The Design Observer Group

Posted 06.19.10

Kim Høltermand

We Are All Alone

I focus on "ordinary" architectural buildings and turn them into desolate containers. In my photographs you rarely see people. The mood is lonely and cold, as if the viewer were the last person on earth; my goal to make the viewer concentrate on the image of the building.


Fog is a frequent element in my imagery (it is actually one of my favorite weather elements), which makes the images seem even moodier. I create my work to the tones of Sigur Rós, Hammock, M83, Max Richter, Trentemøller — the list goes on. These musicians often inform my creative process, for instance, while on location on a shoot or at my office on post-production. Other influences include the films Blade Runner, Twin Peaks, The Shinning — this list goes on too.

The feeling of being lonely is something we can all relate to; and being able to control that feeling, to hang on to it — in a world that seems to be shrinking all the time due to the connective power of global media networks — is a powerful thing. Like humans, individual buildings are unique; they stand "alone."