This photograph appears as if it is still in motion.
Vibrating left and right, the sense of movement within this central character is heightened by the texture created through the artists use of traditional silver gelatin processes.
A rich and layered composition is formed, cultivating a graphic look of overpowering black elements, reduced details and a rough texture of exaggerated film grain.
Born in Helsinki in 1978, Mikael Siirilä approaches photography as a slow-paced and reflective practice, working exclusively with black & white film and the silver gelatin process, treated analogically in the darkroom.
His visual style can be recognised by the pronounced film grain, dominating black elements and image edges as a source of mystery and meaning. The majority of his works observe themes such as absence and presence.
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