“My formula for human greatness is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not in the future, not in the past, not for all eternity. Not only to endure what is necessary, still less to conceal it — all idealism is falseness in the face of necessity — , but to love it...”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
BEHIND THE LENS
Anne Rydland is a 61 year old photographer from a small town called Hønefoss north of Oslo in Norway. She has been photographing on and off since the 80ies when she for a while was an intern in the local newspaper, - and during that period spent some time in the darkroom.
She is by profession a social educator and cognitive psychotherapist, and goes without saying she has met a lot of people in different life phases through that career. She finds her approach as a therapist similar to the way one meets people in a photographic setting. 80% of all communication is non-verbal, and is universial, and applies in all sorts of communicative settings. Empathy and communication are essential, also the basic respect for human beings. These qualities are very important to her through her work with people.
The past few years, she has done first and foremost portraits. She uses the enviroment that at any time is available, and does not have a studio.
“Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see”
― Soren Kierkegaard
She says she wants to create the space between spirit and appearance, the heart of it, - the very core of humanity. It matters nothing how one looks, if the spirit does not shine through the eyes of a person. To relax in the setting is essential to fulfil this ambitious goal. Smalltalk, get to know the person as much as possible in that setting. Drink that cup of coffee in between, eye contact, being a good listener rather than the talker. All this and much more creates the situation that perhaps can bring the person out there. Makes she or he shine in front of that scary camera.
Equipment: Canon6Dmarkll or Canon6D
Natural Light. Most of the time. Windows are a blessing to a photographer. And afternoon light. Find that very special light. To photograph means after all to paint or draw with the light.