Aug 29, 2016
Ole is a talented photographer from Lyngør, Norway who creates spectacular images by intervening untouched landscapes with different materials and leaving the natural forces to act. In this way, his images are a reflection about our relationship with nature and how we shape and influence each other.
Following we want to present an interview that we had with him:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
OB - Hello and thank you for showing my work. My name is Ole Brodersen and I grew up in Lyngør, a car-free archipelago in southern Norway. My family has been living here for 12 generations. I studied art direction and assisted the Norwegian photographer Dag Alveng (represented at MOMA and the Metropolitan in NY amongst others). Right now I am on the island working on the seemingly never ending Trespassing series and some other projects.
am - How did you start in photography?
OB - It started getting serious while circumnavigating the Atlantic Ocean for a year in a pilot cutter built in 1894. It became important to me to produce something tangible to be able to, well in a way, defend that trip for myself. If that makes any sense. I needed to be able to tell myself that I created something more than the experience itself.
am - What inspires your work?
OB - Life in Lyngør, sailing, being exposed to the elements.
am - What is “Trespassing” about and how do you create this fantastic images?
OB - "Trespassing" explores encounters between man and nature. Man-made objects are placed into untouched landscapes and these encounters are recorded with my camera. Preparing for my recordings, I collect various materials such as: Styrofoam, pieces of sailcloth and rope, out of which I make objects (of different complexity) that will populate the landscape. Most of the material is found while rummaging through my grandfather‘s shed or my father‘s sail loft. Out of these [materials] I fashion markers; i.e. floats, flags and kites. Sometimes attaching additional sparklers, LED-lights or other light sources, which help trace their trajectory through the landscape. I use a large format camera and often long exposures that allow me to capture the movements of my markers. I always bring multiple markers with me. Waves, tide, wind and currents decide where the recordings will take place. At a suitable location, before composing, I always test-run a few of the markers, to get a feel for the pathway of the forces. Afterwards, I have no influence on the final exposure. I deploy my markers, start the chosen exposure and wait while it develops in front of me. The nature takes control of the markers.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
OB - Brassaï and Gjon Mili.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
OB - Analytic, staged coincidentals.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
OB - Sailing and traveling.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
OB - I’m going to Malta for January and February, but a year, whoa, that’s a long time. I’d say the Faroe Islands or New York.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
OB - I’m horrible at ranking stuff but the two latest that got to me were "Youth" and "The Lobster".
am - What are you reading at the moment?
OB - I am reading Paul Auster, the Book of Illusions.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
OB - It could probably be a personal challenge to finish Trespassing. I hope I don’t have to do that. In October I am taking Trespassing to an island up north, and the weather there is pretty rough, so that would most likely be professionally challenging. Other than that I think it would be really challenging for me to ever include myself in a project. I hope I don’t have to do that either.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
OB - Thank you too.