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Art photo project – by me

October 4, 2015
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This summer I spent a week doing a photo course at a Danish Folk High School way out in the countryside (folk high schools are a longstanding Danish tradition invented by the Danish writer, poet, philosopher and pastor N. F. S. Grundtvig. Check here if you are curious of the concept). I came home with my very first photo book – shot, curated and designed by me. Stitched by hand even.

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The title of the course was ‘Who is this person’. Taking portraits have never interested me to be honest. I prefer working with still objects. The process of taking photos to me is very much related to my passion for design and cityscapes, light and shadow. But I signed up with an open mind.

Long story short, the teacher ended up giving each of us a personal challenge after spending a few days getting to know us and seeing our previous work. And boy was I challenged – but in a good way. My assignment was to see the human shape in the same perspective I usually see design, architecture and interior. Pure form, light and shadow, and my sense of aesthetics, language, and Nordic mood. Focus on the pure shapes of the body – not the person or personality. I had to think about the assignment for a little while before I could picture it in my mind. But then I got into it and had a lot of fun. It was very different experience ‘styling’ humans for a change.

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I have only shared my book with a handfull of people close to me, as it feels much more private than any of my other work. But some of my sweet followers on Instagram have asked to see it, so after some consideration I’ve decided to ignore my usual shyness and share some of the photos from the book with you.

Creating a photo book is an art in itself. You have to tell a story and have a red thread binding the pictures together. There should be pauses for people to rest their eyes and brain and dwell on the details. You also need to give the viewer a key to solve the puzzle of your book. With that in mind I started in the not-so-pretty dining hall with the ambition to style the school’s not-so-pretty china to set the scene and give the viewer an understanding of my aesthetics.

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My intention was to create photos that will speak to your senses. Capture surfaces and shapes that you want to reach out and touch. Pictures that will leave you thinking that you can almost feel the sensation of the surface on your finger tips just by looking at it.

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That’s it. I kinda wish I could show you the book so you would see the whole story. Plus a real book with real pages is just so much cooler than photos on a screen. But this sneak peek will have to do.

Have a great day x

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    Reply thea October 4, 2015 at 17:09

    love your pictures


    • Rikke
      Reply Rikke October 7, 2015 at 20:52

      Thank you so much! This means a lot to me as it feels like a very private thing to share x

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    Reply Benedicte October 5, 2015 at 08:55

    Is it weird to say that I love you saying that you were too shy to share at first…?!! It took me years to start my little blog as a creative side project, weeks and weeks to let people (1 at a time starting with best friends) know I actually had a blog, but since I did (not even 1 year ago) it has helped unleash so so so much in my creative life. I now look at my fears in the eyes and most of the time throw them out the window because I love what being fearless has brought into my life. Anyways enough about me, I would have never guessed you’d be shy about a personal photo project but I totally understand and I love what you have done. No doubt the book must be beautiful and very precious to you. It’s so good to find the strength to challenge ourselves in our creativity. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Rikke
      Reply Rikke October 7, 2015 at 20:49

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Benedicte! I really appreciate them. Being creative is such a big part of how we see the world, so letting the world see what we have created feels like revealing your soul or heart. It’s so vulnerable. But I am glad I found the courage to share – otherwise I would have never read your heartwarming words. I am happy to hear that you have found an outlet for your creativity too. Let’s shower the world in creativity :) x

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    Reply Maria October 7, 2015 at 13:16

    Love them! Good for you!!

    • Rikke
      Reply Rikke October 7, 2015 at 20:49

      Thank you so much!

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