Nils Karlson: On Glaucoma and Shooting with Film

All images by Nils Karlson. Used with permission.

Photographer Nils Karlson is a 41 year old creative living in Germany. “I started photography in my late 30’s, almost a decade after I got a glaucoma diagnosis, which affects my eyesight – my right eye is useless for photography, so I adapted and became left-eyed.” His journey started with messing around with digital photography then moved to 35mm slide film. Eventually, he got into the square format with 120 film–and those are part of his series, “Earth Stands Still.”

Despite the odds being against him, he’s done a fantastic job.

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“It is based on the concept of the Bardo in Tibetan Book Of The Dead,” says Nils. “I realised how the horizon can not only be perceived as an end or dividing line, but also as a symbol of eternity: We can not reach the horizon, as it keeps its distance, no matter how far we sail, how often we transcend. We forever live in a state of Bardo, leaving traces of energy throughout our journey.” This philosophy is evident in some of the images that he put together.

To create the images, Nils uses a Mamiya RZ67, a Mamiya 6, and a Zero Image 6×6 pinhole camera. To Nils, he states that he becomes a part of the landscape and the landscape becomes a part of him.

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