Øyvind Hjelmen welcomes viewers into his richly poetic and mysterious photographic world. The lyrically sequenced and meticulously printed duotone plates presented in this volume are characterized by deep shadows, bursts of penetrating light, and the gauzy aesthetics often associated with analog photographs made using plastic or other low-tech cameras. His enigmatic photographs maneuver slowly below the surface. It is on this subliminal level that the personal becomes universal and alludes to the human experiences of memory, fear, loss, sexuality, hope, nightmares, and doubt.
Øyvind Hjelmen lives and works on the island of Stord, off the west-coast of Norway. He is a fine art photographer specializing in hand-printed black and white images, hand bound artists books and portfolios, and larger format unique photograms. He holds a BA in modern art and aesthetics from the University of Bergen. Working with photography for more than 25 years, his works have been exhibited in 14 countries. Among the collections that hold his works are The Museum of Fine Art in Houston, USA. He has also published five books, among them two monographs.