Apart from the music industry, investigating places and it´s people and history is also among Audestad´s passions.
Empty rooms and a rusty ferris wheel at an amusement park, a gas mask hanging from a hook, old posters of political boasts and nature taking over parking lots and buildings. It all tells stories of time passing. Of industry, culture and many also the broken hope of a prosperous future for the people who once lived there.
Cars are also among Audestad´s favourite motives, whether he finds new ones parked along his walking routes through Oslo or old ones in a garage or behind a house left to rust and decay.
Symbols of human activity, signs of what is or once was important, seem to be a leading motive in his works. Audestad is mapping his surroundings, and when doing so he transforms simple everyday motives into art. His photos are not merely documentation of reality; they reflect a feeling of uncertainty and ambiguousness and make us ask what we actually see.
Many of the photos our gallery has on display are taken by Polaroid camera on field trips. Being exposed to moist, debris, wind or sun, the result is a picture surface that reflects both the motive and the situation in which it’s taken.