For his project “In the Alley,” Norwegian photographer Lars Andersen spent ten years visiting one particular alleyway in the city of Tromsø, Norway. In a country filled with unbelievable natural landscapes, Andersen chose to focus his lens on a seemingly mundane urban location to see what he could create.
The narrow, graffiti-filled passageway is about 100 feet long and connects one street to another. Andersen calls it “obscure, dark and bizarrely beautiful.”
Over the years, the alley has challenged the photographer in seeing and framing photos as people walk through and bring unique stories to a confined location that has remained relatively unchanged.
“I have gone through a process myself. I’ve gone from shyly taking pictures of people from a distance to gradually daring more,” Andersen says. “I’ve explored different techniques… Every day the alley itself is evolving. People are continuously moving through, leaving their imprint. A decade of photographing it has proved just that.”
Image credits: Photographs by Lars Andersen and used with permission