IDA TAAVITSAINEN

 

 

Objects of Survival #5, Albumen print, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objects of survival

My work is concerned with memory, identity and family. Being the middle child and growing up between two cultures I have always struggled to find my place.

In this series I have photographed objects that I took with me when moving to England. The photographed objects relate to my personal history, as many of them are gifts from people I am close to, and therefore they are full of memories and help me feel safe and at home in my new country. 

The images of the objects are juxtaposed with photographs of letters I have received from friends and family during my stay in England. Writing letters is my way of keeping in touch with those who matter most.

The photographed objects might not seem valuable to the viewer, but to me they are priceless. Some of the objects are in daily use while others only have sentimental value. I have deliberately photographed the objects from above, lying on fabric, like objects in a museum vitrine.

These images have a romantic nostalgia and longing for times passed. The images are salt and albumen prints, an old technique that dates back to the beginning of the history of photography. The choice to use this technique emphasizes my longing for the past.