Christoffer Relander was born in Finland December 1986, and lives and works in home town – Ekenäs, Raseborg, Finland. He is an experimental fine art photographer best known for his multiple exposure imagery.
Relander became interested in art at an early age. He started drawing when he was 11 years old and then studied graphic design at Borgå at 18. He served with the Finnish Marines from 2008 and it was during his time that Relander started taking photographs. “I got a few photography assignments, because I was the closest they could get to a photographer. Photography became part of the last six months of my service, and opened my eyes to it.” In late 2009, he left the Marines and bought his first camera, a Nikon D700 SLR. He is a self-taught photographer.
Relander’s series called ‘We Are Nature’ are split into volumes of dreamy, surreal images based on the relationship between man and nature. He achieves his imagery by taking multiple exposures ‘in camera’ using portraiture with ‘texture’ shots, such as images of pine trees, branches and leaves. These photographs mimic the traditional analogue film techniques of double exposures but achieved digitally. “No photoshop has been needed” to create his final prints as very little post-production is done – he only adjusts the contrasts and black and white tones using Lightroom. He makes the whitest white slightly toned as he does not feel that plain white appears natural which is at the core of his We Are Nature series.
Relander scouts for overexposed settings to shoot to mask his subjects from their background. The portraiture images needed to be shot against bright white/light backgrounds as each exposure will only add light on the next one – light areas cannot get darker even if you multiple exposed a dark image on top of the previous one. Using this technique makes his subjects become transparent and anonymous, letting in glimpses of the forest and woodland.
His camera of choice is the Nikon D800E as it produces pin-sharp, high-resolution images, and a range of prime lenses – usually a 50mm f/1.4 and a 85mm f/2.8 tilt-shift lens. The majority of his imagery is in black-and-white but he now seems to be moving to colour.
He is an award winning fine art photographer with work produced for national as well as international clients. His work has been featured in newspapers, magazines and websites such as La Times, Oprah.com, Nikon Pro Magazine, Colossal and DC Photo.