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Rjukan, ancienne cité industrielle située dans l’arrière pays norvégien, est encaissée dans une vallée où la lumière du soleil ne pénètre pas durant la moitié de l’année, l'astre ne montant pas suffisamment haut pour dépasser les sommets des deux montagnes qui enclavent la petite ville. Martin Andersen, a imaginé faire descendre les rayons du soleil jusqu’aux tréfonds de la vallée à l’aide d’un système de miroirs perchés au sommet de la montagne, qui puissent réfracter la lumière solaire au centre du village.

Rjukan, a former industrial city located in the Norwegian hinterland, is situated deep in a valley where daylight does not penetrate for half of the year, the sun does not rise high enough above the peaks of the two mountains which enclose the small town. Martin Andersen imagined  bringing the sun's rays down to the depths of the valley using a system of mirrors perched at the top of the mountain, which refracts the sunlight to the center of the town.

Depuis, lorsque le ciel est dégagé, l’installation renvoie ses rayons au cœur de la ville . La tache lumineuse dégage une impressionnante force d’attraction, malgré la rigidité initiale, les usagers ont fini par s’habituer au phénomène et l’attirance demeure, des automatismes se sont créés.

Since then, when the sky is clear, the installation sends its rays of light into the heart of the city. The spot of light emits an impressive force of attraction and despite an initial resistance, users finally became accustomed to the phenomenon and the attraction continues, new habits are created.


Cet espace bien défini devient un espace public au sens fort du terme où les individus prennent place librement. Les personnages deviennent des apparitions fantomatiques comme extradés des ténèbres, l'environnement industriel et urbain de la vallée restant lui plongé dans la grisaille, décor de fond qui contraste avec cette tranche de lumière.

This well defined space becomes a public space in the strongest sense of the term where individuals use the space freely. Characters become ghostly apparitions as if extradited from the shadows. The industrial and urban environment of the valley remains immersed in gray, a backdrop that contrasts with this slice of light.

 Sous forme d’enquête documentaire, ce projet est le portrait d’un lieu à la géographie et à l’histoire spécifique. Les images prélevées esquissent une poésie et une histoire contrastée. Ces photographies résultent d’une observation patiente, d’un regard sur ce qui est à l'oeuvre dans ces territoires dont le fatalisme nous échappe, tout comme la mémoire de ses changements. 


Using the format of a documentary  investigation , this project is the portrait of a place with a unique geography and history. The images sketch a poetry and a story of contrasts. These photographs are the result of patient observation, a look at what is at work in these territories whose fatalism escapes us, just like the memory of its changes.



Un rêve vieux d'un siècle Lorsqu'il s'est lancé dans cette aventure, Martin ne se doutait pas qu'il ressusciterait un rêve vieux d'un siècle. Le miroir représente un élément central dans l'histoire de Rjukan, petite ville industrielle née en 1907 de la volonté d'un homme, Sam Eyde, bien décidé à tirer profit de l'énorme chute d'eau de la vallée. En bon patron paternaliste, Sam Eyde a voulu mettre ses ouvriers au soleil. Relayée par la presse de l'époque, l'idée du miroir a vu le jour en 1913. Faute de solution technique, le fondateur de Norsk Hydro a opté pour un téléphérique qui, aujourd'hui encore, permet aux habitants de la vallée de monter prendre leur dose de soleil.

A century-old dream When he embarked on this adventure, Martin did not suspect that he would resurrect a century-old dream. The mirror represents a central element in the history of Rjukan, a small industrial town founded in 1907 at the will of one man, Sam Eyde, who decided to take advantage of the enormous waterfall in the valley. As a paternalistic  businessman, Sam Eyde wanted to give this workers a place in the sun. As reported by the press of the time, the idea of ​​the mirror was born in 1913. In the absence of a technical solution, the founder of Norsk Hydro opted for a cable car which, even today, allows the inhabitants of the valley go up in the mountain to get their dose of sunlight.


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L'objectif de 3000 euros 

L'objectif est de couvrir l'ensemble des coûts de production liés à la réalisation du documentaire. Cela comprend, les frais de déplacement, (vol aller/retour, location d’une voiture), les frais d’hébergement et l’achat de pellicules moyen formats. Je maintiens ce budget aussi serré que possible pour pouvoir être sur place durant minimum trois semaines. La somme de 3000 euros est le montant minimum dont j’aurai besoin pour que cela fonctionne. Si nous dépassons le montant fixé cela me permettra de rester plus longtemps sur place et de pouvoir produire un livre.


The goal of 3000 euros 

The goal is to cover all production costs related to the production of the documentary. This includes: travel expenses, (return flight, rental of a car), accommodation costs and the purchase of medium film formats. I'm keeping this budget as tight as possible so I can be there for a minimum of three weeks. The sum of 3000 euros is the minimum amount I will need for this to work. If we exceed the set amount, it will allow me to stay longer and produce a book.

Risks and challenges

Comme pour toute production, ce projet a sa juste part de risques et de défis. Cependant, il y en a de très spécifiques à ce travail photographique étant tributaire du soleil et des mirrors.

-Météo-
La nature à Rjukan est imprévisible? Je fus confronté à des tempêtes de neige assez violente, durant les deux précédents voyages. Séjour d’une semaine, en 2017 et une autre semaine en 2018. Je suis également complètement à la merci de la lumière et du fonctionnement des miroirs,d'où l'importance de rester plusieurs semaines sur place.

Risks and challenges
As with any production, this project has its fair share of risks and challenges. However, there are some very specific to this photographic work as it is dependent on the sun and mirrors.

-weather-
Nature in Rjukan is unpredictable. I was confronted with quite violent snowstorms during the previous stay, one week in 2017 and another week in 2018, I am also completely at the mercy of the light and the functioning of the mirrors. Hence the importance of staying several weeks on site.

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