Very happy and excited to be invited to take over the HC fotoblog for a month! In one week from now, October 18th, I’ll be launching the 100 Norwegian Photographers book at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt during the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 – The dream we carry : Norway Guest of Honour. You will also find the book at the Norwegian Pavillion. The dust cover of the book is by Bård Ek.
By using artificial light Bård Ek wishes to highlight our distanced relationship to nature, as something beautiful to look at and a place for recreation. In this series he investigates the boarders between man- made and nature. To save the environment and climate we are increasingly using the latest technology to manipulate and regain control.
“We act like we are not part of nature anymore.
It becomes alienated and something we want to control.”
The long-term Encroachment project by Adrian Bugge explores how human intervention changes nature; meetings between the natural and the man-made. It consists of landscapes from different places in Norway where encroachment affects nature, such as wind power production at Smøla or mining in Sydvaranger. Such interventions fascinate him, not only because they are spectacular in themselves, but because they leave traces that never fade away. This series started in 2007 and is an ongoing project.
A different approach to the man made and natural landscape is found in the works of Gjert Rognli. His works address questions related to identity, religious roots, sexuality, silence and time.
Hege Dons Samsets main working method is travelling and exploring landscapes and habitats, to understand how our relationship to nature shapes people living in different parts of the world and creates her art in response to this.