Being / OLIO
I was sitting on a buss, watching the scenery go by, when
suddenly a strange building flashed before my eyes. The
next time I passed the same place, I was ready to take a
better look at the object. The bubble-shaped building was
still there but somehow altered. I gradually got into the
habit of seeing how the "bubble" was doing. It really has
a life of its own. I began to see meanings in the changing
light and surfaces. One day it lay flat on the ground. This
made me extremely aware of the limits of our time. Also,
about the necessity of photographing something when it still
is because the next moment it might be gone. It has been
interesting, even amusing to follow how the thing takes
It is now over ten years since our first encounter. The
sheer visual pleasure and strange symbolism of the object
eventually led me to pull my car over and start shooting
pictures of it. The snow was particularly intriguing; the
changes take place in seconds. The light itself is stunning,
and the constant state of change around us is fascinating.
The working process itself raises even questions about our
ways of seeing. When we are looking at something, do we
really see -or is it just a small part of reality we can
adapt at a time. Photography makes all these changes visible
- our visual memory is limited.
The series is done between years 1999-2007, including so
far two videoworks.
OLIO / Being photography book will be published in spring 2008.
Text: Harri Laakso, "just one image".
Graphic design: Erkki Tuomi.