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Newsletter Date: 01-03-2012
Reminder submissions Noorderlicht Photofestival 2012
Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2012 / 
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Deadline March 16


The main topic of the Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2012 will be landscape as the illusion of nature. Photographers can submit their work until March 16. Suggestions by curators are also welcome. 

Landscape as the illusion of nature

Mankind arose from the land, and has now definitively left it behind him. The earth has been subdued and cultivated, man has left the countryside for the city. The preservation of our natural environment is but a footnote on the political agenda.

Nevertheless, the desire for contact with nature remains anchored in our genes. The urge to travel toward an unknown horizon is stubborn. Knowing that the realisation of this desire is an illusion, that every horizon lies within our grasp and every experience of the landscape is stage-managed, in no way detracts from this.

The main exhibition of the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2012 examines our ambiguous relation with nature. Where reality proves recalcitrant, the imagination of the artist dissolves the boundaries. The photographer/auteur can appropriate the landscape to share his or her – and at the same time, our – dreams, and permit us to travel in an unreal world for a moment.

Submitting work

Submissions and suggestions by photographers and curators are welcome. Through 16 March these can be sent to the curator Wim Melis, via ftp or by email to pandora@noorderlicht.com.

Guidelines for submissions >>

Photos: Museum Belvedere, main location Noorderlicht Photofestival 2012

POSSIBLE APPROACHES
• meditative nature, a projection of the psyche;
• the orchestrated landscape, interventions in reality;
• digital-imaginary nature, where algorithms open up a non-existent world;
• the leisure landscape, a look at the cultivated experience of nature;
• mythic and nurturing nature, an expression of connections with traditions;
• the sustainable landscape, protection of what still remains;
• the guilty landscape, hidden stories behind the outward beauty.
As these examples indicate, Noorderlicht is looking for photography with a narrative or metaphorical character. In other words: not purely aesthetic photography devoted solely to recording the beauty of the landscape.

For interviews, images and questions, please contact Charissa Caron, publicity@noorderlicht.com, +31 (0)50 318 22 27.

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