Eirik Johnson photography.

Eirik Johnson is an American photographer mainly known for his pictures of remote and abandoned places. Currently Johnson lives in Boston. Johnson is one of those photographers who see beauty in ordinary things. The compositions of his images are simple and beautiful at the same time. Thus his series Borderlands depicts landscapes on the border of contemporary environment. He tries to depict the border lying between public and private, wild and domesticated. “It is in these non-spaces that temporary relationships occur as forces of nature – flooding, brush fires, tidal change – come into contact with the physical presence of the urban environment. The photographs portray in detail the quietly unfolding dramas and uneasy beauty of these encounters”, says Johnson himself. Those photos are simple and familiar to all of us. Johnson tries to show our presence and inevitable detach from landscapes.

The Barrow Cabins series portrays several hunting cabins executed by locals of Barrow, Alaska. Those cabins are seasonal and usually used when Inupiat families hunt for waterfowl and seals in the summer and in the winter accordingly. “I have photographed the cabins in the midnight and early morning hours of the Arctic summer when the sun hangs almost perpetually at the horizon. The hunters are gone, their cabins and the hunting grounds empty”.

His interest in urban spaces revealed in the series West Oakland Walk. West Oakland places are wealth of history and culture. The situation has changed when “freeways were built and factories moved in, the neighborhood became cut off from the rest of city and left isolated and marginalized by many”. Anyway Johnson was inspired by West Oakland neighborhoods. And once again he manages to find beauty in unusual and unpredictable environment and things. In the case those neighborhoods are isolated. Nevertheless for Johnson many of those places are full of beauty and hope.


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