Thomas Lekfeldt December 18, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Denmark.
Vibe and her father, Copenhagen 2008
Thomas Lekfeldt (b. 1977, Denmark) is a freelance photojournalist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He works for the Danish and international press, primarily the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. He has received awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, EISA Maestro Photo Contest and New York Photo Awards. His work was also recently exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France and the Noorderlicht Photo festival in the Netherlands.
About the Photograph:
“I followed Vibe, a little girl with a brain tumor, during the last year of her life. I documented the sorrows and the moments of joy at home, in school, on vacation and in hospital. The story was at the same time an assignment for the newspaper Ekstra Bladet and a very personal project for me. At the time that I took this picture Vibe had been hospitalized for a few days to have a chemotherapy treatment. She was in the hospital with her mother, and her father and twin sister often came to visit her. In the picture Vibe is kissing her father, and above them are some paper cuts that Vibe and her mother had made. To me they look like stars, and they keep reminding me of what Vibe’s father used to tell Vibe; that he would catch the stars in the sky for her if she asked him to. Now he tells Vibe’s twin sister Laerke that Vibe herself has become one of the stars in the sky.”
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