Detachment and alienation from Mother Nature are essential elements that run like a red thread through the pictures above taken by Ståle Prestøy. They also tell a story about the destruction of our surroundings, as well as the paradox between human ignorance and well-being. The photos were taken for Ståle’s personal project he did for the eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» I taught earlier this year. As he wrote in the introduction to the project, Ståle is interested in how human activities and needs influence our natural made surroundings. In the project he wished to tell a visual narrative based and captured around a small stream running through a narrow valley. The stream is squeezed between roads, suburbs and small industry plants. Despite contamination and human trash left along the banks the flowing water still represent some hope in this estranged world that Ståle depicts. This could have been a traditional documentary photo essay, but Ståle decided to use a set of techniques when he explored the subject, and approached the theme using a more personal voice. His images radiate iciness and discomfort, and force the viewer to suffer in the view of what we human beings have done to our close surroundings. Through a limited colour palette with mostly gray, muted and cold colours, Ståle enhances the feeling of detachment and distress. For more photos by Ståle Prestøy, please look up his blog prestoy.org.