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Fredastund (Kvassheim)

From the series "Fredastund" (2010).


I'd been wanting to do a series of nightscapes from the North Sea for a long time, and when I heard Hovering Orville's Fredastund, I knew what I wanted the pictures to look like. These nigthscapes are the result of a series of trips to the sea, at dusk and at night, in the autumn of 2010. My photography is usually about capturing a specific moment, while this series introduces the passing of time as a major element.


Hiroshi Sugimoto's seascapes are an obvious influence, but during the making of these images I kept going back to much older works, like Monet's dreamy seas and Turner's violent waves.


Looking out on the North Sea from the west coast of Norway, means looking at the waves and feeling the freezing wind on your skin, only interrupted by the odd shipping tanker passing by. But further out lies the oil platforms, the commercial fishing trawlers and enough wind power to eliminate fossil fuels. I am not finished with this sea.


- Erik Sæter Jørgensen, December 2010

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Taken on November 9, 2010