Orsolya Haarberg | photography & handicraft

«The greatness of landscapes has always captivated me. Open scenes, where mountains and the sea meet the sky on the horizon are the places where I love to be, searching for themes to photograph. I look for the unusual in everyday nature. I seek the unconventional detail or the unexpected moment of light that adds atmosphere, drama or magic to a landscape. I try to reveal a level of harmony within the chaos, create images that strike a chord in me and discover subjects that have the potential for connections and interpretations both by me and the observer.» 

Photographer and interior designer Orsolya Haarberg’s love for nature and the Nordic light is expressed in all her creations.

Orsolya is a multiple award-winning photographer. Her accomplishments include numerous international exhibitions and the publication of four stories in the US and international editions of the National Geographic magazine. She is a member of The Photo Society, the world’s leading photojournalists and documentary photographers – a collective of over 200 Nat Geo photographers. Orsolya has published four coffee table books with photographs from Iceland, Lapland and Laponia World Heritage Site in Sweden. In her current project “Fjell” she focuses on Scandinavian mountainscapes.

She is from Hungarian heritage and is a landscape architect by training. She turned her passion for photography into a profession when she moved to Norway in 2005. After a long period of almost solely focusing on her photography whilst travelling, she has recently settled down in Vågå and opened Fjellheimen Galleri in 2020.

Orsolya also designs and creates handcrafted items from raw materials collected locally, which are too available in the gallery. Old wood, reindeer antlers and wool are her favorite materials that she brings into life by crafting functioning pieces which create a unique ambience in the modern home.

Her handcrafted frames are made of naturally aged, sun-burnt wood dismantled from old buildings and barns in Vågå and Jotunheimen. Orsolya carefully observes the shades of colours, the radiance and the texture of the wood used to match each photographic detail to emphasize its connection to the mountains.

In the project “REiN naturally Nordic”, Orsolya immersed herself in creating standout pieces using reindeer antlers – collected in Jotunheimen – as raw material and for aesthetic inspiration. Orsolya’s remarkable skills of observation have been developed and sharpened through decades of nature photography. With a deep understanding and respect for the mountain’s ecosystems, the natural shapes of the antlers are transferred into spectacular interiors that also meet human needs. Orsolya composes interiors based on nature’s own principles as well as recreates the organic forms into a new conceptual unity. In the REiN interior series, the wealth of detail created by nature is combined into unique whole.

Selected exhibitions:

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest | Collective exhibition, National Geographic Hungary | 2023

Ullinsvin, Vågå | REiN – Naturally Nordic | 2023

Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary | Images of light – 2nd National Salon of Photography 2021 | Collective exhibition | 2021

Ullinsvin, Vågå | Laponia – majestic stillness, Iceland – land of contrasts | 2020

Stadtmuseum Schleswig, Tyskland | Visions of the North | 2019

Ájtte, Svenskt fjäll- och samemuseum, Sverige | Laponia – majestic stillness | 2018

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary | naturArt 25 collective exhibition | 2018

Gallery Naturfotografiska, Hallstahammar, Sweden | Laponia – majestic stillness, Iceland – land of contrasts | 2018

Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary | Pictures and Pixels, Photographic Art – and Beyond | 2016

Photo Fair Stockholm, Sweden | Solo exhibition | 2012

Photo Fair Copenhagen, Denmark | Solo exhibition | 2012

Photo Fair Oslo, Norway | Solo exhibition | 2012

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