For Per Olov the pressure to create art was enormous. His sister had sold her first illustration when she was only 14-year-old, and her brother was almost at the same age when he wrote his first book. Everyone expected that Per Olov would also produce art and literature, but he had to struggle with how to do it for a long time.
Per Olov, born in 1920, found his passion in photography during the war. After the war, he made it his main profession and alongside art photography, he documented both Tove and her works and her beautiful studio. Tove felt uncomfortable being in the photographs, but in her diaries from the 1940s, Tove often writes how the photographs of the studio, her paintings and herself taken by her brother were exactly the ones published in numerous books and presentations.
Both Tove and her little brother Per Olov had a similar way of presenting waves in their works, Tove in her paintings, and Per Olov in his photographs. Both siblings wanted to show the waves not moving in a certain direction, but capturing the movement going back and forth.
In honor of his 80th birthday, Per Olov hosted his first art exhibition in the footsteps of other members of his family. Before that, he had already made a reputation for his success in several large photographic competitions.
For his photography exhibition in 2000, he chose up the pictures he had taken earlier in Pellinki, with the first picture being taken already in 1943. For the exhibition, he also returned to their childhood landscapes to take more nature photographs, further investigating the diverse nature and the spectrum of details and colors.
* Quote from the book Toven matkassa 2004 (Original title Resa med Tove 2002)
** Quote from book Valolla piirtäjä, Per Olov Jansson 2006
Photos: ©Moomin Characters™ / Tove Jansson estate