Moving from a small town in Norway to San Francisco to attend art school was a massive cultural change. And thatâs being modestâ¦
I soaked it all up searching forÂ my identity and spirituality and found true resonance in the âSymbolism and Mythologyâ class. Joseph Campbell quickly became a favorite as he made initial sense of the stories told through religion and mythology.
That he had advised George Lucas in shaping the journey of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sure helped and âThe Hero with a thousand facesâ became THE bookâ¦
Today, as I continueÂ my effort in craftingÂ images that reflect my own story, I always refer to the Heroâs Journey. I find it to be the most powerful tool there is in shaping stories around my own life events that I want to describe and share through my photography.
Mythology tells the human story in such an engaging manner, and Joseph Campbell has offered a key to help understand their metaphors. His writings areÂ my continuous support as I try to become a better photographer, depicting my own story…
This image of the car crashing into the river is from 1 of 4 shoots I just did based on recent life events of mine.
I could depict these in a literal manner, or look to the journey of all transformation and their cycles to help translate emotion into visual stories; Â Stories truly connected to me but photographed with models and in some metaphorical inÂ describing the emotional contextâ¦
To make it all happen the image was photographedÂ in 2 locations and then blended together in post.