10.28.2019 Jonas Dyhr Rask

Different Breed: Jonas Dyhr Rask x X-Pro3

Jonas Dyhr Rask

Jonas Dyhr Rask (1980) is a General Practitioner of Medicine, G.P. M.D. from the university of Aarhus with a burning passion for the photographic medium.
His photographic career started in 2008 when he got his first Canon DSLR. Since then he has ventured into film photography of various formats, as well as the FUJIFILM X-System. His father being a wedding photographer, he grew up around cameras.
His photographic inspiration comes from the interplay between humans and their surroundings. Drawing directly from his degree in medicine, his type of street photography seeks to isolate the human element and direct focus towards it, using the cityscape as a stark material contrast. He brings this documentary street photography style to his contract photography work, where he functions as a documentary wedding photographer, as well as a childrens portrait photographer.
Using only available natural light, and using a candid approach, he seeks to document true life as it happens on the streets of Denmark without interfering or intervening.
Photographing mostly using high contrast black and white, he seeks to eliminate colors as a distraction to the subject and scenery, trying to bring story and emotion to the viewer.

Aesthetics is contagious

Seeking isolation, seeking simplicity. That has been the driving force behind my photography the past couple of years. I want to reduce the visual clutter. I want to reduce the content within my images until all that reside is pure and crucial to the story within the frame.

This constant search for simplicity has transformed my photography and has pushed it into a much more stringent and graphical direction. The way I see it, is that street photography doesn’t always have to be about documenting your surroundings. For me it has become much more than that. It has become my artistic expression of form, function, light, and human presence.
Street photography to me is no longer just documentary photography. It’s my interpretation of my surroundings. It’s my art.

I think the more I reduce the content in my frames, the more powerful my visual art becomes. It demands attention. It demands focus. It demands that the viewer observe the image and let their imagination run free. The absence of defining content in the frame is what should catch the viewers attention, and let them fill out the canvas with their own imagination. Absence is a powerful presence.

Being based in Denmark, this stringent minimalistic and graphical vision is all around me. As a country, Denmark has an extraordinary architectural cultural heritage, and walking around the city of Aarhus or Copenhagen constantly inspires me to find, and photograph, new angles and representations of these great works of art that the people of Denmark use as a backdrop for their day-to-day existence.
I find it quite interesting to mix the biological human presence with the raw non-organic architecture that is the city. It is quite interesting to me to observe and record what happens within those boundaries.

So, is my photography architectural? is it street photography? Is it fine art? I don’t know, and I honestly don’t care.

Photography is photography IS photography – That is what matters.

The X-Pro3 as a concept, and as a tool, share this minimalist approach towards its own existence with my photography. It has been reduced to pure photography. It has become a tool where superfluous functions are no longer present, and additions are there to serve a very specific purpose.
The X-Pro3 demands your attention, it demands your focus.

The X-Pro3 is designed with a very clear functional and visual aesthetic in mind. An aesthetic so well thought out that when I hold the camera in my hands it gives me the absolute urge to go and create my art.
It stays true to its legacy like no other digital Fujifilm camera before it. The X-Pro3 isn’t trying to be a film camera, it is a modern day digital camera with a classical visual appearance. The added focus on film-simulations and in-camera editing tools is a very clear statement from Fujifilm to even simplify the post-processing needs to a bare minimum.

In essence its functions and aesthetics is contagious.