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Torbjørn Rødland : ‘Eighteen Analogue Double Exposures’

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‘Commissure’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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‘Highlighters’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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‘Troll’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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‘Cars and Flowers’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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‘Laurel Canyon Rooftop’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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‘Machine Head’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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‘Tassel’
Silver gelatin print
27 x 33 x 3 cm
2011
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SENTENCES ON PHOTOGRAPHY BY TORBJØRN RØDLAND

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1. The muteness of a photograph matters as much as its ability to speak.
2. The juxtaposition of photographs matters as much as the muteness of each.
3. All photography fattens. Objectification is inescapable.
4. It cannot secure the integrity of its subject any more than it can satisfy the need to touch or taste.
5. Good ideas are easily bungled.
6. Banal ideas can be rescued by personal investment and beautiful execution.
7. Lacking an appealing surface, a photograph should depict surfaces appealingly.
8. A photo that refuses to market anything but its own complexities is perverse. Perversion is bliss.
9. A back-lit object is a pregnant object.
10. To disregard symbols is to disregard a part of human perception.
11. Photography may employ tools and characteristics of reportage without being reportage.
12. The only photojournalistic image to remain interesting is the one that produces or evokes myths.
13. A photographer in doubt will get better results than one caught up in the freedom of irony.
14. Aesthetic eyes are distant eyes. Melancholic eyes are distant eyes. Ironic eyes are distant eyes.
15. One challenge in photography is to outdistance distance. Immersion is key.
16. Irony may be applied in homeopathic doses.
17. A lyrical photograph should be aware of its absurdity. Lyricism grows from awareness.
18. For the photographer, everyone and everything is a model, including the photograph itself.
19. The photography characterized by these sentences is informed by conceptual art.
20. The photography characterized by these sentences is not conceptual photography.

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“Sentences on Photography” was initially published in “Triple Canopy”, Issue #12: May 5, 2011

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Torbjørn Rødland : Standard (Oslo)

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