Sens & Sans is a special mentoring program developed and managed by photographer Marie Sjøvold and Hans-Olav Forsang. The Program is based on the idea that a group of 12 photographers working with individual themed projects that end´s up with a joint exhibition and a joint book release. Sens & Sans adds great emphasis on making the participants safe and competent to develop their real potential, its own visual language, their personal ability to tell stories and be able to trust their own judgments and choices.
Each photographer will work individually with their own project, while getting support from mentors and feedback from the other participants. One method that develops and utilizes each participant's abilities in a very efficient manner.
Sens & Sans, my personal project. Now i will tell you a inside story about my experience with the Sens & Sans mentoring program. It all started back in mars 2013 the first meeting with the group, and after that we had several meetings all the way until just before the exhibition opening at DOGA in December 2013. The start-up is often the most difficult part. New people, new places and the question what should I choose as a personal project. I believe a superb thanks to good advices from Marie and Hans Olav would be in proper order for me in this case. My first project idea was body art related in the form of tattoo and humans, but the group would see more of the characters I used in my first photo shoot, so I changed the project and started and to follow these fantasic people for the rest of the period all the way until my deadline for submission of the final images. My personal project was by name baptized Dark Matter.
The Sens & Sans mentoring program gives you a unique opportunity to develop your own project with the strong mentoring assistance from two of Norway´s most highly decorated photo personalities.This, in collabo-ration with the group of other photographers on board makes The Sens & Sans Mentoring Program a strong squared circle that definitely will take you to the next round. I would like to thank all my fellow photographers for a great voyage and for the superb time we have had during the period in sens & Sense # 7.
Thank you : Line Bonnevie, Kirsten Randers-Pehrson, Magdalena Kalina, Robin Bjerkhaug, Harald Opheim, Sveinur Jakupsson, Kim Granli, Bjørnar Øvrebø, Sjur M Lysaker and of course the fantastic mentors Marie Sjøvold and Hans Olav Forsang.
For further questions about Sens & Sans please look into www.sensogsans.no, or contact Hans Olav Forsang or Marie Sjøvold. I must tell this has been a superb and refreshing experience and is definitely worth checking out. Underneath i welcome you to my project slideshow. The given name "Dark Matter" a documentary fairy tale about human relations presented in the classic frame of black & white.