2019 / Nature
Varhaug old cemetery is situated on Varhaug Farm in the municipality of Haa, Norway. The cemetery dates back to the Middle Ages and is listed as a cultural monument.
I had envisioned a scene with a glowing sun which would illuminate this beautiful ancient church. I planned the shoot for months and waited for the perfect moment to create the scene I had envisioned.
It was a moment of total serenity when the sun became perfectly aligned with the church, creating a surreal illuminating backlit effect and painting the holy site in golden sunlight.
Torleif Lie is an award winning fine art photographer based in Stavanger, Norway. His work captures not only the beauty of the natural world, but also the essence of a particular place. On the surface of his images the viewer can perhaps see an environmental message, or a celebration of the beauty of the natural world, but in the depth of his photographs one can sense a homage to the cultures that have inhabited these extraordinary locations for millenniums, the true essence of what is in front of us with its ancient resilience and beauty.