Rune Werner Molnes was born in 1978 in the town of Bergen, Norway. This is also where he has had his photographic base the last couple of years. However, his inspirational muse was found through the encounter with the rugged coastal landscapes of his home Island of Vigra, outside the town of Aalesund. His family have lived in this area for many generations. Growing up here has given him a strong bond to these melancholy, windswept coastal landscapes. This was where his photography started, and he has since then ventured out to explore most of Norway’s far- stretched western coastline, as well as the alpine areas along the sea front.

His photographic quest has brought him to exotic destinations such as the Faroe Islands, Iceland and other parts of the far North. He intends to continue this journey through the Nordics, with future projects including destinations such as Greenland and Svalbard.

Rune has a strong concern for the parts of nature which are still untouched by man. “Untouched nature is becoming a scarce recourse, and it is important for me to communicate the unique features of these places to as many as possible. Hopefully I will be able to make a small difference through my work.”

Apart from photography he has a passionate interest for music, existentialism and philosophy in general, interest which feed back into his photography: “Each landscape has its own melody and I always listen to music when post- processing my images. I usually find some music which suit the mood of the photograph in order to stir my own imagination, most of the time improving the end result.”