MARJA PIRILÄ

Camera obscura / Tytti, Liminka, Finland, 2013

Camera obscura / Melchior, Rouen, France, 2007

Camera obscura / Anu, Tampere, Finland, 2004

Interior/Exterior The camera obscura phenomenon, at once simple and magical, never ceases to fascinate me. I have worked with it intensely ever since 1996. For me camera obscura is a method by which to survey the living environment and mental landscapes, summoning subconscious feelings into the light of day. When the space transforms into a ”dark room” it conjures up the core and magic of photography again and again. That is when I feel most acutely that I am working with light. My idea in embarking on the “Interior/Exterior” project was a nocturnal inspiration: in a room converted into a camera obscura I could capture an image of a person and at the same time that person’s room and the view from the window – what an all-encompassing method by which to photograph a person’s living environment! The originally documentary idea soon expanded in a new direction. The pictures began to form not only a person’s living environment but also to constitute an excursion into the mental landscape: reflections of memories, reveries, fears and dreams.

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