When I first started getting seriously into photography in a photographycourse in 2001, it was love at first
sight. Being out there, treasurehunting the motive, engaging people, the landscape the world, was exactly
what I wanted, physical and challenging intellectual as emotional.
I’m very inspired by landscapephotographers, who masters the delicate balances between, aesthetics,
challenging subject matter and emotional impact, like American Robert Adams or Dutch Awoiksa van der
Molen. But also collage artist like Robert Rauschenberg or contemporary experimenting artist Wolfgang
Tillmanns is of a great inspiration to me.
What is unique in your photographs?
I seek a uniqueness due to a personalized expression in my work. I seek moments of presence with myself
and with my surroundings when I make my work, a presence that I hope shimmer through an intensity in my
work, an intensity that I this way hope might touch the viewer on recognition and emotional relevance.
The context of creation of your new series?
I have for a while been searching for a higher degree of physical and tactile involvement in my work.
Photography has an enigmatic yet mesmerizing balancing between distance and nearness to it that I love,
but I try to challenge this balance. I try to get a bit closer, by drawing on my photographs, this process is
very personal, and you might say I try to keep some of the mesmerizing wonder alive, by photographing and
printing the drawing afterwards. This is what my new series try to elaborate on, distance and nearness in
Any anecdote for us ?
Photography and art practice doesn’t necessarily come easy. I had a lot of success after my art degree in
Scotland in 2006. But was afterwards hit seriously by depression and didn’t shoot a single image between
2007-2010. The process of getting back into working with images have been very tough, but I also enjoy and
appreciate what I do now to a much wider degree.
The picture you would have loved to shoot ?
The photographs of Robert Frank, in the book The Americans first published in 1958, is to me like a lightning
from a clear sky, in the history of photography, yes in the history of art. I don’t think this level of clear vison
was seen before, and has to a large extent been strived for since, I tend to think at times.
The latest prizes / awards / prides you got ?
Robert Adams, famous American landscape photographer, in 2018 chose two of my images for a very
exclusive group show in Oregon USA, this was a great honor to me, Robert Adams is a big hero of mine.
Your next projects ?
I draw on photographs but also write and draw in free hand. I hope to have more big shows where I
co,mbine the various kind of work I make.
Any crush on a YK picture ?
YK has many wonderful works in its collection, to chose a few, I adore the seascapes of Po Chen.