I am a storyteller, using both photographs and words. My work focusses on our ambivalent relationship with (wild) nature; always balancing fact and fiction, and the universal and the private. I am very much drawn to a life outside society but at the same time loneliness is the thing that most frightens me. I work slowly and use my time to delve into my subjects, read and write about them, and their theoretical ‘entourage’ – their specific past, the way time manifests itself in their off-grid realities, or what it actually feels like to live that other life. I thoroughly edit my photographs into multi-layered stories. The projects usually end up becoming photo books. The book is a medium that recalls a form of quiet intimacy that I find should be a part of the work. I am currently working on my third publication Doug’s Cabin, on a man tangled up in history. He lives on a camp site in the desolate rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada. Everything he owns reminds him of the glorious past, and even while he is growing old and the forest is becoming less populated and more dense, he clings to his life on the far-flung edge of the world. The book will be published by The Eriskay Connection in the Spring of 2019. Also, I am working on a project about my cousin, who is a shepherd and lives in a bus.
All images ©Karianne Bueno