Aaron Norberg: Open Field

By  |  November 5, 2012

Aaron Norberg’s project Open Field shows us landscapes in the midst of transition. Whether they are being clear-cut, filled with more earth, or reclaimed by nature, these landscapes are all managed and ultimately shaped by man. 

Norberg uses a process that predates the advent of color film. This process involves the combination of three black and white negatives to produce a color image. This creates an interesting effect whenever there is movement in the landscape—false colors are produced in these areas. The process requires the viewer to see this landscape through a different set of eyes. The landscape becomes static and desaturated, while our sight is drawn to the vibrant colors of the shifting sky and trees.


Aaron Norberg is a landscape photographer working out of the Pacific Northwest. He was born in Burtonsville, Maryland, grew up in Brandon, South Dakota, studied in Savannah, Georgia, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. A student of traditional photography, he finds inspiration working with historic equipment, processes, and techniques. Aaron received his B.F.A. in Photography with a minor in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Visit his website to see more of his work. 

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.