The Vigeland Park changes drastically from season to season and the ever changing light brings out new and exciting details in the sculptures. My favourite time of year to photograph the sculptures is actually late autumn despite the cold temperatures. The frost brings out interesting details in the sculptures and gives them an extra dimension. And the evenings are longer and darker. That gives me an opportunity to play with shadow and light in new ways. I’ve actually built my own black wrap which I have placed on a Gobo lens. I always mount the flash on a tripod. This gives me the freedom to work on slight camera movements during long exposures. The outcome is eery and really makes the sculptures come to life.
It’s not an easy task to control all the factors involved even though I carefully plan ahead what I want to achieve. The pictures can be very different from exposure to exposure and sometimes I end up with a couple of hundred exposures of the same motif and every single one of them is unique. It’s an exciting way of photographing the sculptures.
I use Summilux-M 50mm on my Leica M-P (240). In order to get an even more limited depth of field I photograph close to the minimum focusing distance. I normally use Live View when photographing. Live View might seem like something of an anachronism on a camera modelled after a mid 20th century rangefinder, but it’s very useful for candid shooting and waist-level compositions, as well as anything requiring critical framing.
The Vigeland Park project has been stretching over several years and I’m not finished with the park yet. Maybe I will make a book one day.