© Birthe Havmøller

Artist Statement

Birthe Havmøller:
I am a visual artist and an independent editor. I have been exploring my visual language and iconography for 25 years. Photography is my favourite media, but I have also been working with other crafts: ceramics, paper cuts, and photo polymer printmaking.

The spiritual philosophy talk about being in the moment, being aligned with one’s Soul, as the sublime moment to aim for. As an artist I am exploring the sublime and the amazing creative moments when I truely see the Nature around me.

© Birthe HavmøllerI have been photographing my inner landscapes for many years, realising that every manifestation is but the starting point of a new journey, a new wish to see what is behind the next hill or perhaps in my case, what is behind the next forehead, as I am a usuallly too lazy to climb hills… but I do love beaches. Beaches are magic inbetween-spaces between the sea and dry land. At low tide the beach is a wide streach of land, at high tide it is narrow or is totally submerged under water. The Moon being the governess of the tide, ruling the movement of the waters, as well as the bodily liquids and my inner H₂O.

I see the landscape as my extended body, an external memory, I can always connect with, or resume contact with. When I work with my camera, I turn Nature into a big ‘Magic Mirror’, in which I look for a reflection of my soul. And I snap photos, when I feel that I have found objects or sites that reflect something hidden deep within me… My greater self is present at all the sites, which I feel myself drawn towards.

When I decided to dedicate my creativ work to photography, I noticed that people kept talking about ‘the light’ being all that photography was about. And I started, as all photographers did in those days, by fusing light and silver in the darkroom, creating classic hand printed fine art photographs. Now I am ‘fusing’ light and carbon, creating digital prints. – Circumstance has changed the photographic materials, which I am using, but I am still aiming at producing sublime b/w images, as anything less that this is not good enough!

This page is an Archive. Go to www.havmoeller.info to read more about my latest art projects.