I am a landscape photographer in the broadest sense of the term. Not the kind who chases the sensational and spectacular beyond distant horizons. Instead, my primary object of interest is usually the ordinary Danish landscape, which I know intimately. But I’m also convinced that a deeper relationship provides deeper insight and thus the basis for more interesting images. From my point of view, it’s quite often images that are open to interpretation and ambiguous, but also concrete (pure abstractions tends to be boring) and with a focus on the essential rather than irrelevant details (knowing that this distinction is highly subjective).

My attention is usually drawn towards the complex interplay between nature and culture in a landscape where it’s difficult to determine what is what. It’s drawn towards our appropriation of the space around us. It’s drawn towards the deep traces we leave on the earth's biological and physical systems – traces so deep that we have become a geological force that defines the epoch of our time: The Anthropocene.

With that in mind, the possibilities are endless in the small and densely populated country of Denmark, where every square meter serves homo sapiens, and every square meter has changed beyond recognition in relation to the landscape that met our ancestors when they immigrated more than 14,000 years ago.

Despite the dramatic background, however, the megaphone is not my preferred form of communication. I'm more low-key. I find that approach more appropriate since I don't have the answers. I'm just asking questions.

And by the way, I am self-taught. I have no education from an art academy that can give me artistic legitimacy. But that’s ok. It's not my intension to make a living. It is my background as a geologist that’s my primary source of income. Something completely different? Not really. Just another facet of the complex reality I’m trying to grasp.

Using Format