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Olaf Otto Becker

Under the Nordic Light – A Journey through Time 1999 -2011

For more than 25 years now, landscape photography constitutes the main topic of my photographic work. I am especially interested in documenting the visible traces of human overpopulation left behind in nature. It’s these traces that make clear how exactly we treat our planet. After thorough research, I usually work a couple of years on one specific topic, to then publish my results in form of a book. The single image is of great importance, but it’s sequences that allow to tell an in depth story. I think of myself as artist as well as eyewitness to the changes of our time that are important to me. I read the landscape and record what I find to be truly remarkable.

I mostly work in colour, using the analog process of my 8×10 large format camera. After developing, the negatives are being digitalized and dust as well as some colour retouching takes place. My interest is to present what I witnessed and not what could be digitally reconstructed. That is why I do not digitally manipulate the content of my photographs.