Short interview with the photographer behind Remembrance
Norwegian photographer digest the loss of someone close through creative expression.
As a way to work through the grief that comes with a lost one, photographer Rebecca Ravneberg decided to unleash her unfulfilled creative potential. In the process she created her first photobook, Remembrance. Now she hope to inspire others to do the same.
– In a way you could say my mums death was the birth of myself as an artist, she says.
When Rebecca Ravnebergs mum passed away six years ago, it came natural to her to make the forest where she grew up my her church, her cathedral. A place where she could reconnect, grief and find stillness. And through this stillness, Remembrance was born. A quiet and subtle photographic series where she have captured her cathedral, as a way to allow herself a genuine goodbye. A genuine goodbye to her mum, but also a genuine goodbye to whatever has kept her from truly living. Expectations, norms, even ambitions – the stillness of the forest proved them all unessential to a rich life.
– During this process I realised that suffering and sadness in relation to death has everything to do with the story we tell ourselves. We do not suffer because we have pain – We suffer because something is wrong with our story. We suffer when we fight with reality. We suffer when we do not love what is, the photographer says.
During the creation of Remembrance she often asked herself; How would I relate to death if I came from another culture, if I belonged to another religion, or what if I was born in a different age? Would I still suffer by the loss of someone close? Or would I crazy as it sounds celebrate? What is the conditioning of our society, and what is true to me?
– If there is one thing I have learned by 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. The vision behind this book it's all about inspiring other people to digest the loss of someone by unleashing their unfulfilled creative potential. Whether it is writing, dancing, music – we are all creative beings.
With Remembrance I follow my heart and hope to inspire others to do the same.
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