Dan Holdsworth's awe-striking photographs appear so otherworldly it is almost impossible to believe that such sites could exist. Exploring the farthest reaches of the earth to capture such scenes, Holdsworth uses only traditional photographic methods to achieve the effect of his strange, futuristic landscapes. Reconstructing the notion of the romantic sublime for the 21st century, Holdsworths practice is consumed with investigating the unknown: pushing the peripheries of time, space, and consciousness beyond the limits of ordinary perception.
Shot on location in Iceland, Dan Holdsworth's Untitled (Hyperborea) series unfolds like an elaborate set from a science fiction film. Picturing the landscape at night, the eerie lighting effects are not the result of computer manipulation, but rather the natural occurrence of the Northern Lights bathing the barren, volcanic countryside. Photographed with long exposures, Holdsworths landscapes develop a supernatural glow, making the mountains and rivers appear alien and atomic; the recognisable features of distant buildings, cars, and passing aeroplanes lend a disturbing familiarity to the apocalyptic scenes.