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Nameless Beauty

Finnish photography collective heads out to scale the mountains...

Nameless Beauty
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Distance and scale are given a beautiful and at times absurd treatment by the group. The interest lies in what is in the shadows, obscured by mist, removed from context or hidden beyond the physical boundaries of the frame...

The Nine Nameless Mountains project is the result of a very different kind of road trip, more of an expedition into the wilderness than a pan-continental motoring adventure. Maanantai Collective, a group of young Helsinki photographers, packed its collective bags and headed for Norway’s Lofoten Islands, whose natural beauty is augmented by a climatic anomaly – an unusually warm temperature given the islands’ northerly latitude. There the group set about creating the images that would become this publication from Kehrer Verlag, which is very much off the beaten track in every sense.

Distance and scale are given a beautiful and at times absurd treatment by the group. The interest lies in what is in the shadows, obscured by mist, removed from context or hidden beyond the physical boundaries of the frame. The hard rock formations are juxtaposed with soft elements: the cotton of fibre and of cloud, and the stillness and reflective serenity of undisturbed water. Images from Nine Nameless Mountains are on show at the Finnish Museum of Photography until 1 September, while the 104-page book is available from its publisher now.

Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains, Maanantai Collective

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