About the photographer and the photos

Born in Copenhagen 1952.

Architect from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 1979.

Started to do photographic exhibitions in the late 1990s, and over the years I have had many exhibitions around Denmark, including at the Danish Museum of Photo Arts, Brandts in Odense.

My photographs have featured in newspapers and photo magazines in connection with exhibitions. My work has been shown in a documentary on Danish television.

I live in central Odense with my English wife.

 

TECHNIQUE

I work primarily with "old-fashioned" film/analog cameras using large negative format. I develop all the photos myself in the darkroom.

Many of my photos involve trick photography: for instance multi exposure techniques where the same person appears several times in the same picture. This is done using traditional photographic techniques (no computer manipulation).

 

ABOUT THE PICTURES

I work mainly with staged photography, i.e. I work with “set-up” scenes, where the pictures are carefully thought through and planned in advance.

I paint all the backgrounds myself and most of the props are homemade.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I regard the human body as a landscape. A landscape can be inspiring, majestic, dangerous, unknown. Whatever its character, a landscape can speak to the senses, and there can come an urge to capture its essence. The majority of my work features the naked body, as I try to capture the human landscape.

I am not the first artist to be fascinated and inspired by the bodily landscape. Others have depicted that fascination in sculptures, paintings and poems - I depict it using a camera.

Whoever we are, we all have a body, and yet we are so different. I find that fascinating.

There can be something innocent and disarming about nudity. Something uncontrived; something unprotected. Like an unspoiled landscape. It was this natural-romanticism that lay behind the rise of the naturalist movement in the 1920s, and which also became a part of the 1970's youth revolution.

In my world, everybody can be a model, and I endeavour to counter the common commercialization and sexualization of the body in my work. There can be something innocent and disarming in nudity. My aim is to disarm sexual interpretations of the body and work with the innocence and beauty of its landscape.

 


Adam and Eve, in the Brancacci Chapel. 
In different historical periods the naked body has been regarded differently. Adam and Eve were originally depicted c 1425 as shown in the picture on the right. Three centuries later their modesty was covered (as shown on left)- and laterly, after a restauration in the 1980s they are again shown as they were originally painted.




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