On the female gaze and complex characters

Norwegian photographer Tonje Bøe Birkeland photographs female fictional characters traveling in remote natural landscapes. Her photographs can feel like stills from a film we haven’t seen yet; a young woman looks into a pair of binoculars, another stands in front of a makeshift tent, another walks through snowy mountains. Birkeland’s protagonists feel distant yet recognizable, their stories only partially told through photos, pieces of text, and objects. The line between truth and fiction becomes blurred, and we begin to fill in the gaps with our own imaginations.

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