Ole Marius Joergensen’s free time is pretty much nonexistent since the birth of his daughter. But last summer his girlfriend offered him three days off from his fatherly duties to do something for himself. He wanted to take a road trip but didn’t want to waste precious time so he traveled from his hometown just outside Oslo through the Fjords of western Norway. He brought along a friend—and a spacesuit.
“I told him ‘OK, I’m paying for the trip but you have to be the model so whenever I want to stop the car you have to jump into the suit,’ ” Joergensen said. The idea was to play tourist, not only from a personal perspective but also as a humorous nod to the ways in which travelers like to pose in front of landscapes and landmarks.
It was also a pretty big departure from the organized way Jorgensen typically works. Instead of meticulously planned shoots, Joergensen figured he would simply let intuition guide him. The work he created became the cinematic-looking series “Space Travels Through Norway.”
Before working on the series, Joergensen looked toward the United States, specifically the culture of the 1950s and ’60s for inspiration, but the trip left him marveling at Norway’s landscape.
“Now I’m going to look at Norway and see what’s around me instead of trying to create something American, so this was a liberation from that type of thinking.”