Back in 2009, I discovered Norway from my bicycle seat. From this rolling perspective, the shifting landscape left a surprisingly deep impression. Neither the countless time-lapse videos nor the many documentaries made about Norwegian landscapes could have impressed me as much.
Fast forward to this year when I returned to Norway for a month in order to try and capture the sense of the sublime that I felt there four years ago. For similarly sublime musical accompaniment, I contacted Dirk, the fantastic musician behind ‘Dirk Serries’, for permission to use his ambient soundscapes.
Hiking for days and days into the Norwegian wilderness made me confront myself again and again. It was challenging at first, but after two weeks I somehow found a inner balance and started to make some great shots that conveyed an emotional connection to both what I experienced back in 2009 and the ambient soundscapes of Dirk Serries.
However, my dream came to an abrupt end when the feet of absentminded hikers sent stones tumbling down the mountain towards me and my camera. My passion, my love fell 600 meters deep into the unknown, and I barely escaped a sudden death.
Fortunately, my backups were safely stored down the valley, and three months later I am here along with what I could salvage.
This is the start of a whole new adventure. More to come...