Stine Pettersen

The work of Norwegian photographer Stine Pettersen displays a considered focus on the human form. The eye of her camera rests on nubile torsos, capturing the manner in which natural light inhabits the surface of her subjects’ skin. Further, she frames them in unrefined and isolated settings that require that the body is the centre of each composition.

In so doing, Pettersen zeros in on a certain vulnerability that some of her subjects openly display, while others attempt to keep it hidden within themselves. Like the best photographs, her images take on the characteristics of a film still and encourage the viewer to imagine stories and inner lives for her photographic subjects. There is the overt presence of visual beauty, but there is also the whisper of something else.


June 28, 2010