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Hans Strand

*1955 in Marmaverken, Sweden

"The wilderness is the mother of all living things. It is always honest and never trivial." (Hans Strand)

In his photographs Hans Strand explores the world’s landscapes, from arctic glaciers to oceans, deserts and lava fields right up to tropical rain forests. The nature’s obvious beauty though, which we generally associate with flowery meadows, is not to his interest. In fact, his mostly abstract compositions bare a scenic complexity, which lets the observer directly experience the rampant and pure nature. In most cases Strand’s photos are high-angle shots, a perspective which – except of the view in an aeroplane – remains concealed to the common population. Due to the change of perspective the picture´s abstraction already develops on a first level. In his job-related decision for the photography the former engineer performed a comparable relocation: away from the engineering technique, a man-made product, turning to the deserted, untamed nature. A nature, which always survived the individual but also, is menaced in its continuity since centuries. Because of the climate change, in a few years Strand’s landscapes will not look the same as we see them on his pictures today. Surely, Hans Strand’s decision to attend the geographical photography is connected to the desire, to escape the technical development’s pressure in civilisation in order to elude the active involvement as an engineer. Hans Strand’s works are documentary photography, the document the landscape’s actual condition. Unlike other scenic photographers whose interest concentrates on the documentation of change as for example the diminishing glaciers, Strand in first place focuses on the landscape’s aesthetics, as he wants to support its preservation with his photography. The natural, raw composition and colour direction elates Hans Strand. It’s his aim to express the colours and the scenery as realistic as possible.

The photographer succeeds in recording the never-ending vastness of the solid landscape in a two-dimensional medium. Although he only can shoot fragments of the huge snow, river and desert landscapes, these pictures seem to proceed beyond the picture frame’s restriction and to express their endlessness. Some of the landscapes seem peacefully and resting in themselves, others bring movements and changes to the picture. A few appear soft, others abrupt and paltry.

In certain cases, Strand decides against the bird’s eyes view and takes his photos in an eye level perspective. In this way, the horizontal gets visible, sky and earth are differentiable and the pictures gain even more spatiality to the point of three-dimensionality.

Besides the boundless vastness, Hans Strand’s photos are able to demonstrate the surface structure’s variety.

Many shown texture can’t be identified accurately, so the whole purpose is the demonstration of a naturally abstract surface design, which cannot be imitated by humans. Nature is unique and not replaceable. 

Kittywakes, South Coast
  • Kittywakes, South Coast
  • The Glacier River, Eastcost
  • Tungná
  • Kittywakes and River Markafljót, South Coast
  • Háifoss
  • Frosty Oaks Sturehov
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Einhyrningur
  • River Delta, Skeidararsandur
  • Coastal Lagune
  • Sun Reflection in Delta, Central Highlands

Landscape | 25 Edition

Some of the landscapes seem peacefully and resting in themselves, others bring movements and changes to the picture. A few appear soft, others abrupt and paltry. In certain cases, Strand decides against the bird’s eyes view and takes his photos in an eye level perspective. In this way, the horizontal gets visible, sky and earth are differentiable and the pictures gain even more spatiality to the point of three-dimensionality. Besides the boundless vastness, Hans Strand’s photos are able to demonstrate the surface structure’s variety. Many shown texture can’t be identified accurately, so the whole purpose is the demonstration of a naturally abstract surface design, which cannot be imitated by humans. Nature is unique and not replaceable.

Landscape | 25 Edition

Title: Kittywakes, South Coast

Year: Iceland, 2008

Print: C-Print

Mount: BACK MOUNT TO ALUMINUM AND FRONT MOUNT TO WHITE GLASS, FRAMED IN A WHITE MUSEUMBOX

Art-Nr.: ID-HAS-Ae-27

  • 40cm x 53cmEdition limited to: 25 + 2 AP

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