Human Tonic is an exhibition and book project by the Norwegian photographer Hans-Olav Forsang. Some pictures are staged while others are small photographic notes of actual events. The project is currently under development and scheduled for completion in September 2016.
Human Tonic is a collection of images that highlight the relationship between the small everyday episodes and the larger existential questions. The images are not meant to explain anything, but intends to challenge the viewer by arousing emotions, recognition and wonder.
Human Tonic is the photographer's third exhibition project after he some years ago ended his career as a profiled documentary photographer and photo editor in the norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.
- Without loosing the value of the experience from documentary photography, I now have a need to liberate myself from the strict rules the documentary genre uses in its approach. By combining different genres I can more easily express something that is not tied to particular news or events, says Hans-Olav Forsang.
- In my current work the most important quality is the use of a playful, curious and less restrictive approach combined with the use of classic documentary techniques. The exhibition / book might also include a smaller, separate part with a purely historical documentary material to substantiate this reference and experience.