Oslo-based fine art photographer Maren Klemp takes visually haunting and mysterious portraits that delve into the darker side of the human mind. Klemp tells stories through her surreal images drawing inspiration from nature through her daily walks in the woods as well as from movies, music and literature. Using herself and her children as models, she finds self-portraiture a more natural expression of the emotions she wants to convey which she describes as "emotions that people do not pay much attention to during their lives but may recognize and acknowledge by looking at her images." Klemp prefers to work with black and white photography but uses color on occasion based on what feels right. Her process usually involves making preliminary sketches and taking notes of location, technique and post-production to get the results she wants.
My goal is to raise awareness of mental health through my work. I consider my photography to be a plunge into the darker sides of the human mind, and many of my images are visual representations of conditions associated with mental illness. The pictures tell about those who are gripped by darkness, isolation and sadness, and about relationships with close family. They tell about the lack of belonging, to live in a separate world that few or no others can enter or understand. It’s about the fog that comes creeping, which overpowers and paralyzes, the invisible disease.