Lectures


Peter Gerdehag's lectures are very appreciated. Seriousness, jokes and hillarious anecdotes mixed. A recurring theme in the lectures, is that Peter over all stands on the side of the simple man; farmers and their legacy of rich untouched nature.

With his deed, Peter tries to give voice to the timid, those exploiters gladly run over in the race to enrich themselves, without to demonstrate any world conscience. Farmer's sence and alturism are beautiful words. Likewise, long-term thinking and reflection.

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Life in Hycklinge

I.e. the 18-year long prelude before the film Life and Death of a Farmer was recorded. The period is also decipted in the award winning sucess book, The Farmer's book, with text by Jan Danielsson. It has been sold in over 40 000 copies. Peter started this still ongoing documentation for over 30 years ago, it has now become the longest-known documentation of a farm in Sweden.

 

Östergötlands and Småland archipelagos (East Coast Archipelagos)

Peter have photographed this nature in every season. Since the mid 1960s, he has sailed crisscross along the east coast, and for 15 years he has fed the archipelago sea eagles and helped to distribute about 40 000 kg of meat to them. Bjorn Hellqvist and Peter saved the local eagle stem from a disastrously low level. The book Sea Eagles came in 1988, with lyrics by Björn, was the result of approximetly 270 visits to various eagle hidingplaces.
 

"The islands of St. Anna, Pot Tjust and Misterhult our country’s most secretive landscape. We all have a mental picture of the archipelago but only a few people really know anything about these beautiful and wild places. I made a film where I followed Mr. Archipelago him self, Pelle Gräslund on Grönsö in the Gryt archipelago. Pelle knows the most of the islands secret life. The film, which takes a holistic approach to the archipelago and demonstrates its wealth of nature, history and culture. The purpose is to show the world the unique biological and cultural values hat make up the archipelago.
 

My Life With the Horsemman

The Horseman's real name is Stig Anders Svensson, he is 65 years and lives a quiet life in the middle of the village Råskog (english for crude forest) in the highland of Småland. His world is like a parralell universe where time seems to have stopped long ago. Stig-Anders is completely dependent on what the landscape gives since he lives of earth and the forest, with almost no income. His best friends are the three Ardennes horses or "Flickera" (the girls) as he affectionately calls them, and it's the horses that determine the rate of the work to be performed.

Stig-Anders looks peculiar and do not live like the rest of us. He doesn't fit in the frame of how a person should live in our time. It's easy to dismiss him as an original, but maybe we can, by obesrving the world from Stig-Anders point of view, get a diferent perspective on life and learn something about ourselves? 

During image playback, I also report on how it has gone for Stig-Anders after the movie and the book came out. How has he coped with the fame and huge amount of of admireres? How is his life today.

Read more on the horseman's homepage: www.hastmannen.com

 

My life with the Women with Cows

We moved to southern Halland outside Knäred, where we meet the last hand-milking women, selling their hand-milked milk from their five dairy cows. Arla (the largest dairy producer in Scandinavia) drove a truck up to their little farm for a minimal splash of milk every day.

Britt and Inger are sisters and eachothers total oposites. Big sister Britt is the universe's greatest cow-lover and everyone knows that she would die within a month if she lost her beloved cows, all with horns.

Little sister Inger on the contrary is a cow-detester and her reply by default is "Sell the god damn cow's! Old hags should not have cow's!"

It is outstandingly interesting to follow these bickering ladies who gets us to start thinking about the meaning of life and how to spend our short time on earth. At the same time, we get an unique insight in a way of life that was common not so long ago, that hundreds of thousands Swedes still alive today, has experienced.

Incredible beautiful and breathtaking photographs packaged in a lively appearance. 

 

The Village where the Wind Turned

This place is the most well known renovated old farmland north of Oskarshamn. I have followed the trends and the times changing there since the early 1980's. Back then the, everything of this unique countryside was threathened to become a plant ground for spruce's. But the population used their own power and turned the area into one of the most beautiful countrysides we have in Sweden, with the most exremely rich biodiversity. Instead of spruce we now have an open, bright area where the population has increased so vast that it has become a shortage of houses. The landscape with all it's values were saved by a single man named Frasse who came here from Jugoslavia. All this is protrayed in the book When the Wind Turned over the Lands, it has sold over 25 000 copies. 


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