Anne Sophie Nordrum

  • TIME: 28th November, 2013 - 13th January, 2014
  • LOCATION: Nordic Light - House of Photography, Kristiansund
  • OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION: Thursday 28th November 2013, at 16:00.
  • TITLE: "Sensibilita" by Anne Sophie Nordrum
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Photographer Anne Sophie Nordrum was raised in a small village called Fåvang near the mountains in Gudbrandsdalen in Norway. Currently she lives outside Oslo in a small town called Vollen in Asker. She is a graduate graphic engineer and works as a photographer and a graphic designer.

- I first became interested in photography when I was a child, Anne Sophie says. My uncle took some B / W pictures of me as a baby which have fascinated me since I was a little girl. I was 12 years old when I bought my first camera and since then a camera has consistently been my constant companion. To begin with I did not think of taking pictures as an art, but rather as a process of understanding myself better – a means of an external non verbal expression. I started taking photography seriously about 15 years ago. 

- Sensibilità is a project I have been working on for the last 12 months. I wanted to challenge myself as a photographer, and wanted to show that women of all ages and sizes have their own unique beauty. As for the nude aspect, I find the human body exquisite, and I believe it is the most vulnerable state we can be in. I find that beautiful. I could have used professional models, but I had no motivation as the average women made for incredible models.  

21 women, of all ages, sizes and shapes that were only wearing a thin silk fabric – were photographed in the lake, waterfalls and river rapids - in sun, rain, wind and coldness.

- In Norway the water is cold, so the women braved the elements for these pictures. Most of the pictures were taken near where I live, but one of the pictures was taken on the raft Kon-Tiki and one up in the Andes-mountains in Argentina, South America, Anne Sophie explains.

- There was an additional challenge to the cold water as keeping track of 23 meters of long silk fabric in water, it takes much energy and is exhausting for the models.  

- The models worked hard, and really gave of themselves. Each model impressed me deeply, and I am very grateful for all their efforts.  I also worked hard building confidence in the models as each of us have different limits – both regards to facing the elements and sharing our nudity. It was important for me to give the models reassurance that these pictures would be treated respectfully as the women bared themselves in these pictures. 

(Sensibilità means sensitivity - sensitivity, susceptibility, the degree of a nerve's ability to lead impression). 

Anne Sophie is now working on a new project, but currently she is also working on a series from the Andes-mountains in Argentina, where she lived with the Indians for three weeks in January last winter.

- However, Sensibilità is not a finished project. It may be something I want to work on for the rest of my life from time to time.

- I am inspired by so much. Music has a big influence on me. Nature also plays a big role in my life. People and of course other photographers. One of my major photographic influences is Henri Cartier-Bresson, but there are so many great photographers who inspires me - Dorothea Lange, Arbus, Ansel Adams, Josef Koudelka, Sally Mann, Lucien Clergue, Jean-Claude Gautrand, Sara Moon, Andre Kertez, Morten Krogvold, Connie Imboden, Brett Weston, Annie Leibovitz, Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank.

- I think finding your voice in any form of artistic expression comes from finding out who you are, and what you like and work with. It is about expanding your mind and your heart to see things in a different way. Photography is a process of never-ending discovery of yourself and how we relate to each other. It is a universal language that has the potential to communicate how we feel, not just what we see.

- It is not wrong to admire and simulate other photographers, but sooner or later one must discover the true joy of photography in finding your own voice. Photography is not about equipment, so anything you can do to minimize the amount of time you spend thinking about it, the better.

Work hard, be patient. It is much better to make some few strong photographs in one's life than making hundreds of thousands who are mediocre. Quality - not quantity. Remain in the moment, allow the process to lead you to make more thoughtful pictures. Slowing the process down puts you more in touch with the silence of the mind – and inner creativity. You can work all day and end up with only one good exposure, or maybe none.

- If the image you have created does not have the feeling you've strived for, then throw it. Keeping pictures around that was "close but not quite" will only hold you back. Just keep the work that touches you deeply as you build the foundation for your further work to rest on. Strive for perfection, but accept excellence. As long as your heart is engaged with what you do, follow it without reservation. All that really matters is what happens inside of you.