There is not one truth, but many. Driving and walking around on the Greek islands, Antiparos and Paros in July 2019. What made me stop and lift my camera? Short moments and details that caught my attention. Wondering. Wandering. Combined in different ways my pictures can tell old and new stories. The movements are rhizomatic (Deleuze & Guattari).
Natureculture (Harraway) is a concept that emerges from the scholarly interrogation of dualisms that are deeply embedded within the intellectual traditions of the sciences and humanities. It is the idea that nature and culture are so tightly interwoven that they cannot easily be separated.
Working with this series is a work in progress.
Selected pictures from the series “Warm Was the Day” and “Warm Was the Night” will be exhibited in Oslo, september 2019.
Warm Was the Night
"Warm was the Night" is a series about what can be hidden and maybe forgotten. To climb down the ladder and sink into water or to walk into the velvety darkness of the night. It's about exploring what there is in the deep water and in the warm and dark night. The water and the night can be understood as metaphors for affect, ,feelings and sensuality – maybe restricted and hidden. In seeking a closer relationship with ourselves and our nightside we may have to cross barriers, limits and restrictions. In the darkness we can find mysteries and surprising openings.
All images are from Hydra, a Greek holiday island where the nights are hot and quiet.
Deep into Norwegian forests inspired of Norwegian fairytales and stories about trolls and different supernatural beings living there.
This is an ongoing project. Started 2017.
The hot springs of Island brings along geothermal heat and other energies to the surface of the earth. Experiencing the shifts between cold and hot temperature in air and water made me feel a close connection to nature, the planet and myself. Moving between different levels or plateaus without a particular linear order is inspired by "A Thausand Plateaus" of Deluze and Guattary. Becoming is an ongoing process.
Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields. Geysir is a famous hot spring in the geothermal area of Haukadalur. Geysir is well-known for having lent its name to geysers all around the world. The oldest account of Geysir date back to 1294, earthquakes in southern Iceland changes in the geothermal area and created several new hot springs. Seismic actvity in the area has effect on Geysir and after being dormant for years, Geysir was revived by an earthquake in 2000 and erupted for a couple of times a day for a few years. Now, Geysir is mostly dormant, though other hot springs in the Geysir geothermal area are quite active.
Bathing in hot springs has long been a part of the Icelandic culture. All warm water in Iceland is geothermal; it comes boiling hot, from the ground and is used for heating houses and outdoor-pools.
All pictures from Island 2016 and 2017
Nomad is a series about always moving. Inspired of my childhood, so often moving with my family into new places. Later continuous moving. Travelling. Observing, wondering, waiting. Always new horizons, new perspectives. Always also traces and connections; to the past, to others, to possible futures. It's about looking for and finding moments, tracks, mysteries, magic surprises, wonders, treasures, new insights and new friendships along the way. It's also about leaving and loss.
“Creativity is a nomadic process in that it entails the active displacement of dominant formations of identity, memory and identification.” Rosa Braidotti
All pictures from Island 2017
"When there’s so much darkness closing in Just swerve around slowly You’ll find an opening."
This series is about the experience of meeting, and living through, darkness and the ongoing search for light and energy.
Darkness can come in many forms, for me this series is connected to experiences when my husband got ME/CFS. He has had this sickness since 2009. Since then much of his life has changed. The sickness steals energy and transforms. From being an active man; skiing, bicycling, etc - he is forced to spend most of his time in bed. Our love has helped us through difficult times.
I chose to photograph most of the pictures under and through water because what water does, transforming and expanding human bodies and forms. The transformations express feelings dealing with darkness, sickness, despair and sorrow, but also love, hope and openings.
“Darkness and light are constantly changing, yet always present in each other.” Barad 2007
Excerpt from LensCulture review:
There is a demonstrative sense of atmosphere and tonality across all pictures and this lends a high degree of continuity to the series. The overall contrast and light quality create a highly theatrical atmosphere which suits your pictures quite well. Your technique of photographing in or through water allows you to depict the human form rather representationally while instilling a number of slightly abstracted elements. You never depict the entire body, but rather emphasize certain sections of the body which I find to be a highly expressive approach.
Beijing Night Scenes
Beijing Night Scenes – a street series from one of the biggest cities in the world. Wandering the streets, watching ordinary everyday/night. My visions, my cuts.
Beijing 2014. Edit 2017
Under Beijing, and many other big cities, there are big and complex networks that organise travels for thousands and millions of people. Each of them with their own destinations and stories.
The Beijing Metro opened in 1969 and is the oldest metro system in China. The metro has undergone rapid expansion since 2002, as only two lines were in service before then. Beijing Metro's extensive expansion plans call for 999 km (621 mi) of lines serving a projected 18.5 million trips every day by 2020.
I have always been fascinated by cats. This is a collection of some of my cat-pictures. Studying cats. Cats studying me – or not….. I like cats. They are different. Respect. Mysterious. Silences. Wonderings. Zen.
Marrakesh and Kreta 2014.
Two of these pictures were selected to be published in a photo-book“PhotoCat” Schilt Publishing & Gallery. Amsterdam (2017). Online reviews which includes one of my pictures: Another and Feature Shot. My pictures were also selected to be in an exhibition in Schilt Gallery and later June Bloom Restaurant, Amsterdam (2017-18).
I can't go back
"I can't go back to yesterday, because I was another person then."
This is a selection from some of my pictures about childhood, rather than a series. As a lecturer I work with theories about children and their/our worlds which also influence my pictures. Becomings, connections and complexity.
“Poesia” was an exhibition in Oslo (2015) in cooperation with two other photographers; Målfrid Sand and Eduardo Valle de Leon. Kurator Dimitri Koutsomytis. These are 5 of my 10 pictures. The theme was poetry. Quotes, that meant something special for us, became titles of our pictures (or vise versa). The pictures and quotes are also published in a photo-book.
The green in a park offers urban citizens space and time to be, to meet, to be in and with nature. Humans are part of nature, we are nature. Parks are the cities lungs. Thinking about what parks do with people, what people in parks do.