Aftermatch by Øystein Aspelund

Øystein Aspelund, a photographer out of Norway, joined us for a short interview to talk about his series Aftermath, and what is next for him.

Hi, how are you?

Thanks, I am fine, got a nice start on 2020.

So, how did the Aftermath come together? What was the idea behind it?

It came to life working intuitive, more or less by looking through unpublished material in my archive. I was searching for an interesting visual style experimenting with saturation, and discovered this duotone style that I felt worked quite well with the motives. I looked for something appealing, and at the same time also a bit uncommon, and unfamiliar. It is very rewarding to work with colors, as they trigger peoples emotions very fast. I think you can read the final result in many ways, and I like the fact that it also bear resemblance to real life situations, like the color from large forest fires.

With 2019 ended, how well do you reflect on the year?

2019 was a very interesting and intense year, a lot of things happened. I hope 2020 will be least as good, and I hope too boost my photographic career up some levels, maybe do a real proper collaboration/exhibition if a good gallery is interested. Lets see!

2020 will bring a new decade, what do you expect to achieve in the next ten years as a photographer?

The dream would surely be to have a lasting successful career.

Our final question, what is your definition of culture?

That is a big question. There are so many ways to see and explain that word. But for me right now, culture is first and most as an essential part of human life and existence.