SOLITUDE is my friend. I love being alone, communing with the world around me. I love finding Solitude even in the middle of a crowd, and I love sharing it with people I love. Thanks to Solitude, I truly appreciate life and love.
All images in my Solitude series are single shot, unadulterated, pure UltraDeep black & white photographs. All the effects and techniques you see in the images have been done in-camera and at the time of shooting.
Conceptual photography, for me, means constructing images and series of images that tell stories with multiple layers of meaning.
There’s the immediate visual, minimalist image layer; there is the abstraction layer created by the choice of B&W; the abstraction layer added by the use of long exposure; the conceptual layer of portraying a material, ice, which is fleeting by definition to tell human stories, also fleeting by definition albeit on a different time scale; the Haiku, a minimalist, yet very structured, way of telling stories; and more to discover.
Distilling years of intimate knowledge of Iceland’s Diamond Beach, Solitude has been created with a 150Mp Achromatic digital back, making it as artistically strong as technically unparalleled.
BLACK & WHITE | PASSION AT WORK
There’s nothing like black & white photography, for me. It is timeless, powerful and expressive, and I believe it to be the best medium to tell my stories and to reveal the true nature of the planet’s landscapes through my photographic interpretations. Black & white landscape photography is my lifelong passion.
Removing colour from a photograph is an incredibly powerful process in terms of the expressive possibilities it opens, one that requires a completely different approach to seeing the world around us. For me, it takes photography to another level, requiring a craftsmanship in the field, an attention to composition and an ability for abstract seeing, that colour photography doesn’t necessarily need. When I work, my decision is made long before pressing the shutter; if a landscape reveals its monochromatic nature to inspire me, I just can’t help it but let go of the colours.
My UltraDeep B&W are the result of a lifetime dedication to the art of B&W. Starting from the days of film, I explored the tonality and depth of B&W mixing my own, Pyro-based developers for a truly unique range of tones. When I moved to digital, I ported those deep tones to the digital realm via the creation of a personal process – the UltraDeep B&W – resulting in truly unique B&W photographs with a huge tonal range, compared to the flat, high-contrast look you see in most of digital B&W photography today.
SOLITUDE | THE COLLECTION
“SIgnals of discord
Unleashing the dogs of war –
“Joyous love moments
Regardless of everything –
“Glacial and skyborne
Enduring millennia –
“The sole survivor
Of oceans and continents –
“Tired by many wars
Dulled by meaningless fighting –
“Just landed ashore
Living evanescent life –
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