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After moving far away from his childhood home, thoughts and anxiety inspired by impending fatherhood led artist Christoffer Relander back to the haunting beauty of the landscapes in which he grew up. Capturing the countryside and natural environment was a way to remind himself of the tranquility of what he’d left behind and to keep thoughts of home closer to him and his new family. While we’ve all looked back on the past and willed ourselves back, few – if any – have probably taken the same steps as Relander did to bring it back.

Having begun photographing the landscapes of rural Finland from which he came, his use of double exposure photography on medium format film allowed him to play with his images, which led him to jarring them for posterity. Without using any form of digital manipulation, Relander has found an emotive way to keep his memories close.

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