Cooper & Gorfer’s Weather Diaries

 

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In a changing climate the photographic duo, Cooper & Gorfer has focused on planet Earth. Their tantalizing Weather Diaries were collected in Iceland, Greenland and the Feroe Islands.

 

 

We’re living in a time where most people are disconnected from Nature. Are you hoping this projects will inspire them to think differently?

 

“Yes, this was definitely on our agenda. The connection to Nature and it’s force is very prevalent in all these three island nations of the Weather Diaries.

You can not escape it and of course, this influences you in your self understanding. You cannot rule above nature. If a volcano explodes, there is not much you can do but to adjust to what nature presents to you.

It has not necessarily to do with a romantic view of nature, but it is a recognition of nature, or the earth, as a force. Like you say, we are living in a time, where we are more and more disconnected from nature.

We are city-societies and cities function the same way all over the world, imposing themselves onto nature. There is so much space for improvement in so many areas and on so many levels, and thankfully, there is a trend now towards a more thoughtful, personalised way of living and consuming.

We are finally questioning and standing up against some of the giant industries and commercial brands that have silently taken over  – they have more and more power, but don’t take their share of responsibility.

The keyword here is sustainability as in the opposite of short term thinking for a quick profit. The collaboration with all the artists and designers in this project has shown that beautifully. That there is another way. Bold, sustainable, poetic, successful, inspiring, unique, and personal, all at the same time.

 

“We are finally questioning and standing up against some of the giant industries and commercial brands that have silently taken over – they have more and more power, but don’t take their share of responsibility.”

 

We work in many layers. The main medium of our work is photography and every image is always based on a photograph. But we work beyond this, creating a more haptic experience of the image through experiments in composition, light, texture and metaphorical cues. We take the image away from the classi able, away from photography in the classical sense. Our process can take several weeks for one image, where we add, take away, and reassemble using di erent techniques. For us, something interesting happens in this grey-zone between photography and painting, when you as a viewer have to leave the certainty of knowing what medium it is you are looking at.

 

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