This past weekend we caught the last day of a photo exhibit at the Preus Museum, the national museum of photography, located here in Horten. The museum is located in a large, old naval artillery storage facility at Karljohansvern, site of the town's naval base and former wharf. The cavernous interior makes for a great art gallery, and I had a lot of fun photographing within the space! The Preus Museum has a permanent display of cameras and photo equipment, a large library--everything dedicated to photography and the history of it.
The featured exhibit we were eager to see was called New Topographics, recreated from an original 1970's collection shown at George Eastman House in New York. The collection was a unique take on landscape photography, where the focus is on what man has made and done to the landscape.
Sometimes aesthetically pleasing, other times disturbing because of what man has done to the landscape in negative ways. All very clinically, neutrally presented, leaving it to the viewer to decide whether there was an inherent beauty in the landscape or what man did to it. Something to think about, what we do to the landscape...