Hibernation II Is a Surreal Window Into The Subconscious

All Images by Øystein Sture Aspelund. Used Under a Creative Commons License

Based on the northern coast of Norway, near a place called Trondheim, photographer Øystein Sture Aspelund’s work on his Hibernation II series is the stuff of nightmares… or dreams – we can’t quite decide if we should be in awe or freaked out.

According to Aspelund, Hibernation is a “series investigating subconsciousness, and the sometimes grey boundary between truth and fiction.” The surreal and excellently processed series takes you through an open-ended story, frame by frame – set at night on the coastline and hills surrounding Trondheim. But just like the human subconscious, the story here is not so clear, leading the viewer to develop their own theory as they make their way through the series.

“It can be seen as a stream of frozen moments, where the story between each frame is as important as the frame itself,” Aspelund says, “this series intends to catch moments when our daily reality and our subconscious world sometimes strike each other.”

The journey, in this case, is one unique to each viewer as we all look to inwards to fill in the blanks purposefully left for us. You can find more of Aspelund’s work over on his website.

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Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.