Janne Lehtinen : Sacred Bird
Photography in open space
In his images, Finnish photographer Janne Lehtinen captures the individual and human aspiration of continuously wanting to push one’s boundaries. “Sacred Bird” showcases various flight contraptions designed by the author himself.
The images convey a sense of creative freedom and possess a subtle humour; even so, the photographic sequences may appear strange, occasionally absurd. For all their poetic winsomeness, the contraptions seem anachronistic and fragile and will never fulfil the dream of taking to the skies?
The fanciful setting is further accentuated by its insertion into a vast, sober and realistic environment, namely that of the Nordic landscape, which unequivocally evokes the history of art and the tradition of 18th-century Romantic painting. The scenery thus lends a new dimension to the work. The portrayal of the solitary man facing the isolation and emptiness of a monumental and infinite landscape evokes foremost a sense of despair, before thoughts return to its author, ultimately reinforcing him in his existence and individuality.
It is thus not failure that feeds the cliché of the ill-fated artist (man), but rather his passivity. Unlived dreams fade from memory, while ideas that have been realised are transmitted into images and stories.
Text : A.Meyer, Clervaux - cité de l'image
English translation by Claire Weyland
Janne Lehtinen is a photographer and is part of the Helsinki School. He was born in 1970 in Finland and currently lives and works in Loviisa.
He has a BA in Photography from the Lahti Polytechnic, Institute of Design and an MA in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (nowadays known as Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture). Subtle observer of what constitutes human existence, he is a storyteller in search of meaning, concerned with the small and epic sides of life, making it palpable through his photography. His photographs merge fiction and real autobiographic elements in a humourous and melancholic way.
He is represented by the Gallery Taik Persons and his work has been widely exhibited in various solo and group shows around the world. He has had three books published by Hatje Cantz : „The Descendants“, „Sacred Bird“ and „Night Shift“.
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