EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON
East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a collaborative series between photographers Gregory Halpern and Ahndraya Parlato, made on the solstices and equinoxes of 2012 and 2013. Named after a Norwegian folk tale, Halpern explains of the concept: “We liked the idea of trying to rely on two continually shifting landmarks as navigational guides, how disorienting that idea is, and how it creates an elusive or impossible place.”
The series was shot in various locations – wherever the two photographers found themselves on those four days of the year. The result is a collection of images equally depicting nature, objects and people. With techniques like long shutter times, overlay and repetition they create dreamy, light-flooded images to convey thoughts about time. What does time look like? Naturally, themes such as birth and death, transition and renewal, lightness and darkness arose and found their way into the images.