Photographer Robert Bergstrom shares a collection of images layered for a dreamlike effect. Visit his website to see more of his portfolio.
From Viking longships to modern steel and diesel fishing boats, sailors have braved the sea in vessels which seem fragile.
My photos look to express the beauty and vastness of the sea. Maritime images work best if there is a subject and a story. I especially love the rugged character of fishing boats.
There are innumerable opportunities to photograph boats and seascapes in the Pacific Northwest where I live. I enjoy walking along the waterfront at dawn and dusk when I visit the Oregon coast or the Puget Sound.
I have also visited Scandinavia, where boats and sailing are a way of life. Several of the featured images in this collection are from Sweden and the Faroe Islands.
My website name, Northern Mists, is an homage to Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, whose book In Northern Mists chronicles the Norse exploration of the Atlantic and discovery of North America.
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Much of history is hidden in the mists and myths of time.
Humanity has treated the planet in the same way as we treat each other—endless wars and destruction, driven by greed which can never be satisfied. We are in need of deep healing. We are not separate from nature, but are embedded in nature. I hope to show a deeper level of meaning.
During the pandemic I played in Photoshop, working on abstract themes, and learned to add layers of texture, wood grain, and colors. I have layered maps over several maritime images to create a dreamy effect that also adds narrative to the image. I am trying to make images which are timeless, representing many days and outings, not just a single event.
A sailor must always have a map in his mind of where he wants to sail and how to get there. Our minds combine many layers of impressions and feelings to make a memory.
I make my art to show people the profound beauty that can be found in nature and in themselves.
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