Christoffer Relander uses double exposure to make lush environments look like dioramas.
Inspired by memories of a childhood collecting ladybugs, grass, and ants, Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander has a playful new series of analog double exposures that appear to capture the Scandanavian wilderness inside mason jars. Titled Jarred and Displaced, Relander's photos encase the landscape of his homeland in glass, making them look like expertly-crafted terrariums.
In his practice, Relander focuses almost exclusively on the double exposure, fusing nature, body parts, and inanimate objects. He says he enjoys the technique because it makes him, "able to create artworks that otherwise would only be possible through painting or digital manipulation in an external software." He's picked up commissioned work from companies like Adobe, Nikon, Oxford University Press, and the Finnish Forest Industry, groups all drawn to his surreal take on nature.
"I got the idea for Jarred and Displaced around the time I knew I would become a father two years ago. During this period I became nostalgic, sometimes anxious, about the fact I’m so far away from my own childhood," Relander tells The Creators Project. "Today I get to relive some of it through my daughter." Despite their youthful origin, his photos carry the eight years' expertise Relander has got under his belt, since first experimenting with photography while serving in the Finnish marines.
See more of Christoffer Relander's work on his website.
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