Norwegian based photographer Øystein Sture Aspelund sparks his interest for visual expression by including architectural elements.
’One of my main themes of inspiration are places that have seen rapid changes. It may be borderlands where the civilization turns into the wild. Or reflections on the struggle between man and his environment. Often the results end up in a field between traditional documentary and art photography.’’
Within his work he investigates the relationship between colors and shapes. But only aesthetically pleasing visuals are not enough. He wants to use his photography to document by investigating levels of reality, understanding and enlightenment.
This series is visually dark, and largely shot at night, when most people sleep. Sleep can be seen as a kind of “Hibernation,” which is a subject that he finds fascinating.
‘’Normally animals hibernate, but also humans can hibernate, in several different ways. I have a fascination for the dark hours, when the world appears very different. Lights are turned on, and artificial lightening illuminates the landscape instead of the sun and the daylight. We have a lot of artificial lightening in Norway, and the winter season here where I live is rather dark. Many people say that they enter a kind of hibernation state of mind during these winter months.’’