Snow Fight, Norway, 2015

“Every spring we spend some weeks (or months) in the mountains, doing cross-country skiing, ice fishing and photography. We have our base in my family’s mountain cabin where we place food for wildlife wandering around in the birch forest surrounding the hut. We often observe mountain hares, red foxes, pine martins and stoats passing by the cabin.

Mountain hares are nocturnal – even in the mating season, most activity happens under cover of darkness. Therefore, I use artificial light to illuminate the hares. Fights occur among the individuals, either for food or for the females, but it is seldom observed. This atmospheric image, of softly falling snow around the fighting hares in a perfect position, is a unique moment I had been longing to capture.”

Location: Vauldalen, Norway
Photograph Date: 2015
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200
Available Sizes: 70cm to 150cm

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About the Photographer

Orsolya Haarberg

"The greatness of landscapes have always been captivating me. Open scenes, where the Earth meets the sky on the horizon, are places where I love to be, searching for topics to photograph.

Not necessarily to represent the characteristic scenes of a landscape in my images, but to find the hidden secrets of a land. To reveal a level of harmony within the chaos. To manage to create images that touch a chord in me, discover subjects that have the potential for associations and interpretations to me and the observer.

As a nature photographer , I am "omnivorous"; from photographing great landscapes and animals, to the tiniest details that remain unnoticed for most of us. I seek to capture attractive combinations of colours, clear and simple compositions, and I like to achieve a graphic effect on my photographs. I do so also when I work with animals. With a few exceptions, it is not the behaviour of a bird or mammal that I want to document, but the lines and colours becoming distinct in the landscape.

Abstract topics also give me great joy and challenge to create something of my own. Doing so, the playful and art-loving part of me awakes, and the results are more personal images without the constraint of representation.

I am happiest by the sea, where I can witness the work of waves as they hit the rocks and wash the beaches rhythmically. Time passes unnoticeably, while searching for the right scene or waiting for the perfect light. Enjoying such moments is one way to life’s flow; when you have your entire focus on the one thing you do, forgetting about all thoughts that may distract you otherwise.

For me, this is the way I do most things. Being lost in the things I do is the best recipe for a happy life."

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