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The French Garden

I experience a landscape metaphorically and emotionally. For me, a landscape is an emotional state and the speech of biographical memory.

The ability of the French to view and enjoy art has always fascinated and interested me. There is a beauty to their attitude of appreciation and focus, its essential aspect being the ability to be present in the existing moment. The same concentration can be seen when they walk in gardens, sensing and exploring plants. My landscape and garden photographs are precisely about this way of experiencing and appreciating the landscape. It is bound to the situation and matters at hand, and also the result of interaction.

I experience a landscape metaphorically and emotionally. For me, a landscape is an emotional state and the speech of biographical memory. The images in my exhibition An Interpreted Landscape play with mirror images and a round picture format. I seek harmony and tranquillity in them, but the themes of transience and death are also present.

My photographs often tell of something lost, something yearned and sought for. To paraphrase Anaïs Nin: ‘I chose photography and metaphor, not because I love the enigmatic and the abstruse, but because the photograph is closer to our way of experiencing things deep within us.’

Marjukka Vainio