Practice and experience

Introduction:

My practice is focused on good craftmanship, and evolving a sense of treasure hunting.  Intuitively based and informed by an interest in abstract expressionism. Based on what the photographic image may uncover, intent and release, often based on my personal experience.  For many years I have searched inwards, in order navigate the extern world. This search I try to illuminate in the photographic series shown on this site. This also implies an interest in photohistory, archival photos found online. This search, this ongoing quest of orienting myself, involve reflections on modern media, on natural surroundings, perception, all based on what it is being an individual in todays urban scandinavia. Through walks in forestland, on beaches and islands, in streets and at busstops and the like, close to my home in Copenhagen Denmark, through chance meetings with people on trainstations, public squares and streets for portrait sessions, and through online search for imagery that I respond to, I try to create threads that people can relate to, feel and identify with. Threads that relate to a modern sense of being in and with own immediate physical surroundings, in close as periferal relations, and with the ever present digital and online mediated reality that co-shapes our sense of being and our choices of action. Through writing of short prose texts, as short essayistic personal writings on photography and society, I also seek to expand and add to the barely visual, in juxtaposing frameworks for this sense of orienting, and connectivity also in facilitating an experience of my work in the gallery, online or in zines and books.

Now and always an amateur of heart.

 


 

Nikolaj Callesens tilgang til fotografiet er på én gang komplekst og så lige til, at det bevæger sig naturligt på fotografiets skrøbelige smalle kant.

Bogen ’Gensyn med sensommerens blodrøde, varme og vilde valmue’ af Nikolaj Callesen er et godt eksempel på det rå og det skrøbelige med kontrastfyldte sort/hvide fotografier sammensat med farvefotografier fra byens rum og naturens åbenbaringer.

Ordene i bogen sammenflettes med fortællinger i kameraets afbildninger: ”Bag mit lukkede vindue, er jeg i værelsets radiatorvarme åndenød. Suger febrilsk til mig af lyset, der når mig mellem hans sitrende spredte fingre imens de tegner klare fabelagtige skygger på asfalten bag ham”. Poetiske stemninger fra følelsernes afkroge.

Nikolaj Callesen besidder en sensitivitet i hans fotografiske arbejde, som er sjældent set og du som beskuer er inviteret ind i disse billedlige følelsesstrenge.

Henriette Lykke,

28. juli 2018.

 


 

Education:

Ba. Socialanthropology, Aarhus University, 2001

Ba. Hons. Fine Art Photography, Glasgow School of Art, 2006

Exhibitions:

Solo:

“Degreeshow” 2006, Glasgow

“I orkanens Øje” 2006, Bergen Kunsthall

“Efeu, Skvalderkål, Hjertensfryd og Månestråle”, Fountain House, Copenhagen 2017

“Og jeg glemmer at dagene er kortest i december” Fountain House, Copenhagen, January 2018

“Gensyn med sensommerens blodrøde, varme og vilde valmue”, Christianshavns Beboerhus, Copenhagen, August 2018

Group:

Artotekets forårsudstilling, 2016, Copenhagen

Like Traces of Blackbirds in daylight: Copenhagen Photofestival, 2017

“Winter” Blank wall Gallery, Athens Greece november 2017

“The Sacred” Selection of work by Robert Adams, Light Box Gallery, Oregon, august 2018

Publications:

“I Orkanens Øje”, Bergen Kunsthall, 2006

“Gensyn med sensommerens blodrøde, varme og vilde valmue”,  July 2018

 


 

Skærmbillede 2017-11-22 kl. 16.30.08