Christoffer Relander - Symbiosis

Christoffer Relander - Symbiosis

The 22nd of May we open a new exhibition named “Symbiosis” by fine art photographer Christoffer Relander. This contains a series of work from his “We Are Nature” series plus a new printrelease including three new prints.

  • Artist: Christoffer Relander
  • Exhibition Opening Date: 22nd of May 2015
  • Time: 18:00
  • Place: Christian Michelsensgate 7
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About the exhibition

Couple of flicks from the opening of "Symbiosis" by

Posted by Galleri GEO on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

We Are Nature: an ongoing project since 2010.

The art is gentle and poetic and part of the production is some nifty series called “We Are Nature” that has been exhibited as “Symbiosis”. Within this body of work, the titles of the various pieces do only occasionally refer to the sitters portrayed. More often than not, they hint at the season, tree sorts or as in one case simply bark for example.

It is no coincidence, because it is deliberately not about any specific individual; it is about man and nature. By keeping the identities of the models anonymous, viewers are encouraged to project their own subjective meaning into the work. Additionally, the subject matter lends a timeless quality to the work because faces, limbs, and decidous trees have been part and parcel of nature’s wilting carbon economy for a long time; and will be well into the future.

While we all crave inclusion, we live in a daft age in which exclusivity is readily accepted as equally excellent and elitist.

So said with utmost respect, Relander’s art has a very broad audience indeed. The reason for this is undoubtedly that his work resonates with us at an emotional level, rather than merely speaking to an insular group of art critics who share a long history of shared references necessary to decipher much contemporary art.

However artists who shoot double- and multiple exposure photographs are a rare breed in our digital realm. An explanation for the waning interest is evidently not that it has no audience, as much as the fact that other avenues are being pursued by artists. Consider for instance that the poor cousin of manipulating semi-transparent photoshop layers and ink effects does the so-called ‘halfway house’ in seconds.

As for the remaining half of the way, you need the real deal from an artist not willing to compromise. That is not to say that you should not tidy things up on the computer monitor and only accept what comes into the box as it is:

As in my previous work I’ve double and triple exposed man and nature in-camera, this time by using a Nikon D800E. Afterwards I’ve imported my RAW-files (yes, you can shoot multiple exposures in RAW-format) to Lightroom to adjust contrast, tones, colours and in some cases adding a small amount of dodging and burning.

Christoffer Relander, 2013