the Self which wasn't mine | by Sonya Malinka Persson | releases in september 2019


A story about a child struggling to find her own sense of self.


Experience her journey through memories portrayed by visual poetry.


Releases in september 2019.




That’s the yet not set, but in-progress title of the next book I am going to write. I like it, actually (obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t use it at all). The book will be a theoretical book about how to percieve and understand the concept of truth in photography.


I’ve taken about a month off of everything that has to do with writing and publishing books. I’m done with the swedish original of the Self which wasn’t mine, and it’ll be published thursday next week (August 15). I haven’t decided if I’ll sell it here as well, we’ll see about that.

But I spent so much time, so intensely, on it, so I had to take a break. Now that the swedish version will be out in a week, it’s time to start preparing for the english translation to be published as well. No date is set yet, but I am guessing it’ll be released second half of september.

And, being almost ready with everything, I do have several ideas for new books. Only two of them are fictional, and none of those two will be written right now. I have at least one other idea that concerns mental health, bipolar disorder in particular, and how psychiatric care and society deals with it in Sweden. But that too, I think, will have to be put on hold.

Truth to be told (!), this is a book that has wanted to be written for a long time. I have been working professionally as a photographer (mainly portrait, weddings et cetera), and I also studied art history and art theory/methods on looking at art, where photography has been my main interest. There are, truly, so many things that interest and fascinate me about photography, and I cannot wait to share some of the wonders I’ve experienced throughout the years.

This, I believe, might be the only academic work that I will publish. Unfortunately, I don’t have a degree in art history (or anything else), I lack a few points before I get there. So I doubt that my knowledge will be accepted as legit in any schools or by anyone important.

Pre-studies for a new book! <3

There are presently two goals with this new book.

The first one is to add some theoretical, interesting content to the photography community. There are, naturally, other photographers and theorists who have given thought to this concept, and written about it – probably at length. But I still think it’s interesting enough adding my own perspective on it.

The other one is to widen the view people in general have on the world. Learning methods to look at art, and learning how to theorize about art, is a very effective key to expanding the way we think, percieve and understand the world. In this era of a neverending stream of information, I think it’s crucial we do our best to expand our minds – not necessarily so we can take in more information, but so we can process the information in a way that actually does us some good.



Sonya Malinka Persson | portrait in black/white

Sonya Malinka Persson
Västerås, Sweden

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