I make images.
The analogue part of my work came to a sudden stop, when one day burglars emptied my studio. (My beloved large format camera was later found in a container bound for Libya.) I chose to “go with the flow” and continue my journey with the digital gear I still had, and that is a choice that still makes absolute sense to me today, as it for me is all about what image the viewer sees on the wall. It is not about my process or about certain technical aesthetics.
My goal is most often not to tell a story, but to allow the viewer create one. Or make the viewer wonder what the story is. Because certainty is not a virtue I aim for. Sometimes I will have a fair grasp on “the story”, but probably more often than not, I just have a purely visceral relation to my motive. Like an inverse dream: Instead of being given the image (in a dream), I create the image and give it away.
Some have called my work “dark” or even “disturbing”. I find the world we live in to be dark and disturbing. Maybe not at surface level, but look a little deeper, and fiction will have no match for the darker realities of our world. If my work was all happy and pretty, I would be reinforcing the belief, that everything is just fine, and that job I will gladly leave for others. But if I can inspire an individual to look under the top varnish of our world or perhaps dare to ask questions, they have not asked before, I will have suceeded.
-Lars Daniel, May 2018
I am a visual artist. I create images in my mind, that often will include human presence. Like dreams, my imagery is open to interpretation, but the struggles of the mind and absurdities of modern life are recurring themes. I carefully stage the images and capture them using photography as my medium. I like to make big prints, and I make sure that every little detail shows.