Morning sunlight filters through trees and enters through the open window of a small, rustic cottage in the town of Bispgården, Sweden. A kettle whistles and there is a tinkering of cups and saucers as a fresh pot of tea brews on the stone countertop. Moving to the window, wildlife photographer Geert Weggen peers through the viewfinder of his camera, adjusts the focus, and waits.
A rustling of leaves introduces a wild tree squirrel as it dances across a branch onto a small outdoor table resembling a stage. Here, it plays with an assortment of props: a miniature tennis racket, a cocktail parasol and a toy car. It moves quickly, spending only a moment with each item. Geert is barely able to capture a handful of shots before the squirrel darts back up the tree it came from.
This routine has occupied Geert’s morning for five years. His practice of photographing animals began when he befriended a fox who frequented his home in the woods. He realised he could photograph interesting images of the animal by luring it into unusual situations, like sitting inside a box. Similar relationships formed with other creatures, like a Russian bird who fed out of Geert’s hand, and he set up scenes to photograph them more closely. Eventually, squirrels began visiting Geert’s indoor-outdoor studio and have been the focus of his work since.