“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
T. S. Eliot
Rearrange is a series of photographs of foggy streets and roads in Norway. They were shot during the last couple of years, while driving to or from assignments in various parts of the country. These landscapes are very familiar and nostalgic to me, I have travelled the roads many times during my life and my childhood. Yet at this particular point of time in the world, the way the fog dims the view of the roads ahead mirrors my unsettling feeling when trying to imagine the future. Being human is to be influenced by visions of the future, and we imagine that the future will be some form of continuation of the past. I no longer take this continuation for granted. Nature is no longer the mere backdrop of human action, but has been subject to scientific invention and intervention for economical purposes and the narrow interests of the present. It is the nature of photography to capture lost moments, to preserve life and what we have lost. It was my intention to make these photographs resemble the earlier romanticist painting tradition and their desire for beauty, in order to enhance the feeling of past and loss, to encourage the need for a different direction ahead in order to preserve hope.