We have long admired the Swedish photographer Mårten Lange and his talent for making stunning photographs out of seemingly banal objects. The aesthetics of science, nature and the materiality of things are recurring themes in Lange’s work and in Another Language, his latest publication (launched last week), Lange delves even deeper into his fascination for the natural world. Combining images of flora, fauna and natural phenomena in an intimate and beautifully crafted book, the photographs create a cryptic and heterogeneous index of nature, with recurring shapes, patterns and texture, in which the clarity and simplicity of the individual photographs contrasts with the enigmatic whole. Ultimately, Another Language is somehwhat akin to the workings of a scientist collecting specimens.
Follow the link to see a selection of images from our favorite book of the year, Another Language by Mårten Lange:
Lange´s stark, monochromatic images of both natural and manmade phenomena form a meticulously assembled catalogue of objects whose essential essence remains tantalizingly obscure, despite the undeniable sense that they are, somehow, related.
The photographer´s work has been exhibited all over the world and published in numerous books, zines and magazines. Having previously run his own publishing company called Farewell Books, his work is now being published by the well respected independent publishing house, Mack.