Baer with me originates in a small, remote area in Northern Iceland, not far from the Arctic Circle. It is an exceptional place with large skies, roaring seas, thunderous clouds and fog-smoking mountains, with the Baer Art Center as its central point and its radius a days-walk long.
As an artist-in-residence of the Baer Art Center in the summer of 2015, I watched the sun rise and set in the north, or not set at all, I lived through days without end and nights without darkness, I watched the light set the land on fire and the clouds throw heavy shadows on the fields.
While working, I was very much aware of what exists outside the frame of my camera lens. What I cannot see, because I have turned my back towards it, is as real as what I do see and has a powerful presence. In Bear with me, I am layering the visual meanings that unfold while turning or shifting position. As I make and mix multiple long exposures, the ghosts of previous exposures start lingering behind the colours and forms that register at the surface of my frames.
Images of the portfolio were first presented as part of a 64-slide show, titled: Imagine Iceland at the Baer Art Center Gallery Opening and Open House on July 1, 2015 in Hofsos, Iceland.
I am greatly indebted to Steinunn Jónsdóttir, her family and the staff of the Baer Art Center for giving me an extraordinary opportunity to work in an extraordinary place.