I am struggling to think of a single image I have seen in 2012 that I have enjoyed more than Linda Forsell’s amazing shot of a man and a sheep on a Gaza beach. Digging a little deeper I found that it was one of several thoroughly engaging pictures from her new book Life’s A Blast which which documents her trip to Israel and Palestine in 2010. The pictures range in how explicit the political overtones are but you feel that they are never too far from the surface even when the subject seems to be something entirely prosaic. It is testament to Linda’s skill and sensitivity that she imbues this difficult subject with humanity and, at appropriate times, humour creating a series with a narrative power way beyond the sum of its parts.
Linda, who splits her time between New York and Stockholm, is no stranger to tough, complex ideas with a previous project focussing on domestic violence against women documented at www.causeofdeathwoman.com.