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By Rebecca Ravneberg
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About

Over the years since you have gone, I have often wondered what I would say to you if I saw you again. I have written you countless letters, yet somehow, they never seemed to quite catch the essence of what needed to be said.

It took time for me to realise that I wouldn’t really want to tell you anything, and I wouldn’t want to waste time asking you why you never told me how ill you were. None of that would matter.

If I saw you again, I would simply lay your head on my chest, wrap my arms around you and hold you tight. Time would stand still. To the sound of our breathing, our hearts would once again merge. I would no longer know where I end and where you begin.

When I reflect back on the memories of the phone call from the hospital and the seemingly endless ten hour bus ride back home, I remember resting my head against the window knowing that I needed to say goodbye. I remember whispering to you as though you could hear; “Visit me in my dreams if I get there too late”. But you didn’t visit me in my dreams that night, and when I arrived you were already gone.

Time has brought so much clarity. I’ve come to see that saying goodbye was never necessary, because even though you are no longer here, it’s as though you have never left my side.

Thank you for every single thing you ever did for me. Thank you for showing me unconditional love, for seeing and believing in me, and for always being there even when I thought you weren’t. Thank you for showing me how fragile and beautiful life is.

I will always carry the memory of you in my heart.

 

 


Description

A lot of my childhood was spent with my parents in the forests surrounding Oslo, Norway. During summer, we used to bike to Steinbruvannet and sunbathe at the piers. During winter we drank hot cocoa and met the neighbours in the ski tracks. Over the years this has been a place where I have collected many good memories, and often returned to.

When my mum died six years ago, it came natural to me to make the same forest my church, my cathedral. A place where I could reconnect, grief and find stillness. And through this stillness, Remembrance was born. A photographic series where I have captured my cathedral, as a way to allow myself a genuine goodbye.

A genuine goodbye to my mum, but also a genuine goodbye to whatever has kept me from truly living. Expectations, norms, even ambitions - the stillness of the forest proved them all unessential to a rich life. And through a subtle way of teaching, the way only nature can, I learned that the only essential thing actually is the stillness, essence itself. Through the stillness of these images in Remembrance I honour this teaching by passing it on to others. If there is one thing I have learned after my mom's passing is that death can teach us to live better. It can help us find a balance between what’s expected of us, our passion, and what we yearn to do.

Thank you for spending some time with my project. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have.

Book details

Text: Letter by Rebecca Ravneberg 
Extent: 64 pages + cover
Size: 16.0 x 23.0 cm, portrait
Offset printing
Swiss binding
Distribution date: May 2018

 

 

Awards / Press so far

  • Fotografi Magazine Portfolio Award: Chosen as this years, one of five up-and-coming photographers to keep your eye on. Featured in the magazine and in their annual Portfolio Award Exhibition.
  • Uncertain States of Scandinavia: Project featured in Issue nr 3 
  • Lensculture: One of the photos from the book was featured in the competition gallery for LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2017. The competition gallery is a highly curated group of images selected by the editors to showcase only the best photos from entrants.


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Lots of love, 

Rebecca, baby Freyja and my husband Magnus (who is behind the camera;)

 

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks associated with this project.
Actually, all the risk has already been taken by Heide Ellestad, Anastasia Fedotova and my husband, Magnus, by running around naked, climbing trees, and jumping into ice cold water;)

The work has all been made, the images are all ready. The risks and challenges when publishing a photobook include the possibility of delay. If this campaign is successful, I will do everything possible to make sure the book is published in March and distributed in early May 2018.

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