jesus, that's pretty fucking heavy for a picture of a baby cow. But so goes the mind of Johan Emanuelsson, the 30-year-old son of a farmer, is currently breaking our hearts on a regular basis with his photos of everyday life, the countryside, pain, despair, dogs, and, yeps, cows. Johan started taking photos at a farm after his twin brother, who suffered from schizophrenia, committed suicide there. A few years later he started working as Swedish photography icon Anders Petersen’s assistant, along with covering the afternoon milking, and now Johan is a bright and shining beacon of hope for everyone who likes harsh and beautiful photography.
“Mystery, from birth to death, is a nutrient of life.”
These four photos are from his forthcoming debut book, The Farm, which will be released in 2010 on Journal.