After the ball

These pictures never became particularly popular …
My wife hates them and I am pretty sure that she is not the only one.
It is not my mission in life to make pictures which people like, sometimes it is is much more important to make something that they really disgust.
Anyway, that is not a theme for writing this.
I just show you what I have made and then you can make
your own opinion …

“After the Ball”, the title is taken from a song of “Klaus Nomi”, was a picture which “made itself”.

Kari, the model on these three photographs, was quite exhausted and wanted to go home. I myself was quite satisfied and we agreed to end the session.

And there it was, the moment I love!

On the end of this shot, she had been wearing a ski mask, but we had been experimenting with all sorts of material. Her makeup was unusually thick and greasy, and at the moment she drew the mask over her head the eyelids got stuck with the fabric and she cried out in pain.
At that particular moment I was putting down my camera, but just in a reflex I had it back and got the shot that I had worked for so long.

It all happened so quickly that it was first when we were standing in the darkroom together, watching the picture slowly emerge on the paper, that we understood that it was this we had been working for.

What others may understand …
Hopefully, there is someone out there who can appreciate the photographs and what we were trying to accomplish.
Anyway, this is “After the Ball”.

When I look back I think that the whole idea about masks had been better in a “Butoh” performance than independent graphic art. Anyway, I think that some of the pictures came out rather well.
The titles indicate that my thoughts were occupied with theatrical effects rather than making good photographs.

A rather strange thing happened when we were working with this idea. The session went over weeks with several models and during that period a robbery took place here in Bergen. Photos from the bank’s security cameras were released and in one of the pictures, I could see that the robber most certainly was a woman.
The robber was never caught, which in itself prove that I have right.

Women tend to do better than men in many jobs …

Pictures from
“The Man Outside the Window”

Model, Kari.

All tomorrow´s parties

«And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow’s parties
A hand-me-down dress from who knows where
To all tomorrow’s parties
And where will she go, and what shall she do
When midnight comes around
She’ll turn once more to Sunday’s clown and cry behind the door»

WELCOME TO THE PARTY

These lines from «Velvet Underground» made me think about how much music has meant for me, also when it comes to titles for my pictures.  Some times I can say a lot about a picture, sometimes there is nothing to tell …
It is strange though, that these songs from «Velvet Underground» always has been the songs that I have listen to at Christmas. 
Another favorite is «Sunday Morning» from the same LP.

«Sunday morning
Praise the dawning
It’s just a restless feeling
By my side»

The naked body

«The human body itself plays an important role in creating the eye-catching form of these pieces; Fuller displays a natural sense of space and shape, her poses and facial expressions challenging the binaries between clean and dirty, and professional and fun/flirty.»

From a review by Cori Amato Hartwig

The naked body has inspired artists for centuries, but for me, nudity has been the way to the naked soul …

I know that it is a rather selfish thought to try to penetrate another person’s soul but that is what I do when I am shooting a new picture. That is why I use a very long time to finish what I try to achieve.

It can take hours or even days,
and of course, sometimes I fail …

Model, AnneGrethe R.I.P