A Portrait of the Nation (after Eidsvold 1814), 2014, 213x300 cm. The photograph was taken with an analogue large format camera with perspective correction. An extreme wide angle lens was sent from Germany. The curtain arrangement in the background is based on Oscar Wergeland's first sketch for Eidsvold 1814, dated 1882.
Because of the ongoing restoration works, access to the assembly room was limited. Joakim Hoen of Hoen Arkitektur made a digital model to find the lens height and distance from the walls, and to simulate evening sun on the 11th of May.
Rigging the day before the shoot. The podium had to be extended by a considerable amount to reach the perspective of the painting. Storyline delivered 17 kilowatts for the shoot. Foto: Istvan Virag
The shoot took place Sunday 2nd February 2014. Photographer: André Severin Johansen. Photo: Istvan Virag.
Several montages were made to find the right strategy for how to mediate between the space of the painting and the real space.
Analysis of the horizon line to find the horizon of the painting. The analysis showed that the floor and the ceiling in the painting are not perspectivally coherent.
A Portrait of the Nation (the Assembly Room), 2014, 150x210 cm. The photograph is part of the art project A Portrait of the Nation by Trond Hugo Haugen. Photographer: André Severin Johansen.
The participants were selected based on demographic data from Statistics Norway. Five million inhabitants of this country were scaled down to 112 representatives. In the painting, one person is sitting on a chair, this was replaced by a wheelchair. Artist Trond Hugo Haugen directed the shoot. Photo: Istvan Virag
A markup showing how the lights should be set. The retouching was done by Martin Tosterud at Postproduksjon.