Halsnoy Trilogy

Invented landscapes

2019 Norway

This photographic project began during a residency in Halsnoy, an island in Norway.

Moving through landscapes lit by a ever changing sky, Nature, itself, catches hold of me in a forest that opens like a window unto the sea. Not a sea that sparkles in the sunlight, but rather one stretching into the fog, smothering the islands like ghosts.

I wander through the day. I contemplate this nature. I breathe it. I cup fleeting emotions.

I choose trees as my protagonists and as my closest companions.

I hover between the breath of the dense, humid forest and the whisper of the waves crashing gently on rocky beaches.


It’s an interactive amalgam of photography and land art.

I photograph seascapes after incorporating branches and tree trunks that I find on the beaches.

Resetting to the vertical tree trunks polished clean by water initiates an new invented reality. In the foreground, fallen trees are positioned within a lonely, silent landscape. These are fleeting images. The water will wash them away.

The images lose their original meanings and provide the raw material for a whole new imagining, a reinvented landscape created by trees that I insert into reality.

Dana Cojbuc