You Won’t Believe What Photographer Christoffer Relander Can Do With An Analog Camera

By Dahlia Ambrose / December 1, 2016

Here's Some Extremely Clever Photography Techniques From A Very Talented Guy!

This photographer is producing some really fascinating work, so have a quick read before you check out some of the stunning pictures!

Christoffer Relander

Image from Unsplash

Meet Christoffer Relander – a Finnish Photographer with a pure love for his environment since he was a child. And now, he's using a multiple exposures technique to capture these environments and his homeland’s landscape in Mason Jars. Sounds surreal, hey?

Christoffer's Work & His Story

His inspiration stems from his childhood days when he spent days collecting ladybugs, grass and ants.

Christoffer grew up in the countryside of southern Finland and it is one place that he loves to revisit as an adult. This was the environment that Christoffer fell in love with when he was a child and most of the wooden landscapes that he has captured, are from here.

His famous project “Jarred and Displaced” combines clean images of the jars with black and white landscapes that he collects from forests, neighborhoods and other steep ridges.

Amazingly, Christoffer does not use any software to manipulate the images but, shoots the pictures on medium format film and manipulates the photographs in the camera itself.

This project is completely analog where Christoffer deliberately decided to avoid any digital processes. The pictures he creates look like beautifully crafted terrariums.

Christoffer says that he enjoys this technique because it enables him to create artworks that otherwise would only be possible through painting or digital manipulation in an external software.

Inspired by his work, Christoffer has been commissioned by companies like

  • Adobe,
  • Nikon,
  • Oxford University Press, and
  • The Finnish Forest Industry.

When Christoffer was asked about his project “Jarred and Displaced,” he says,

“For over a year now I’ve been collecting landscapes in jars using analog double exposures—in this project I have realized a childish dream. I play with the idea of being an ambitious collector; conserving my environments into a large personal collection.

Most landscapes are from where I grew up, on the countryside in the south of Finland, where my roots still lie. Separation anxiety to my childhood is simply what absorbed me into this project.

With analog multiple exposures I’m able to manipulate my photographs in-camera—this project was not created or manipulated in an external software such as Photoshop.

All double exposures are shot on medium format film that I develop and scan myself. I print pigment prints on museum quality paper, these are available in limited editions.”

If you are inspired by Christoffer's project and would like to see more of his works, you can follow the links below

Christoffer says,
“Jarred & Displaced is an ongoing project, this is my first installment.”

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Great Grandmother's House – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Hogholmen – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Childhood Home – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Corner – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Kiskonjoki – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Ladder – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Nature – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Path – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Wood Anemones – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Wood Anemones II – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Wood Anemones III – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Koski – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Koski – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Lone Tree – Image by Christoffer Relander

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Jarred Old Tjikko – Image by Christoffer Relander

Christoffer has also shared with us the behind the scenes video, that will give the audience an overview of how the project is done.

 

Further Resources To Follow Christoffer's Work

Further Learning

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About the author

Dahlia Ambrose

Dahlia is one of the staff writers at Light Stalking and besides writing, she also responds to customer queries, schedules social media posts and helps with product development. She has been around seven years since she took up photography seriously and her main interests are travel photography and photographing the night sky. Some of her works can be seen on 500px and Instagram. She has a postgraduate research degree in Physics, a certificate in teaching, and a diploma in business administration and customer service. Her work experiences are varied from lecturing in science and engineering at colleges in India to working in various roles for retailers  and the local authority in the UK. She is now pursuing her passion for travel and photography where she spends a couple of months on each country she visits.

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