I'm in Sacramento - I'm going to canoe down a river in canyon land with my sister in law and her husband!
One of the last things I did at home was checking out the photo's of Viggo's exhibition in Reykjavik at their homepage. I couldn't believe some were still available, and for very moderate prices! My absolute favourite wasn't among them, but two or three others I liked a lot, too. One of them is North country 40 - and I bought it!
You can see it here:http://www.dfstudio.net/pub/portfolio.df?id=NONGRTLGOMLSMSMSLM
(it is number 26; my favourite photo was Nr 11, Kerteminde 3, which is one of the most 'joyful' photos for me)
North Country 40 is not yet delivered to my place, but when I come home again, it will probably be there waiting for me!
I already have Viggo's book Skovbo, which contains some of the photos of the exhibition, and I liked it best from all his photo books so far. The main theme of his photo art too me always was the "Vanitas"-motive: the beauty of the moment like the impressionist artists used to celebrate it with reflexions of light, blurred colours and 'cut-off'-compositions, combined with mourning over the loss of each single beautiful moment, like baroque painters expressed it, with dead animals, faded stains, broken things in puddles. In his latest photos he brings out both aspects even stronger, with deliberate 'flaws' in the photos, which sometimes look like the film was 'damaged', exposed to the influence of the elements, or taken under stress, in pain, or sometimes in delirious happiness and joy, too.
I very much like how the photos are presented in 'Skovbo" - Viggo always left a 'cut-off' stripe of the next photo or the last photo on the same page, like photos look when the photo shop fucks the film up :). The brutal black lines which seperate a beautiful, sometimes almost 'romantic' photo and the incomplete 'beginning' of the next 'moment' emphasise again and even more merciless how fast the beautiful moment is lost and destroyed and we are thrown into the next experience, not knowing what will come.
The photo I bought fascinates me because the old romantic theme of the sunset I perceive as dramatically beautiful, melancholic and uncanny here. I always was attracted to the double meaning of the red-black colour contrast, which carries an 'aggressive' and an 'erotic' message.