Despite the climate change, loss of biodiversity, hunger, wars, inequality and countless other devastating phenomenons, we probably are going to be just fine.
I’ve started photographing this ”Muutos” project back in 2013. Before I started this eternal project, I felt that photographing random people was the one of the scariest things to imagine. The Initial idea was just to try and see how street photography makes me feel. Afterwards, one could say that I dove quite deep into it.
Nowadays street photography for me is one of the most exciting things to do. It’s still scary, but it’s scary and fun. The decision to start this project has led me to paths, that I never could have imagined. Back in the day, I made a plan to photograph something ”meaningful”. Something that would be somehow ”important”.
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“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
The photograph above, a Nepalese girl who is fetching water from the town well. This was my interpretation of the situation on site. Later on I’ve looked this photograph many times and its meaning to me keeps changing. Looking any images time after time, gives you a nice experience how your own opinions and thoughts also are in a constant change.
At one point in time, this photo made me think about the water issues in Nepal and it reminded the history of this beautiful mountain village called Barpak. Other times I would ”see” the fairly adventurous motorbike ride that was necessary to get to this remote mountaintop on the foothills of Himalaya. A detail, that nobody else will be able to see in the photo. Little did anyone knew at the time, the village was going to be the epicentre of the devastating earthquake of 2015. Ninety percent of this village was destroyed in the quake.
Needles to say, but my interpretation of these Barpak photographs has changed for ever and they all seem little bit darker now. This was the first time that I realised what I actually had been photographing for the last few years. I want to create a photo catalog that spans over a long period and see how I, the World and these photographs will change as time goes by. I’ve have no idea when I will call this project finished. Most likely this is the body of work, that I will work until it is my time to kick the bucket. Working with this project has also sparked a comprehensive change in way I see the world. I’ve also managed to create a problem related to Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, some days the World seems to be only full of untaken photographs.
There is million reason why homo sapiens doesn’t fit that well between the skyscrapers. One of them is this tendency to react more strongly to threats rather than possibilities. When media utilises these biases or ”faults” in our brain, it is quite easy to paint a picture of a divided world. Unethical and distorted media can do a lot of damage.
Some people say that our brain is the most complicated thing in the Universe, which isn’t true. I know that the human brain is an amazing, complicated thing and saying that it is the most complicated thing is a good way to verbally describe its complexity. But when you think of it, already our body as whole is a more complicated thing than our brain alone. In this scale we can’t even begin to talk of the indescribable complexity of the whole Universe. I think that some of us see our world as a planet full of individual species and some of us see it as a one planet, as one life form. Some people seem to think that they understand the world, while some people understand that they aren’t capable of understanding the way this world works. We tend to think of ourselves as the kings and queens of the planet, but we have to remember that we still are just simple primates, when we are faced with “real” challenges like natural disasters.
In my opinion and experience, the reality that we live in is multicoloured and always more complex that our primitive brain can imagine.
We’ve used to seeing the world as many individual countries, cultures, people and species. We are easily driven to thinking that everything in this planet is made for humans and it’s easy to see the Nature just as our commodity. We are eager to believe that competition is the way we can achieve better life to our individual groups. We believe that happiness comes from endless growth. A bit more is enough?
Nowadays I think that cooperation is a better solution than competition. We need start thinking that all life on Earth is equal and we have to learn to take only what we really need. We can’t fight global problems on a national scale, so the only viable option is to start thinking that we are just primates on a biological spaceship and our duty is to take care of it and everyone onboard.
There is no spare spaceship.