The Subject Matter
Andreas Ohlund's photography has a quiet power to it. It slowly creeps up on you as you notice his simplistic, heavy on portraiture images are far from run of the mill. They are rich in texture as warm tones exude from even his most stark minimalist images.
His setting is predominately in a studio as he allows the clothes and the power of human expression to come to the forefront. He cleverly uses lighting and saturation bringing out dimensions of the clothes which might otherwise be lost in a more 'busy' setting.
I love how in the pink series of photos above, how he blends the paint brush with the digital lens as the model appears to be moving about on her canvas. I like how shadowing is also incorporated in his pictures as an extra character enters the frame as the model gains an imaginary friend. The way he uses the pink hues I think illustrates what it might be like to see the world through rose tinted glasses, as life takes on a dreamy quality.
His black and white photos also offer this textured richness as the humble backdrop of the park doesn't appear so humble after all, as you notice the wonder in what might first appear ordinary. You observe the lines in the bark telling this tree's life story as a model dressed in crisp white rolled up trousers and shirt in the style of a leisured aristocrat in the country makes for an intriguing image.
Ohlund's photography I feel puts the emphasis on the subject matter bringing the purpose of the photo back in focus, which is refreshing when so many photographers often get lost in the frills of an elaborate background.
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Images courtesy of Lundlund.
Posted by Susan Walsh