Into the Woods

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I find great pleasure in living on the island of Aeroe. It is peaceful here, safe and quiet... and last but not least... clean. The sea and the lack of buildings, people, cars etc makes the air here fresh and wonderful.

However, on a very basic level my body and soul is nourished by bigger landscapes. Mountains. Wide open fields and wilderness. Tall century-old trees stretching above me. Mossy dark woods that go on and on.

I drove north with the kids last week, to Djursland in Jutland where I was born and spent the first thirteen years of my life, to visit my mother who I hadn't seen for a very very long time. I had to take advantage of the incredible landscape there to walk around, feel small, and admire nature's brilliance.

I love the magical mystical atmosphere of big woods so I went a little bit darker and moodier with my images on this walk than I normally do. And I love the result.

I find myself getting more and more "brave" with my photography, my use of light and shadow. As I feel myself leaving behind the darkness, weight and ghosts of my past, I am simultaneously more and more willing to embrace 'darkness' in my work instead of always shooting light bright and happy images. There was definitely a long dark period in my personal and emotional life when I needed that lightness in my work to balance myself out. Now I feel free and light.

I believe in my heart that it is only hurtful to the human body, mind, and creativity to be 'removed' from nature, like so many people are today.

We need the tonic of wildness... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
— Henry David Thoreau

If you, like me, feel an overwhelming longing and soul-level satisfaction from being in nature, I would love for you to leave a comment below and tell me about it.