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When the pictures become a story

Deep in the forest of the village of Båstnäs in Värmland, near the Swedish-Norwegian border, some thousand car wrecks from the 1930s to the 1970s form a junkyard.

It’s a unique place, owned for decades by two brothers, Rune and Tore Ivansson, who used to run the junkyard as a commercial business. Today, the site is the most spectacular graveyard for vintage cars in Sweden and possibly Europe.

The junkyard has become a magnet for creative people and automobile enthusiasts; a “junkyard-tourism” has blossomed in Europe and the junkyard in Båstnäs has a high status.

Ever since it was abandoned, the old car wrecks have been standing there in the middle of the forest. It’s aesthetically pleasing but provocative at the same time, as nature is now reclaiming the old cars.

The photo book ”Kärlek till en skrot” (Cemetery love – The love for a junkyard) is the photographer Staffan Ekengren’s own story about the car cemetery at Båstnäs.

This exclusive coffetable-book, in hardcover, includes 160 pictures from the junkyard and is written in Swedish with a summary in English.

ISBN: 9789187283277. Publisher: Votum.

Staffan Ekengren about the book in TV4 morning show (national television, Sweden)