The Idea of North.
Photographs by Birthe Piontek.
64 pp., 40 color illustrations, 8½x10½".
Piontek’s project has a dark tenor. She readily admits that she is drawn to the uncanny, and is interested in the project having an underlying tension, a feeling of uneasiness and disturbance. However, it is not intended to be a grim essay on the effects of isolation on the human soul. Instead, Piontek believes the darkness is a powerful aspect of the human condition, one that is well-suited to express intimacy, vulnerability, and a depth of feeling. In describing the series, Piontek says, “ The work is about the North, the Idea we have of the North, but in the end it is about a place we seek most of our lives...”
Piontek...is attempting to capture the essence of a place through the individuals who live there, to leave an impression, to reflect its intricacy, and to discover where the reality of the place brushes up against archetype and expectation.
Read Tom Leininger's review of The Idea of North in photo-eye Magazine.