Wilma Hurskainen Growth

Autumn

Autumn, 2004

Birthday_Cake

Birthday Cake, 2005

Castle_Olavinlinna

Castle Olavinlinna, 2005

Control_Room

Control Room, 2005

Drottningholm

Drottningholm, 2005

Easter

Easter, 2004

Family_Portrait

Family Portrait, 2005

Gnomes

Gnomes, 2006

Going_to_School

Going to School, 2005

Grandad

Grandad, 2004

Havis_Amanda

Havis Amanda, 2005

In_the_Bathtub

In the Bathtub, 2004

In_the_Cabin

In the Cabin, 2005

Kuopio_Market_Square

Kuopio Market Square, 2005

On_the_Deck_with _Mom

On the Deck with Mom, 2005

On_the_Deck

On the Deck, 2004

On_the_Yard

On the Yard, 2005

Pencil_Sweaters

Pencil Sweaters, 2004

Puijo_Tower

Puijo Tower, 2005

Runeberg_Statue

Runeberg Statue, 2005

Skansen

Skansen, 2004

Skiing

Skiing, 2006

Stone_Wall

Stone Wall, 2005

The_Royal_Palace

The Royal Palace, 2005

 

Growth is a project in which I reconstructed and re-photographed pictures that my dad took of me and my three little sisters when we were children. I tried to make the new photograph look as similar as possible to the old one: the place and the composition are the same, and so are our positions and facial expressions. The series consists of about 30 pictures. I have always been very attracted by the photograph´s ability to cross time and create this kind of comparisons. It is said that time has been accepted as a common means of measuring life because people are not able nor willing to see the change in themselves. In the pictures it seems as if we were trying to go back to our childhood by accepting the same position towards each other and the photographer´s/spectator´s gaze but we unavoidably fail. We have to fail – there is no return in time. In the parallels time takes a strange form – it feels as if there was a dialogue between the past and the present moment, like there is in our minds as concerns our own memories. A memory is never static, permanent, but changes as we change. By repeating a distant moment something weird is revealed about us as objects of the photograph in the first pictures: the way we play our artificial roles for the photograph. We might not be more than 5 years old, but we already know exactly how to be in/for a photograph.

 

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