Øystein Sture Aspelund Uses Expired Films in Moody Space-Inspired Story

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Unpredictable and unreliable as they can be, the moody and often surreal imagery of expired films continues to inspire countless photographers and visual storytellers. Our latest favorite example is by Oslo-based Øystein Sture Aspelund, whose stunning space-inspired set is one of the most fitting use of the expired film aesthetic we’ve seen so far. If you still shoot film, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this series.

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Øystein Sture Aspelund Adds a Splash of Color in Nordic Landscapes in “AEON”

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The mere mention of Nordic landscapes brings to mind some dramatic images of snow-capped mountains, frigid vistas, and rugged terrains. But it seems that for Øystein Sture Aspelund, all these are blank canvases waiting to be painted with his surreal visions. And so he does in his most recent body of work called AEON. If you’ve ever wanted to do a unique conceptual twist to landscape photography you may want to take notes from the Oslo-based photographer.

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Øystein Sture Aspelund Captures the Beauty of Getting Lost

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There something enchanting about wandering aimlessly and emerging somewhere strange and unfamiliar, but all the same breathtaking. This is often the thrill sought by photographers keen on photographing distant lands and unchartered territories. But for Norwegian photographer Øystein Sture Aspelund, it’s more compelling to capture the stories and emotions that arise when we’re faced with the promise of discovery and getting whisked away from the familiarity and occasional boredom of daily life.

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Hibernation II Is a Surreal Window Into The Subconscious

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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.

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