Photographers Marco Kesseler, Peter Holliday and Laura Stevens were tasked with exploring and documenting Copenhagen over one long weekend. With the aim to create new bodies of work that stand out from generic travel photography, the creatives were encouraged to avoid icons and landmarks and instead explore the city’s lesser-known sights. In not dictating exact locations to photograph, or themes to explore, the three photographers were granted as much creative freedom as possible. Anya Lawrence, a writer from Studio 1854, shadowed the photographers; accompanying editorial and interviews shed light on the stories behind the final photographs.
The Carlsberg Fault Line | Marco Kesseler
The Carlsberg Fault Line is a concealed tectonic formation that runs across Copenhagen. A stranger to the city, Marco Kesseler used the line as a narrative to discover and photograph the everyday idiosyncrasies that give the capital its charm. There was no casting call or pre-arranged meetings; instead the portraits that feature in The Carlsberg Fault Line show Copenhagen at its most authentic.
Edgelands | Peter Holliday
Edgelands explores the human ideals and aspirations latent within Copenhagen’s
peripheral spaces. Through a combination of portraits and landscapes, shot within the city’s lesser-known spaces, the series presents an alternative portrait of Copenhagen. “A place where ambition can be realised and where the collective vision of humanity reaches a state of cohesion.”
To the Water | Laura Stevens
Intrigued by the ways in which Copenhagen is interlaced with natural beauty, Laura Stevens explored the presence of water in the capital. “It is about how nature affects the mentality of people living in the city,” she says. Interacting with water in Copenhagen is effortless: no matter which way you turn, water is never further than a 15 minute walk away. “In Copenhagen, people are able to disconnect from the stress and busyness of everyday life and find peace and solitude within the environment,” says Stevens. “Being close to water allows for that.”
A competition calling from entries was launched on British Journal of Photography’s website. More than 20,000 photographers, from all over the world, engaged with the competition. The winners were chosen by a panel of industry experts.
Each photographer was provided with a journal to keep while in Copenhagen. Asked to use their journal freely to record their observations of, and experience in, Copenhagen, the photographers were candid in their reflections.