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Olle Carlsson is a Stockholm based photographer whoom is primarly known for his official promotion photography with bands like Opeth, The Haunted, Soilwork, HIM, Danzig, Nevermore, In This Moment, Katatonia, Dark Funeral and countless of indie bands, hired by their record labels like RoadRunner Records, Nuclear Blast USA & Germany, Century Media USA & Germany, Regain Records, printed as booklet materials and cover stories for magazines like Close Up Magazine, Terrorizer, MetalHammer among other media channels world wide.
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Olle Carlsson bug out his creative quest at Åskmolnsvägen 57 outside Uppsala, Sweden, Earth and studied astronautic rocket science with baloons in preschool. He sketched mechanical impossibilities duplicated to classmates and bought a fifty bucks acoustic guitar at the age of ten. Possessed by the sound of that punk rock whang! power chord meanwhile he showed off some contest-winning eurodisco dance moves in spray-canned middle school. He wrote imaginary hockey articles on grandma's typewriter, hammered down novels of passion on his Atari ST about his oh Golly! teacher and planning on a music studio in his little sister's playhouse.
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He moved to Täby and lived with his cousins fifteen years old. He was introduced to death metal and rehearsed at the legendary Runan were bands like Entombed and Tiamat had practiced. Guitars replaced by drumskins, Meshuggah cerebral palsy became a subject of studies and he skipped classes to hide in the music room at school and refused to learn about swedish presidents. He got the music stipendium for basically being a classcutter. Scandinavian heavy hitting got replaced by american pop culture, soon the dorks of grunting was a bore and Pharrell groove oriented titty sqeezing became the shizzle.
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He started off high school with natural sciences programme. Indeed a passion for science and electrocuted Einstein hairstyle astrophysics but the idea of having these pink-shirters as future colleagues made him quit before doing a Columbine and to start over with media and the real losers. He developed a fascination with visuals to shoot bands guided by the brilliance of Anton Corbijn.
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The photography turned it's eye towards fashion to apply this gritty, dirty feel of disgust onto lipstick oh-my-gosh beauty and he gained recognition. Confusion and loneliness turned into confidence and popularity. He got a taste for the easily entertained mainstream and to leave the non-deodorant underground the way Jonas Åkerlund did.
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In late high school he was on a meth frenzy with the film rolls. He moved in to the dark room, skipped all classes but kept working until the late janitor threw him out. Once again he got the photography stipendium for classcutting and entered the studio of Bingo Rimér only to realize that there really isn't anything to soak up, only to grind hard. He was on fire, self esteem sent into orbit of Sedna and drove Bingo crazy. Well respected Filip Cederholm gave him the advice to progress faster on his own. "I didn't understand what Olle was doing in my studio, he's more talented than all of us" Bingo said.
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Olle leased his own studio at Bellmansgatan and became obsessed with the idea to become just like Herb Ritts, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Franscesca Woodman, Robert Nettarp, Terry Richardson etc. He got an agent and they basically had to lie about his age. "You just can't send a twenty-two year old kid to these shoots".
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Pushing the showcase in the right direction at the same time supporting himself as a full time rookie became a struggle. He wasn't interested in band promotion or anything not suitable for his anal portfolio and vision became a desperate lightning strike into separate ways.
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Two years into his savage rampage of silver ions, photos printed world wide and articles written about his up-and-coming, he made the unthinkable decision to quit the stills and to switch back to rock'n'roll he got a hang of in middle school. He didn't catapult rockstared enough and something radical had to happen.
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He sold his studio contract at Kungsholmsstrand and brought his bag and scratched Gibson to Los Angeles to write songs and to find musicians. The struggle again with ordinary everyday reality and to get an even more anal band idea together became unbearable. He was introduced to the shooters of Matrix (1999), Geffen Records loved his prints, Flaunt Magazine was down the street from the apartment but Ferdinand simply did. not. care. West Hollywood turned into a non-stop party night in the hills. He realized his ridicilous creative demands and pressure on himself made a band project impossible. He was rewriting the first tape isolated for over six years, staring at the stars while sinking in the mud. Once done he did not even want to proceed. He moved back to Stockholm.
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By leaving the desert of wild west and foremost dropping the ambition set off a depression back home pulled into a neural black hole. He quit everything and turned himself into the psychiatry F1 pitstop to realize he is bipolar which rocked his world but gave an answer to a lifetime of confusion. A constant switch in mood between utter dissatisfaction and this apparently obsessive inspiration.
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A decade later and new fresh behaviour patterns aware of his funky condition, fashion-oriented authentic journalism movie stills fine art photography seems to be the approach and existence to proceed including some humble and patience added into this Parkinson nitroglycerin.
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"I feel great today. I realize now that I am fanatic about creativity and it makes me happy. But I'm only human. I can't be Steven Spielberg, Michael Jackson, Neil Armstrong and Albert Einstein at the same time with one career done in one manic tripped out summer delusion of natural born methamphetamine. I want to settle and bloom through simplicity. I'm not looking to be the jack of all trades. I've always wanted to keep travel the world with one-element-nuclear-fusion creative madness, not being the all-round local bicycle puncture fixxxer at most taking a dump doing a Tarzan in a wife beater. The band's gonna make it".
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