I’m a professional photographer based in Paris where I also organize photo-tours and workshops. It was the City of Light that gave birth to my passion for photography a few years ago when I moved here from Sweden, my native country. I have a great desire to wander in distant places, to explore off the beaten path and that is why I’m constantly traveling, near the sea or in the nature. The energy I find there is not only a great resource to my soul but also it enriches me with inspiration and lifelong memories. With my photos and stories I wish to share what I see and experience. Welcome to my journey!
The LONG version:
I’m Solli, a Swedish expat (with Persian origin) living and working in the most beautiful and charming cities in the world, Paris.
35 years, born and raised in Lund (south of Sweden) and moved to Stockholm at the age of 19 where I studied Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology. After receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree (in Industrial IT & Economics ) I was headhunted for a position at the Nordic region’s leading analysis- and research company REGI where I worked for 3 1 /2 years as a Project & Production Manager.
At a very young age I had everything I once had dreamt of, surrounded by wonderful friends, had a great job with a top position and became owner of a beautiful apartment in the heart of Stockholm. One rainy and dull day I decided it was about time to leave my comfort zone and say hello to freedom. In 2009 I quit my job in Stockholm (after a year of saving for a budget) and left for Paris, without knowing French, having a job, a place to stay or any friends. After only 2 weeks, I had it all and more and enjoyed life to it fullest living in a typical Parisian apartment in the charming arrondissement St Germain.
During my four first months in Paris I studied French at La Sorbonne and worked at the same time at Ladurée to practise my French (learning French the sweet way). Later in 2010 I was offered a position in Paris largest concept-store, with a showroom filled up with antiques, industrial furnitures and other curiosites. I loved giving life to old objects with history and enjoyed the diversity of my job, one day digging for antiques in France or Belgium and another day providing clients with objects for their projects such as hotels, restaurants, shops or private homes.The majority of the clients were designers, interior-designers, architects and celebrities, among them Philippe Starck, Paula Navone, Gisele Bündchen, Madonna, Liv Tyler, Donna Karan and Renzo Rosso. The concept-store had a unique ambiance with walls covered with wallpaper created by the French designer Vincent Darré and a lightship installation made by the designer Alexandre de Betak in the vitrina. I worked there as a Buyer & Sales/PR Manager from 2010 till the end of 2011.
From left: Carine Roitfeld, above: André drawing “mr A”, my red Baron signature cocktails at the private nightclub Baron, below: Me at the private nightclub Montana (my second home), photos to the right: during the Fashion Week in Paris and from fashionshows in Paris
When I left Paris I went travelling in Asia for a few months and visited Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia…enjoying all the paradise islands and the great encounters with the local people.
In March 2012 I started to work within the Central Marketing in the HQ of one of Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company. I bought myself a rooftop apartment in Copenhagen and thought I had finally found my home. In the summer of 2013 I was offered a position giving me the opportunity to return to Paris, something I couldn’t say no to. Now I’m working for the same company but at their office in Paris.
My favourite weeks in Paris are the Fashion Weeks that I enjoy capturing with my best friends Fuji & Nikon.
From left: Henrik Vibskovs afterparty with Baron entourage from Paris, Derek Blasberg at Soullands after-party, fashionshow in Copenhagen, Gazelle performing at the Baron party, Soullands after-party, fashionshow in Copenhagen
I have also contributed with a Paris-blog at COSMOPOLITAN. Even though I like to be personal in my posts I keep my private-life apart to maintain my integrity. My lifestyle-blog is written as a diary, to keep my loved ones updated aswell as to inspire my blog readers from all over the world. Enjoy following my journey through life!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain