If you look through suspension pictures online, you will see the same shots repeated over and over: blood, close up of hooks, blood, stretched skin, blood… you get the idea. But occasionally you are lucky enough to come across a great photographer who is out for more than just shock value. Helene Fjell is definitely one of those exceptions. Her photography manages to show the beauty in suspension without giving up the powerful imagery of hooks and flesh.
Helene is a freelance photographer who began photographing her brother Håvve Fjell of Pain Solution and Wings of Desire early on in his career, and through that work both suspension and sideshow became a large part of her photography. Helene told me that although she hasn’t suspended. (yet…) However, she has an enormous amount of respect for every suspendee she photographs, and tries to capture the wonder and beauty that she sees. I would say her work clearly speaks for itself on that. She goes far beyond just showing us a pretty picture. In her photography you can feel everything that is caught in that moment; the anticipation, the tight pull of the skin, the rush of excitement, and the calm that follows.
With nearly 10 years of photographing the Oslo Suscon, not to mention the numerous individuals and groups she has worked with, I am sure it was difficult to narrow it down to these few pictures for the article. But no worries, if you want to check out more of her wonderful photographs you can visit her blog Fakirs & Sideshow or her website.
I am sure this won’t be the last time we see Helene featured on Hook Life. She and artist Kristoffer Evang have a project scheduled for September/October 2011 based on her photography. Along with that, she and Havve have their second book scheduled to be out in 2012, and I for one can’t wait to find out more about it. With their combined talents, I am sure it will be amazing. Until then you can pass the time enjoying their first book “10 Years of Pain” which was released back in 2003.
Thank you Helene for the beautiful images and for all of your hard work.