Set to the beat of a drum, Copenhagen-based photographer Casper Sejersen takes us on an unsettling visual journey in his debut exhibition.
Alluring Yet Uncomfortable.
Copenhagen-based Danish photographer Casper Sejersen’s work is at once alluring and uncomfortable. One image captures a spindly, yellow drumstick disconcertingly like a finger whilst another depicts glistening, globular pearls. It’s a work where objects of emblematic beauty intersect with those of pain – otherwise muted tones are interrupted by marbled bruising and sharp gashes of blood.
Beauty And Pain.
Sejersen’s body of personal work had its debut exhibition in June at Cob Gallery in London where this dichotomy of beauty and pain were at the fore of “One, Two, Three, Four.” Whether it is Sejersen’s interactions with his mother and grandmother or a view of the sunrise in his place of birth many of the exhibited images drew on early childhood memories. Aural sensations are depicted by the other images. The beat of a drum informs the suggestive and rhythmic title of the body of work.
Drums appear to feature heavily; for example, skin is scratched as thought it has been dashed by a drumstick, or a candle flame quivers to a drum beat. A pint glass teaming with pearls, flowers in bloom, and ash covered foam also show that elsewhere objects and textures are central to the body of work. With subjectivity and emotion at the fore the work draws on the central elements of Romanticism. Yet, there is a unique visual language that Sejersen deploys. This distinctive approach runs throughout the Copenhagen-based photographer’s portfolio which he has developed through working across fashion and art.
Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via British Journal of Photography.