Leira. Photographs by Morten Andersen. Hit Me! & Akershus Kunstsenter, Oslo, 2006. 61 pp., various color & b&w illustrations, 10¾x8¼". Limited edition.
"Leira is a river just outside Oslo, where the photographer was born.
This project represents a 2 year photographic romance with the river, nature and the landscape around it.
As such, it is something of a departure for Andersen, whose previous work has had a more distinctly urban feel, often reminiscent of Daido Mariyama and other Japanese street photographers.
The limited edition is housed in a simple white paper slipcase, signed and numbered by the artist and includes an unsigned 7x9 inch RC gelatin silver photograph of a river landscape."
A "2 year photographic romance with the river, nature and the landscape around it" from a city-focused photographer really struck a cord with me.
I'm very much a city person, but with a profound kinship and feeling of spirituality towards nature.
The colour palette, the light, the feeling of texture and spirituality in these photographs are simply breathtaking I think.