MOGENS ULDERUP (Copenhagen, Denmark)
My name is Mogens Ulderup. I am a fine art photographer from Copenhagen, Denmark. I was first educated as an architect from the Royal danish academy of fine arts (2002) and have been working with photography since the age of 12 (1980). I use photography as a way to filter the world around me and I’m also happy to bring my views on photography on to younger folks at preparation schools in Denmark. I am planning a book project on my work Closer Still which deals with architecture and people.
My photographic work is about the exploration of spaces: Flowing between public and private and between the intimate, volatile and large, static spaces. The spaces between people and between the lens and the subject – and also the space between the lens and me, the photographer. When I go out into the urban world of strangers, I sometimes use photography to generate contexts or create encounters, heightening the ambiguity that characterizes the modern city. It is also a quest to bring a new narrative and perspective to architectural photography, our movements projected upon the anonymous cities of the 20th century and the icons of modernism. More so than in traditional portraits my subjects’ intentions are either concealed or unknown to the viewer – my subjects become archetypal.
Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
Using 120 black&white film I am holding on to a medium that fits perfectly with my way of working. I use a 6×6 camera with a finder that makes me look down while still having contact with the people in the scene – I am not blocking my eye with a camera. The analogue medium is capable of creating a space and a texture that I haven’t found in digital media. The proces of bringing home an actual, physical material, developing it and getting to learn the result is central in my relation to photography – to capture and bring home a trophy or a membrane of time gone by.