JOAKIM BLOMQUIST

Invasion
Exhibition

Invasion. You may think about a takeover of a land by an enemy, or hundreds of ants around the juice you spilled out. Invasion means too much of something, in a place where all this should not be.

In other words, it can be about places on earth that we as humans take over, originally untouched places where we leave our tracks. Temporary or permanent. Traces that eventually disappear, or destroy the aesthetics and not least the environment. Human tracks in nature are often linked to commercialism, industrialism and tourism. How far are we prepared to go to let our dreams come true?

The invasion of the pristine can of course have its positive sides. It creates opportunities for us humans to come closer to nature and be art of its beauty, but it´s always on our own terms. The hard to reach places have become easily accessible.


 

 

 

Joakim Blomquist examines our relationship with nature and places we have invaded. His large scale and knife edge sharp photographs seduce us with beauty and grandeur. But at the same time, there are these small details, those we at first glance do not see. Neither in his photographs nor in reality. Small changes in nature where we have put our footprint, for the moment or permanently. Even in the most inaccessible places impossible to reach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His motifs require monumental formats. And he finds them. And frame them in one shot. In order to play with the contrasts between monumental views and small details.

Joakim Blomquist's photographs are a study of human behavior and our intrusion into the untouched nature. At the same time, it´s a picture of our smallness. It´s also a reminder that we should approach nature with respect. And seize the moment here and now, not travel and invade nature to remember.

 

Joakim Blomquist is a Swedish photographer and Art Director based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is fascinated how man interacts with nature and the imprints we leave behind. With the camera as a tool and a subtle sense of humor, he reflects over the human role in nature and public spaces. If you take a closer look you will discover small details and episodes in his often magnificent sceneries.

 

Joakim Blomquist has a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and has studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London.

During his time studying graphic design he started to use his camera in different projects, he became almost possessed and the camera became like an extra part of his body during certain times. In recent years he has developed his photographic expression to where he stands today. His first exhibition “Promenade” in 2012 was a turning point in his career and the start for a series of exhibitions in Sweden and abroad.