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End of Year Recap

December, 2014 

Hello dear friend,

I hope you made it through the Christmas frenzy alive. I'd love to take this opportunity to give you a quick update on what's been going on around here since my last email.

It's been a great and busy year for me. Lots of teaching, freelancing and luckily time to do some personal work as well. Plus a long paternity leave, which brought our little family on a two months trip to the US. Crazy times.

I've done a lot of tintypes this year, including a highly experimental vinyl cover and a bunch of portraits from the folk music festival in Tønder. I've even had a chance to show some of these in a gallery.

I've also been plugging away with my large format work, mostly on the Shit Island series and on The Common. 

Finally, I've done a bunch of new work with a focus on our fascination with animals. There's a lot of editing to do before I can share more of this.

Below is a short, visual recap. Thanks for looking and have a great holiday. I hope to see or talk to you in the new year.
Above: A triple exposure cover i did for my good friends in the Danish band The White Album.
Below: A few examples of plates I did during the Tønder Festival.
Below is a recent image from The Common - a series of images from a former military training ground near the center of Copenhagen. I have been working on this for years, but the urgency of this work just picked up a notch as the city of Copenhagen just agreed to a rather large development project (link in Danish) on the common.
Finally, just a quick peek at some of my most recent work. It's too early to share most of this, but I've been doing a bunch of pictures on our collective fascination with wild animals and the 'wilderness'. I'm utterly fascinated with our obsession with animals and excotic spicies (think Animal Planet and childrens toys) and the sad state that the world is actually in.

All of this is loosely based on the wonderful book "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America" by Jon Mooallem. Here's a great episode of the podcast 99% Invisible, where the author is reading part of this story, if you're interested.

Hopefully I'll be able to share more of this in the year to come.

That's it, really. I hope you had a great Christmas and get a chance to enjoy the holiday. 


- Emil Ryge
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