The Trygve Lie Gallery, located on the lower level of the Norwegian Seaman Church in Midtown East, is currently presenting a collection of photographs by Oystein Johnsen. The exhibit, titled A View From My Heart, includes pictures that Johnsen has taken from around his Norwegian homeland, images of models, and captivating stills of water. Animals are also a popular subject of Johnsen’s as one intriguing image called Heifers at Sunset features four cows standing in a row on a pile of snow with two of the cows looking at the camera, and the other two with their heads tilted to the side. Birds are another favorite subject of Johnsen’s and images like Morning Bird depicts a duck sitting in the pond, eyeing the tail of another duck hidingunder the water. The duck’s reflection in the water is quite clear and the trees and plants in the distance are somewhat blurred, contrasting with the crisp focus of the duck and long stalks of grass in the foreground. Other notable sights of Norwegian life include Ice Castle depicting the ground and a group of willow trees completely covered in ice, and Pathway at World’s End that features a guiding light shining on a clear path in the forest. Johnsen’s photographs of nude models are honest, and capture raw emotion such as in Reflection, featuring a nude woman lying on her side with her back turned toward the viewer, and as the title of the photograph indicates, her reflection can be seen from beneath her. The images of ice sculptures are intriguing as well and appear in shapes such as a heart or a human figure.
Johnsen captures the essence of simple, natural beauty at its core with these extraordinary photographs.
At the Trygve Lie Gallery, 317 East 52nd St., through Oct. 28. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 12 p.m.—5 p.m.
Article by Alison Martin
Photographs provided by the gallery and the artist.