Marja Pirilä – ‘Milavida’

Marja Pirilä‘s series ‘Milavida’ – “rooms which I transformed into camera obscura as if present and past were engaged in constant dialogue.”

Marja Pirilä - Milavida

Marja Pirilä – Milavida


“I began photographing the Milavida mansion in Tampere in 2011. The building, currently known as Näsilinna, had been standing empty for years. As I worked long days in the deserted silence of the house, its spaces began to exude its varied and wild history. In the dim, spacious rooms my eyes slowly became accustomed to seeing the wraithlike reflections born in by the light which came into being as the outside and inside spaces dovetailed into each other.
I repeatedly became aware of a sense of wonder: the blind photographer regained her sight! Eventually I had before my eyes that which I was seeking – I opened the shutter and exposed the photograph. The pictures recorded transitional spaces, doors, thresholds and doorways which reflected my feeling in the face of a change in life and the unknown and my love of light and its capriciousness.”

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