|About the Artist:
Artist Statement – Johannes Frank Johannesson
I´m a self-taught photographer who seeks the artist I hope to be, within me. I was born and raised in a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland and I believe that the mountains and the harsh landscape and weather which I grew up with has had a big influence on my work. My knowledge comes from reading books, shooting photographs and learning from my mistakes, and the joy comes from making an image I am happy with. My biggest passion in photography has to be landscape, though I mix it with other things. I find that black and white gives me the most pleasure and I feel really good when I have shot an image I know will be great in black and white, so my second passion would probably be black and white photography.
Why do I shoot in black and white, or why I even take photographs?
There is no real answer to this, other than it makes me feel really good when I see the work on the screen. Having people look at my work and to make them feel good about my images and my country, and when people tell me they really want to visit a place I have shot just to see it with their own eyes, that is my biggest thrill of taking photographs. It is then that I feel I have accomplished something.
Black and white gives me the freedom I need in many photos to express the landscape without color interrupting and it is giving me more graphical viewpoints in a way that color can’t.
My intension when I am searching for a new photo, can sometimes be an image I have in my head, like if I want to express an isolated place or abandonment, then I head out for that type of place. Most of the time I go out driving looking for images and hope to find some places worth exploring further, holding on to the hope of finding the one image I am aiming for in my mind.
In my recent work I’m using a technique I have been learning for the past year and I like to use it combined with black and white 99 % of the time. I'm often looking for a soothing effect in my images and simplicity but I also want to express as much drama as I can just to show the power that nature has, and to maximize how small humans and their things can be against Nature.
By using this special technique I can slow down certain elements to give the viewer a feel that time has stopped and give him a change to explore nature in slow motion.
"And I always think that my photo is out there, I just have to be there to grab it