TIFA 2023 Book / Fine Art

Broken Shadow

  • Prize
    Gold in Book/Fine Art, 1st Place winner in Book
  • Photographer
    Oyvind Hjelmen

Broken Shadow is a collection of fragmented memories. Aiming for timelessness, the images touch upon childhood, youth and adulthood. They reflect on how we relate to ourselves and our surroundings, as human beings. How our adult lives are based upon our childhood, and how we relate to our memories, hopes and fears, sexuality and dreams. The images evoke a feeling of contrast between the weight of the shadows, and the lightness of flight. In the shadows we are grounded, anchored, connected. Breaking open the shadow can reveal the beauty that hides there.

√ėyvind 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.