My way of working is that I often coexist with the people I photograph. I’m drawn to photograph abandoned skin and wounded nature. Nature and skin that are exposed—and the link between them. Where we belong.

I am looking for an imprint depicting the presence of an absence. Tracks in the picture indicate a past event, but leave a mystique about them.

I see great importance in small, subtle body movements, searching movements. I work with dimmed and faded colours, so they do not create too much drama. The pictures look soft and beautiful, but if you go close, you feel that something is not right—things are happening beneath the surface. As if the surface tensions are ready to burst.

With this series of images, I want to create a feeling of being trapped in a repetition of emotions.

—Hannah Modigh

Editors’ note: This project was singled out for distinction among the submissions to LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 by juror Anne Bourgeois-Vignon. Each juror selected one photographer to be awarded a special $1,000 grant—discover why this one stood out to her.