Bjørg-Elise Tuppen’s “Visual Strangeness” Series Plays with Your Imagination

All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Looking at her body of work, one could easily see that Bjørg-Elise Tuppen is inspired most by the Norwegian wilderness as well as her culture’s myths and legends. Aside from shooting dreamlike landscape photos, the Harstad, Norway-based photographer and graphic designer also creates images that combine contradicting elements. The results are nothing short of stunning and whimsical.

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Bjørg-Elise Tuppen Shares Her Serene Moments with the Moon

All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The Arctic remains one of the most mesmerizing locations for landscape photographers: its frozen landscapes are among the most mysterious, intriguing, and moody subjects to capture. If it’s one of your dream destinations to photograph, you will definitely be inspired by the serene landscape photography of Harstad-based photographer, artist, and graphic designer Bjørg-Elise Tuppen in the Arctic region of Northern Norway.

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Visual Strangeness Presents Scenes Only Found in Dreams

All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with a Creative Commons License via Behance. 

Photography generally represents a reality that the photographer intends to illustrate. In the world of photo-manipulation where the possibilities are endless, it is up to the creativity and wild imagination of the artist to produce thought-provoking and often incredible reality in their work of art. Bjørg-Elise Tuppen blends the elements of mostly wild animals in their most unnatural habitat, resulting in strange and thought provoking environmental portraits of the wild animals in his series of Visual Strangeness.

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Photo Series Depicts the Myths and Legends of Norway

All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with permission.

“The creative descriptions were inspired by my own interpretations of these mythical beings and the folklore about them.” states Bjørg-Elise about her project on Norway’s mythological beasts and legends. “I also wanted to reinterpret them, give them a more updated and current look. Growing up in Norway one hears myths and stories about them, and for a child they seem both scary and fascinating.”

Bjørg-Elise has had her Enchanted Land project featured on the site before, and her latest project on Norway is a sort of natural evolution. Instead of simply capturing scenes though, she did quite a bit of editing. Using herself, her son and others as the models she then composited the subjects into landscapes. “The exception is ‘Skrømt’, which actually is my 10 years old son in the woodshed at our holiday home.” she states.

Bjørg-Elise reasons that the feeling from the Enchanted Land is in here because it’s a token expression of her style. She enjoys gloomy scenes. “…I feel that this reflect the landscape in Northern Norway. Also, it underlines the magical, spooky and scary aspects of the mythical creatures.”

 

She’s still working on the project, but her finished images can be seen after the jump.

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The Enchanted Land: An Ethereal Vision of Northern Norway

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All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with permission.

“Through the Enchanted land series I wanted to convey not only the beautiful and dramatic landscape up here, but also the feeling it afflicts on you when you dwell in it” says Bjørg-Elise Tuppen about his project called The Enchanted Land. Bjørg-Elise lives in northern part of Norway; and received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from the University of Herefordshire. But this is more than just a series of landscape photos.

On finding his work on Behance, you’ll see two parts of a project that he calls “The Enchanted Land.” But what you’ll notice about the images is an almost ethereal look to them.

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