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About Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström:

"Like the furtive ornithologist or the sporting arctic explorer, Lindergård and Holmström seek to preserve the perfect moment when subject and surroundings engage and harmonize. They are fascinated by that instant when travelers go still, becoming carefully placed relics of the captured experience. In this way, they are anthropologists as much as image-makers.

/../It is this kind of wonderment that powers—and is gorgeously rendered—in the following images. A surprise of great beauty; an exhilarating, fearful moment; rapt awe; and a happy conversation between a human and nature is revealed in sweeping tableaus, lush color fields, and small, but undeniably engaged individuals, couples, and groups. Whether deeply involved in the conversation, or expectant that it will happen, the subjects bare a desire for this connection.

Patterns in the actions and aesthetics of Lindergård and Holmström's wayfarers reinforce these moments of fundamental rapport. Subconsciously blending with their new environments, many wear the colors that surround them. Others wander off alone, freezing in the face of a handsome view or inviting curiosity. Some gather together, forming constellations that map topographies. These habits, set in big landscapes with radiant color schemes, iconize the subjects as testaments to primal bonds.

Lindergård and Holmström give us more than observation of experience – they seem to divulge what, and how, their subjects see. Those images without people might embody individual impressions – micro views of realities extended and accentuated. A deep-red rock oozes fluorescent sherbet, or the remnant goo of melted sun. Icy pink stalactites stand guard at the entrance of a Yeti's playfort, or double as the maw of some ancient sea monster. As wonder overcomes time and place, Lindergård and Holmström invoke the abiding mysticism inspired by human-nature relationships.

John Ruskin, a critic-philosopher known for his deep trust in nature's ability to arouse creativity, would have been excited by Lindergård and Holmström's images. As our photographers zoom in and out of human experiences, Ruskin's 1856 conjuring of an aspirational stone feels wonderfully present: "For a stone, when it is examined, will be found a mountain in miniature." Through Lindergård and Holmström's lens, stones become wild, sensory, intimate curiosities – instances of wonderment made from wandering."

Alexxa Gotthardt
From the book Watching Humans Watching, Kehrer Verlag, 2011

 

Selected works

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Saga

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Watching Humans Watching