In the truly impressive series One Day in Paris, Norwegian photographer Erlend Mikael Saeverud examines the streets of Paris through intense blacks, whites and splashes of color, illustrating dramatic narratives that balance opposing forces like the past and present, dark and light, physical and psychic worlds, truth and fiction.
Set in an ambiguous time zone, we follow the wanderings of his subjects through the light-dappled streets of the city. Each photograph was given a title inspired by the 1949 Joseph Campbell book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, a novel recounting the 17 stages of a hero’s journey towards a moral lesson. Light steers the protagonist from out of the shadows towards an unknown destination, and it’s this metaphor which is so relatable that makes his work so enthralling.
Saeverud, a graduate of Bilder Nordic School of Photography, is known for his brilliant use of light, shadow and depth in his street photography. He is represented by several galleries in Norway and Belgium. He is a participating artist in the exhibition Surreal? at Galerie Dessers, Belgium, from September 22 to October 21, 2018.
Images © Erlund Mikael Saeverud / with permission