Otto Fabricius Photography
Nature and landscapes have fascinated me since my early youth in Sweden and Denmark. I still remember my Kodak Brownie and how I searched for pictures in the subjects - with a growing awareness of the difference between the two.
From the beginning of the 1960s a Voigtländer camera (still working!) served me well for twenty years, a period with many experiments and kinds of photography. Travel, nature, fashion, weird lightings, obscure motives, b&w, color…
My urge to see things through a lens never left me, and when I retired from a career in advertising and marketing I decided to seriously study and develop my photography. Over the years it became a passion for me – now it is a condition.
Since 2003 I have lived in the south eastern corner of France, between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. When I travel around in the mountains I have to restrict my photography. It is all too easy to end up with thousands of “postcards”. But as a Dane from a flat land in the North one is overwhelmed by these mountainous landscapes in all their drama and beauty. And now, when I look at landscapes in Denmark I tend to experience them in other ways than before.
The project “Between Heaven and Earth” is from the south western corner of Denmark 1). It is still a work in progress. It is an area with a unique sky, light, land and water which still calls me to see it in different ways. Even if it is frowned upon in certain circles the representation of landscapes in painting and photography never seems to weary.
It is not easy to say what attracts me in a landscape, a potential not always evident, sometimes not clear until I am working with the picture. It can seem dreamy or even surrealistic – some say we see our inner landscape, a mirror of our own inner reflections? The landscape picture as a self portrait? Perhaps. I develop relationships with my preferred spots, and it is my hope to share that by showing them.
I am also drawn by small scale micro landscapes. Ten years ago I began to study the nature of pebbles, the beauty of stones and rocks 2). This look into the world of stones has revealed surprising beauty in forms and colors, and both old and new pictures will later be shown here – watch this space!
How beauty develops in time is another ongoing project where my close encounters with flowers have revealed more than I expected and continue to fascinate and challenge me. I wanted to go beyond the obvious and proud beauty of young flowers – and to show the beauty of age…
La vita è bella – enjoy!
1) Gallery Straedet, Moegeltoender, Denmark, 2013. An early part of it was shown in a gallery in France in 2006.
2) Le Monde des Galets, Galerie Dorothée, Vence, France 2005.