About Hans Strand
Hans Strand, born in 1955 in Marmaverken, Sweden. In 1990, after a nine-year career in mechanical engineering he decided to devote his life to landscape photography. Its a change he never regretted. Hans has always felt himself drawn to the untamed and unmanipulated emotions and expressions that he finds in nature.
He often says: ”The wilderness is the mother of all living things. It is always true and never trivial”. Hans work takes him to diverse places worldwide; from polar deserts to steaming rainforests and expansive deserts. The internationally awarded landscape photography is seldom a portrait of a place, but an expression of forces that create and mold a landscape. Hispictures, frozen in a static frame, still tell a story of movement, time and evolution. Lately his photography has also taken a course away from the untouched and wild nature and focused more on people´s influences on ecosystems. Photographs of water pollution and the visual magic of manmade agricultural landscapes have become an important ingredient in his in recent work.
Hans Strand is frequently published in international photo and art magazines and his work has created a worldwide following. He has won thirteen international awards, including the Hasselblad Master Award in 2008. He has published seven books, often with themes relating to the environment and peoples relations to nature and landscapes.
Manmade Land comprises three series in which landscape photographer Hans Strand for the first time directs his camera towards landscapes which display the result of human interference in nature. At first glance, the result is stunningly beautiful, almost painterly images. However, on closer inspection, we recoil and sadly realize that our earth and its resources are now more manmade than natural. Read More
Ever since man became Homo Sapiens we have manipulated and undulated the world we live in. The big changes came with the development of agriculture some 7000 years ago. The land around the Mediterranean Sea got deforested by man and great erosion problems started as an immediate consequence. The fertile soil was flushed away by rains and left was just bare rock. In Spain there was still soil enough which could be used for farming. The problem here was the lack of water in the dry climate. To use the land in the best way, farmers started to grow the crops during the winter season, this when the precipitation was enough the make the crops grow. They then harvested in the spring before the soil got too dry from the summer heat. In many areas of Spain this way of dryland farming is still practiced. It is a sustainable method, since no irrigation is used. Still the land is more or less completely consumed for farming. Specially in the provinces of Andalusia and Aragon there is almost not a single square meter which is not tamed and undulated by man and used for farming. This has resulted in huge monocultures. The diversity of plants which once grew here is erased and gone forever. From the air this land look both scary and fantastic at the same time. From an artistic point of view it is specially unique. The farm fields have taken on incredible shapes and patterns and you can easily make parallels to expressionistic art. The farmers, of course had no aesthetic intentions when they reshaped the land. The shapes of the fields are just results of the topography and the farming technics.
My love affair with Iceland started in 1995. At that time Iceland had not yet become the fix star for tourism as it has become today and few photographers had been there. I spent 3 weeks driving around the island on bumpy dirt roads and did several hikes into the highlands. The beauty of the landscape blew me away. I realised that 3 weeks of photography was way too short time to do this fantastic country justice. As a result I have now made a total of 30 trips and spent almost a full year photographing the island. I have criss crossed the landscape with 4W-drives and spent 110 hours shooting aerials from planes and helicopters. I have tried to avoid the most popular tourist locations. This to make my own interpretations of a unique landscape. On top of all these planned photography, I was also blessed with the opportunity to photograph the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in May 2010. An experience where the volcanic temperament of Mother Earth showed up right in front of my camera.
Iceland Above & Below
Hans Strand's stunning images of Iceland with a collection of images combining aerial views and studies from the ground and below. A result of almost 20 years of traveling to this fantastic volcanic island in the middle of The Atlantic. 'I have spent around 75 hours photographing from the sky and I have travelled several thousands of kilometres shooting landscapes from ground level'.
Workshops & Events
Hans Strand regularly holds workshops in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and else where. Below you can find upcoming events and workshops. For workshops Hans Strand co-operates with Better Moments.
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