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RAGNAR B. VARGA

Ragnar B. Varga is a talented Hungarian-born Norwegian fine art photographer best known for his black and white street photographs and minimalist landscapes. He spent several years discovering the world, living in London, Spain and even sailing around the globe as a cruise ship photographer before returning to Norway. The energy and character of all these places have profoundly influenced his art. Describing his work, he says: “My work is a profound contemplation of the world around us. It slows down time and captures a moment of stillness in a chaotic world.” Here we present four of his series.

Ragnar B. Varga is a talented Hungarian-born Norwegian fine art photographer best known for his black and white street photographs and minimalist landscapes. He spent several years discovering the world, living in London, Spain and even sailing around the globe as a cruise ship photographer before returning to Norway. The energy and character of all these places have profoundly influenced his art. Describing his work, he says: “My work is a profound contemplation of the world around us. It slows down time and captures a moment of stillness in a chaotic world.” Here we present four of his series.

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Slightly Grainy Venice

Ragnar keeps returning to this magical place, where he enjoys getting lost among the old dilapidated buildings, discovering new misty alleyways while breathing in the moist air of the Venetian canals. This is where his soul can breathe and the banality of everyday life passes into oblivion. Many of the photographs were taken in the late hours as he is attracted by the dim and mystical atmosphere of night.

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Lost in Spain

This series was conceived during his time in Spain, from 2014 to 2017. It oscillates between light and dark, the real and the fictional. It echoes our own experiences as life is so social and interactive, but at the same time we all have those moments of feeling isolated and alone. Ragnar exploits the interplay between light and shadow to construct a visual space and to introduce images of solitary figures – anonymous and solitary. The subjects often seem all alone as they embark on their own personal journey.

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Quite Town

The photographs in this series capture Altea, a sleepy seaside town in the Costa Blanca area that he called home for three years, in the low season. After 10 years of living in Norway where light and people are scarce, Ragnar’s early images of Spain portray a fascination with his new life, an obsession with the Spanish architecture, the deep blue of the sky and the sea. In his words, “I feasted on Spain’s beauty and wanted to capture the brilliance in my photographs.”

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The South

The South documents the incredible landscapes and towns that Ragnar found in his wanderings across Spain. This country is very seductive and fiercely proud. For him, Spain is an endless source of inspiration.

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