My work involves taking photographs of Oslo’s old garbage tips on the Long Islands, which are now a popular area for recreation and swimming.
The main island is the only one that is accessible by ferry from Oslo where people are allowed to spend the night. Each year, the island fills with temporary ‘villages’, small communities in the form of tent camps, generally pitched by that segment of the general public that lives a more or less alternative lifestyle.
The photo project explores these small societies that take shape ever year on the Long Islands, and I document the sense of solidarity and the ties that are forged between those who live there.
This coming summer will be my fourth trip to the island. If everything works out (that is, if the municipality does not close down the Long Islands like they did last season), you can find me walking along the inlets and skerries, camera in hand, on most sunny summer days. I will be pitching a tent that will be my base, but I am considering a new location. Last year someone moved into my space when I had been gone for a couple of days.
I have chosen this project because I’ve discovered that some fantastic people live on the main island. I have always felt welcome there and it’s easy to come into contact with people. On warm summer evenings, it feels like a real holiday camp, lively and with a lot of laughter in the clusters of tents. I’m also really looking forward to the Sami cultural festival again, with Mikkel Gaup headlining. The last time there was a lasso contest on stationary and moving antlers. I just managed to win a prize then. This year, I am going to practice ahead of time.
See Terje Abusdal’s website here.