WINTERDEEP

ice diorama photography iceberg swan
arctic fox diorama white whale
frozen sailboat in iceberg diorama
northern lights and white whale iceberg diorama
seafoam iceberg diorama
jade iceberg diorama
jeff friesen winterdeep deer
jeff friesen photography
arctic fox on blue iceberg diorama
artic wolf wolves howling in winter
reindeer white stag
turquoise iceberg pink sky

WINTERDEEP


Light reaches our eyes and shows us what we see, but its journey does not end there. In a pulse of electricity the light travels further to our minds, swishing the fabric of our imagination along the way. What we see in front of ourselves is just a starting point. With our minds we can pick up a landscape and envision its every angle: its future, its past, its stories, and its ghosts.


For cultures living close to the land there is always a spiritual landscape within the visible one. Even modern city-dwellers know the feeling. Who has not seen dark omens in a storm cloud, or sensed freedom in a bird’s flight? In my travels to northern places I’ve always felt a strong mythical presence in the land. There is a dilemma for photography, though. The mythical landscape is not recorded by cameras. But it’s a place I am compelled to explore and to share.


To photograph my vision of the north I borrowed a page from novelists and created a world. Winterdeep is made of painted backdrops, sculpted ice, dye, customized toys, and a few other odds and ends. Digital magic circa 1995 provides visible breath and enhances the northern lights. I invite you to make Winterdeep a landscape for your own thoughts.


“It has always seemed to me, ever since early childhood, that, amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond -- only a glimpse -- but those glimpses have always made life worth while.”


-Lucy Maud Montgomery





Prints from this series are available for purchase. Click on individual images above and you will see a link for complete purchase details.


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