Like some sort of man made Pompeii the sculptures rise in front of you, forever frozen in a single moment of time. I love the challenge of trying to make the sculptures come to life.
The Vigeland Park in Oslo is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. It is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in granite and bronze. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.
I love the different seasons, the changing light, the numerous details, the interaction between the scupltures and people visiting the park. To me the gender roles that I read into the sculptures are a bit outdated. But it’s a calm and relaxing place to hang out with my camera. There are so many tourists with cameras around and nobody cares if you take pictures of them. It might look like it, but I never arrange any of the scenes. They just happen.
I bought my first Leica when I went to film school in the U.S.A. It was a Leica M4 P but I soon traded it for a M4. I also photographed with Kodak Medalist (6×9 cm format) and a two eyed Rolleiflex. Besides film and TV production, which has since been my everyday job, I spent all my time studying photography. My excellent teacher, Pok Chi Lau from Hong Kong, encouraged me to take pictures that matters to me. I’m forever grateful that I had the opportunity to study with him.
Most of my photographic projects have been stretching over several years, as with The Vigeland Park project. Maybe I will make a book one day but I’m not finished with the park yet. I’m still in the process of portraying the poetic and often hilarious dialogue between the cold, monumental statues and the living, breathing, curious visitors.
All pictures are photographed with Leica M-P (typ 240).