ODDVAR PAULSEN (1954)
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
I always had a true passion for photography, and in the early 70s I started capturing moments with my very first Ricoh Mirror camera using Ilford, Kodak and Agfa.
My main focus was creative black and white photography, basic camera and darkroom techniques, and color slide film.
When, Olympus introduced OM2 in 1977, I continued developing
my photography interests and skills. As a graphic designer,
the principles of design and composition became a part of my
everyday life. Fortunately I was able to combine my work
and my passion.
Since the 1998 and until today, I have had the privilege of working
for the NGO, Stromme Foundation.
Meeting people all over the world and their cultures did change my understanding
of silence, peace and communication, and I believe it reflects in my photos.
In 2010 I entered CGAP`s photo contest (www.cgap.org) (1000 partic. from 40 countries) and got a final photo among the 30 best.
The same happened in 2013 with 4000 partic./90 countries.
I`ve had the pleasure of attending five Photo Workshops, 2010, 2011 (Rome) and 3 x 2013
in Vågå, Norway (I+II+III), conducted by the Norwegian photographer Morten Krogvold.
The exhibition "And One Behind" was shown in the Fotohuset Gallery
in Kristiansand, Norway September & October 2012.
In 2014 from 1. April until 10. May the exhibition "Tracks of Lines"
was shown in Rachmaninov Garden Photo Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In June 2014, The exhibition "60|60" was shown in
Christiansholm Festning, Kristiansand, Norway.
A selection of photos was shown as a part of The International
Triennale of Graphic Arts in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, June 2014
Photo illustrated the book "Underveis" by Elisabeth Knutsen November 2014
Summer exhibition in Farsund, Norway, from 9. to 11. of July 2015.
And now, my own gallery and place to show my artwork.
I`m grateful for these oportunities, and the response inspires me
to continue my journey!
What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Imagination is having the vision to see what is just below the surface; to picture that which is essential, but invisible to the eye.
© ALL IMAGES ODDVAR PAULSEN \\ KRISTIANSAND \\ NORWAY