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January 16, 2013
Norwegian photographer Christian Houge has spent much of his career artfully exploring subcultures and odd outposts around the globe — from costume-play in Japan to remote high-technology devices in the Arctic designed to collect data from across the universe. His most recent project brought him face to face, literally, with wild wolves.
He spoke with David Gonzales about this project, "Shadow Within", in a great interview featured in the New York Times Lens Blog:
“They say you don’t start living until you step out of your comfort zone,” the photographer said. “Art arises when you let go. It can be in the process, in the darkroom. But it can also be in the concept. The end product is about not having control.”
Houge is thoughtful and articulate as he discusses his experiences and what he's learned from his time with these wild creatures.
See and read more in the always excellent Lens Blog.
James Estrin, co-editor of Lens, met Christian Houge in Paris last November during the international portfolio reviews at Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2012.