When You Look at a Landscape you change it, when you photograph it you have changed it.
Inspired by writer and environmentalist George Monbiot’s concept of rewilding (Feral, rewilding the land, sea and human life, 2013), I had chosen ‘rewilding myself’ as a theme for my journey through Norway in the summer of 2016. After having photographed man-made landscapes for fifteen years, I felt the need to immerse myself in a natural environment: untouched, wild and unpredictable. Man-made landscapes are compelling in form and shape and my approach in photography had become as well.
North of the polar circle there is no difference between day and night in summertime. The earth feels flat like a rotating disk. Memories of classic landscape photography echoes through valleys. The light reflecting off the fjords and cloud formations are in perpetual motion. Road signs point to splendid vistas where nature can be experienced from a parking lot. In this work I had to find a new way to express my idea of a landscape and it’s representation in a photographic print.
Landscape is a natural scene mediated by culture. It is both a represented and presented space, both a signifier and a signified, both a frame and what the frame contains, both a real place and its simulacrum.– W.J.T. Mitchell, “Theses on Landscape”, Imperial Landscape
The series comprises of sixteen different prints in an edition of three. The images measure 12 x 20 inch, corresponding to the format of the negatives I used in my camera. For this series I have employed the carbon printing process. The photographs were printed in three layers: the first two layers in a ‘bone black’ pigment and the third with a glossy Japanese ‘sumi ink’. After transferring the printed image on a a final (single weight baryta) support paper the order of the 3 image layers reverses. The two ‘bone black’ image layers are on top of a shiny ‘sumi ink’ layer showing every shade of black in the masked area’s.