Christoffer Relander - 'Neonland: Urban Overload'


Christoffer Relander is a Finnish photographer famous for his use of Double Exposure. In his latest series, Neonland: Urban Overload, he blends the urban with the natural in a stunningly dystopian way. He uses two juxtaposing images, superimposed over each other to create this effect. To put it in simple terms, the resulting photograph is a composite of the two original images. He does this all in camera, historically on Medium Format Film but more recently using a digital camera. This takes incredible forethought and pre-visualisation skill to accomplish successfully - and probably years of trial and error!

Here are some of his words on the project:

“In this project, I wanted to leave my comfort zone and intentionally multiple expose the contrasting environments of Scandinavian nature and Hong Kong city. To explore two different environments on different sides of the globe, and blend them into a fictional and surreal world; a man-made “Neonscape”. Only by documenting my journey and presenting it in another time frame would make sense to convey my surrealistic vision.

Before traveling to Hong Kong I wanted to study the commercial content of the neon signs. Afterward, the notion of this idea was troubling to me, as what the signs say about us is scary. The desire to look past the meaning presents a dilemma in itself. This is what we tend to do, we ignore the consequences of our lifestyle and our actions by simply moving our gaze focusing on something else. We present a prettier truth because it is convenient for us.” - Christoffer Relander

Have a look through his images, and let them inspire you and your photography. What can you do with your camera?

Reality can be beautiful, but the surreal often absorbs me. Photography to me is a way to express and stimulate my imagination. Nature is simply the world. With alternative and experimental camera techniques I am able to create artworks that otherwise only would be possible through painting or digital manipulation in an external software.
— Christoffer Relander