“In this undertaking, I needed to go away my consolation zone and experiment with the contrasting environments of Scandinavian nature and Hong Kong metropolis. To discover two completely different environments on completely different sides of the globe, and mix them right into a fictional and surreal world; a man-made “Neonscape”. Only by documenting my journey and presenting it in one other time-frame would make sense to convey my surrealistic imaginative and prescient.
Before touring to Hong Kong I needed to check the industrial content material of the neon indicators. Afterward, the notion of this concept was troubling to me, as what the indicators say about us is frightening. The want to look previous the that means presents a dilemma in itself. This is what we are inclined to do, we ignore the implications of our way of life and our actions by merely shifting our gaze specializing in one thing else. We current a prettier reality as a result of it’s handy for us.”
“Just just like the neon indicators are disappearing in Hong Kong, our time is continually rising shorter with our planet in disaster. But the pictures are additionally calm, like liquid air, or time floating, just like the fuel contained in the neon indicators pouring out of its glass tubes as a solitary wanderer travels on foot on his snowy path“. -Curator Pamela Andersson
All photographs are a number of uncovered in-camera fairly than blended in exterior software program similar to Photoshop. This has been Relander’s alternative of method (for nearly 10 years now), primarily as a result of the constraints make his course of sooner and extra satisfying to work with.
The video Neonland was made as a collaboration between photographer Johan Ljungqvist (filming and enhancing) and Christoffer Relander (artwork director). Music by Daniel Kouvo and sound by Jesper Söderström.
Limited version prints can be found on request. Pigment prints on German Etching paper (310g). Available in three sizes; small, medium and enormous. Medium and enormous are mounted in DiaMount. Available for world-wide delivery. More information on christofferrelander.com/neonland
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