Untraditional traditional photography portraiture by Ulf Lundin
The people that Ulf Lundin portrays in his piece “From Darkness” have been sitting by themselves for half an hour in total darkness. Meanwhile Ulf Lundin, who was in a adjoining room, pulled the trigger without seeing them. So the persons didn’t know when the flash would lighten up their faces.
The light in the portaits are traditionally set, but still they are quite different to traditional photography portraiture. There is a romantic impression that the photographer should capture the true personality of the person in front of him. In the series “From Darkness” it is the opposite. The people rather looks like if they are from a vax cabinette. Or are they even dead? They don’t communicate with the viewer or the photographer (if You could say that there is any?). It is as if they are shut down, parked in stand by-mode. Since there is nobody watching them they have ceased existing socially.