Halsnoy Trilogy

Invented forests

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.


I photograph the forest in order to reinvent it a posteriori through drawing.

Without the sea, my gaze sets upon the tumultuous forest whose infinite contours I draw. A few charcoal lines made in the body of the photograph gives the appearance of a drawing. I only intervene on the edges, the photo remains the heart of the work. I play with the confusion of the two mediums. Drawing takes the viewer outside the photographic notions and into a denser, more chaotic, blacker forest which breaks out to find release in the white spread of the paper.

I like the idea of inventing ways to surprise reality in photography, then letting it grow into yet another reality through drawing; building pathways to invented forests.

Dana Cojbuc