Nordic Songs & Fairytales
I took these photos on a trip last summer to the Åland Islands, scattered and remote in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. Across the archipelago I came across these hidden, mysterious and dreamlike landscapes: a high rocky outcrop, a lonely stony shore, a deep woodland thickly furred with lichen. All found by chance, guided by curiosity and what catches the eye. Around the shoreline and into the woods, going deeper and getting to the heart.
I wanted to try to recreate something of the feel of these places within the close, intimate confines of a book. I called it Nordic Songs & Fairytales because I wanted to make believe that mythical tales might take place here.
A small softbound book seemed best because this was no great expedition. More of a slow and soft exploration without maps, a few steps away, slightly off the beaten track. A magical world might be closer at hand and more easily found than you think. The paper is heavy and uncoated, so you feel a soft texture when you hold it and turn the pages. I bound the book myself, longstitched with thread two signatures into the spine. I wanted a personal touch to every copy, to know that I put each one together by hand.
Nordic Songs & Fairytales is published in a first edition of 24, signed and numbered. 38 Pages, 20 x 22cm, digitally printed on Fedrigoni Arcoprint paper 300/170, hand-sewn binding.
Bayerns Schattenseite. Flächenverbrauch ohne Ende?
Bavaria is a leader in the area of consumption. About 18 hectares of land area (about 25 football fields) are obstructed every day. Bavarian cities and municipalities outdo in the designation of commercial areas. Urban sprawl is despite demographic change continues unchecked. New and upgraded roads cut through the Bavarian countryside. In the villages and towns forfeited the houses. In the Old Town and inner cities are increasing the amount of vacant shops. On the green meadow is increasingly shopping malls and discount stores are spreading. The uniformity of the town and village borders increases alarmingly.
In the focus back, which is often beyond our conscious awareness. Therefore, it’s the photographer Robert Schlaug documented this dark side of modern Bavaria. Without overpowering and instructive comments, he shows 128 pictures of everyday Bayern beyond the tourist highlights. It is abundantly clear: Bayern lose in all administrative districts more and more from itsuniversally admired beauty.
Richard Mergner complements the image part by a properly competent introduction to the topic of land use. He calls critically the causes and consequences, but also shows possible solutions.
In the Shadow of Change
“Over the last thirty years Claudia Terstappen has taken photographs of places throughout the world that have spiritual resonance or associations. The basis of this book is a selection of these landscapes, presented as gelatin silver prints printed by the artist between the 1980s–early 2000s.The landscapes in this book document places that have spiritual associations or significance for indigenous people, to make sense of their relationship to the land. But I now realise that the archive has taken on another set of meanings or intention.Today, these pictures form part of a vast archive of landscapes and places undergoing significant change. This archive of spiritual places has become an environmental archive.”
Bushes of Bennington County
“This collection approaches 2,000 images which is probably about a third of all the bushes in Bennington county. This is a tiny selection of what I find to be the most incisive from the catalog. Beyond a taxonomy, the collection presents an opportunity for the bushes to speak for themselves. Each reveals a complex personality: ecstatic, pitiable, stoic, tremulous, enveloping, guarding, lone, grouped, wild, ancient, strong, flexible, trapped, wounded, resilient, etc. It’s not about the collection as a one-liner. If there’s meaning to be gleaned, it comes from each one and how it relates to its neighbor creating a sense of the whole.”
Twentyone Yellowstone Parking Lots
“Drawing upon Ed Ruscha’s formative example (and specifically his book “Thirtyfour Parking Lots“), this work is part homage and part environmental critique. ‘Twentyone Yellowstone Parking Lots’ depicts our car culture as it allows access to one of the world’s greatest natural treasures, its landscape celebrated and despoiled in equal measure. Published as an artist’s book, the photographic sequence and related commentary contemplate the meaning of wonder, memory and loss.”
Bomber, a chance unwinding
“Bomber a Chance Unwinding bears witness to a remote mountaintop World War II bomber crash site, combining poetry and visual images collaged from archival film footage, maps, in situ color photographs and text. It is both elegy and metaphor, a meditation on war and the associated loss of life and environmental destruction. An installation was first presented in Madison, WI, 2011. An accompanying chapbook, ‘Bomber, a chance unwinding’ was authored and designed by Lewis Koch. It was selected by curator Barbara Tannenbaum for the foundational exhibition “DIY: Photographers & Books”, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2012).”