Erik Brede

What happens when an eleven-year-old boy sneaks for the first time into the darkroom of film development? He falls severely under the spell of this great magical world and since then his fate has been sealed with pictures of creativity.
I am a Norwegian photographer and digital artist with over 30 years of experience. I grew up in Lofoten, in the northern part of Norway, which is a typical “postcard landscape” where artists were interested in nature and light. My father introduced me to photography and film development at a young age, and since then I have been interested in the creative possibilities of photo manipulation and photography in contrast to the classic nature photography that was so common in my hometown.
For all these years I have been a searching artist who has experimented with different styles and photographic techniques. I find inspiration in everything from landscape, architecture and portraits, to infrared, macro and high-speed photography. In my later work, I include elements from several of these styles, which has resulted in my collection which I call “Abstract Portrait Collection”.
As the technology nerd I am, I build systems to help me photograph complex elements. This is a trigger system for taking pictures based on sound, motion (ultrasonic, laser gate and infrared gate) and a special rig for capturing droplet collisions with extremely high precision. Besides, I often use a self-built macro rail to steer the focus down to the micro-level. The results of these experiments can be seen as artwork or that I use parts of elements in my abstract and surrealistic portraits. These portraits have a background in my childhood memories with comic books and cartoons mixed with the modern beauty ideals we are flooded within today’s society. They are the result of my mood, the chaotic world we live in, and a counterweight to the art of the old masters who were only concerned with showing superfluity and perfection.

"You don’t take a photograph, you make it" – Ansel Adams

"The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do" - Andy Warhol
Erik Brede (N)

"Welcome to my surreal world"

ArtID Archive Amsterdam November 16 -22 2020