In 2019, photographer, Anders Hviid-Haglund, has been invited to capture the poetry of Royal Copenhagen’s trademark waves along the coasts of Denmark. Anders Hviid-Haglund will capture 52 photographs during the entirety of 2019, one per week. As a personal narrative, the project is a prolonged immersion into the poetry of the Danish waters as the seasons come and go along the shores.
The Danish photographer grew up in a
suburb outside Copenhagen, and from an early age his father let him borrow his Minolta reflex camera.
Since then, he developed a passion for photography. As Anders says, modern photography is rather banal, but it is a great challenge to create photographs that are poetic and seductive.
Anders Hviid-Haglund has collaborated with Royal Copenhagen on various projects for more than 10 years.
Throughout the year, Anders Hviid-Haglund will travel the coastlines of Denmark, following the path of the three waves along the shores to the cardinal points of the Sound, the Great Belt, and the Little Belt.
In a time where we are all short of contemplations, the Waves of Blue project is a chance to immerse myself in something of depth and lasting value. To discover the beauty that exists all around us, but which we never take time to really see. A venture into the calmness of the waves of blue.
The photographs in the Waves of Blue project are captured through an analogue large format camera. Beyond the aesthetic value brought to the motif by this type of camera, Anders has chosen it to purposefully complicate the process, as the camera is heavy and complex to put together – a trip up that forces the photographer to slow down, find his motif and be certain of it before the photograph is captured.
The sheet negative embodies a wide range of tones and it brings a certain materiality that you cannot find in a digital depiction – it is a natural part of a long-winded process.
Anders carries the exposure meter around his neck, using its information to make the correct settings on his camera. It is an important tool; a sort of verification of the photographer’s senses that gives off exact information about how much light is available to work with.
To make sure the motif comes across as the photographer wants, a test shot is taken that can be developed on the spot. This gives Anders the opportunity to evaluate the composition of the photograph and if the chosen angle brings out what is desired in the motif.