Jorma Puranen – ‘Shadows and Reflections’

Jorma Puranen’s series ‘Shadows and Reflections’ – readdressing historical portraits adding new layer to the dialogue between the viewer and the object through using the glare of light from their shiny surface.

“For me the thing is about trying to create some kind of living context to reconsider the lives of these people once being portrayed… Light is something that makes the world visible and photography possible… Photography’s capacity to register reflections is actually its singular gift. What other medium deals so expressively with the play of light and shadow?”

Jorma Puranen - Shadows and Reflections

Jorma Puranen – Shadows and Reflections

 

“If you think of those paintings from the early 17th century, there was no electricity and they were in somebody’s living room, where very often was dark. So, you have to learn to look at the paintings when it’s dim, and when it’s almost no light at all. And they speak, and in another way, differently to you, in darkness. That’s when the paintings and these people become really live and present, and they start to move and talk to you over the centuries.”

 

Jorma Puranen - Shadows and Reflections

Jorma Puranen – Shadows and Reflections