MARJA PIRILÄ
Camera obscura - interior / exterior
18.1.2003 – 9.2.2003

Camera obscura-installation, 2002
C-print
glass, lenses
275 x 150 cm

 MARJA PIRILÄ

The original thought to create these pictures was born of a nocturnal insight: in a room transformed into a camera obscura I could simultaneously, on the same piece of film, capture a person, his/her room and the scenery streaming from the windows. What a comprehensive means to portray the living environment of a human being!

After years of experience of working with pinhole cameras, I began the project with a curious and persevering intent: experiments with several minute exposures, strenuous darkening processes, arrangements and cancellations of appointments, waiting for the right light, framing and focusing attempts in dark spaces. Being dazzled by light. Deep pleasure from the metamorphosis of a room. Wonder about the quivering, enchanting phenomenon.

More often than not, something unexpected happened in camera obscuras. Intentions transmogrified themselves into something new, the space and the situations lured one into unplanned solutions.

In a dark room, during long exposure times, I could only hope that the phenomenon which constantly quivered and took new forms under my very eyes would be captured on film as I had experienced it in the silence of the space.

The photographs began to take form not only as the charting of the living environment of a human being, but also of the landscapes of the mind: reflections of thoughts, dreams, fears and reveries.

Marja Pirilä

Excerpt from the photography book CAMERA OBSCURA inside/outside (Publisher Musta Taide, 2002)

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pirila/Camera_obscura_A

Camera obscura-installation, 2002
C-print
glass, lenses
275 x 150 cm

pirila/Camera_obscura_B

Camera obscura-installation, 2002
C-print
glass, lenses
275 x 150 cm

pirila/Camera_obscura_C

Camera obscura-installation, 2002
C-print
glass, lenses
275 x 150 cm

pirila/Helmi

Camera obscura / Helmi, Tampere, 2002
C-print
105 x 130 cm
edition 7

pirila/Leevi

Camera obscura / Leevi, Tampere, 2002
C-print
70 x 86 cm
edition 7

pirila/Reilika-ja-Reno

Camera obscura / Reilika and Reno, Tampere, 2002
C-print
128 x 160 cm
edition 7

pirila/Tiina-ja-Mika

Camera obscura / Tiina and Mika, Tampere, 2002
C-print
120 x 157 cm
edition 7

pirila/Tiinan-huone

Camera obscura / Tiina's room, Tampere, 2002
C-print
160 x 126 cm
edition 7

pirila/Irisdiptyyki

Camera obscura / Iris, Tampere, 2002
C-print
77 x 190 cm
edition 7

pirila/Marjadiptyyki

Camera obscura / Marja's room, Tampere, 2002
C-print
82 x 177 cm
edition 7

 
 
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