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 Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jeff currently teaches photography at Coastal Carolina University. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.