This Photographer Gives You a Glimpse of Earth’s Extremities

Taken on Spitsbergen, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Reuben Wu’s images detail the breathtaking appearance of our planet’s extremities. His photograph series Love Is Metaphysical Gravity is a visual feast of soft pink and blue colour tones, artic landscapes, dreamy auroras and the incomprehensible beauty of the unpolluted night’s sky.

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Reuben is not just known for his photography, he is also a well-respected for his input into the music world and the filmmaking world. See our previous feature of Reuben Wu’s dreamy landscapes.

While Love Is Metaphysical Gravity in part serves as a documentary of the remote islands and the radomes of the Svalbard Satellite Station, what it is perhaps most sensitive to is this: It may be one of the most uninhabited places on Earth, but Spitsbergen is no stranger to communication.

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We got talking to the compound creative in a more familiar location.

THE PLUS: How long do you spend in the editing process?
Reuben Wu:
It always varies according to the nature of the shoot. Sometimes it’s very technically involved, and other times I allow substantial time away from the images so that I see them with a fresh eye.


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TP: You demonstrated your mastery for the dreamy feel the last time we met. How do you feel your overall approach has changed since then?
RW:
I think he vision is the same. Perhaps the technical knowledge to realise it has evolved as I practise more.

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TP: Are you a stargazer?
RW:
Yeah, I’ve seen some incredible night skies in my time.

TP: Which image from the selection is the most important to you?
RW:
Probably this one. I loved the composition of spheres visualised through the mist of the sunset.

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TP: What was the highlight of this trip for you?
RW:
The incredible quality of light at the KSAT station (which is at the top of a plateau). The angle of the sun was very low for the entire day, so it was like a perpetual sunset.


TP: Where will your next visual project take us?
RW:
I just finished a shoot in Death Valley. It’s a video project so it’s taking up all of my time at the moment.

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