17 October 2018 — 30 April 2019
I am curious. I am a photographer.
I have a weird need to understand as much as possible, knowing that I’ll never understand enough.
I don’t like being in the spotlight, yet I want to share my work with the world.
At times I feel meaningless and confused, other times I know my path and the horizon is clear.
There are times when I feel an urge to fix the world, but after the sunset I might peacefully watch it burn down.
My nature reminds me that we all are just a speck of stardust surrounded by the void.
The Nature gives me the feeling that I am a part of something much larger and something much more complex.
There are days that feel like a split second and days that feel like a neverending nightmare.
Time often seems indifferent.
It is hard to grasp that we are living in a time where some people still live in the analog World, without internet or even without electricity. Meanwhile, some of us are gliding between shiny skyscrapers with a hoverboard-like Onewheels, while listening an autogenerated playlist of their favourite music. The electronic beats blast through their cordless earbuds, while some people must fight every day just to survive.
There are humans that have to scavenge in a heavily polluted river. They are hoping to find a piece of jewellery, that was left on a body of some rich person at their funeral. Then there are people who spend millions on a piece of art and there is people who live in extreme poverty and still share everything that they get. We got even people who dedicate their life to collect digital numbers on their bank account.
We all have different kind of stories and point of views, worth of sharing. Despite these massive gaps and differences, we all are the same and we are on the same path.
Global well-being has been dramatically increasing over the past centuries and at the same time we are facing the biggest challenges in human history. You probably would have guessed it wrong, but there are more than seven billion people on this planet, who aren’t living in extreme poverty. Extreme poverty has halved in the last twenty years.
At the time of writing this we are in the middle of a global pandemia, but we will survive. Like we have survived past pandemias. Interesting question is why we aren’t reacting this aggressively towards climate change, the bigger problem?
When the change is this fast, it’s as if we all see the world through an old and stained spyglass. This banged up spyglass gives us a very narrow view of our reality and when our field of view is narrow, you tend to miss the bigger picture.
There are lots of different kind of spyglasses and telescopes in the World. It feels that everybody is shouting at the same time what their personal eyepieces are displaying, at the time when we should combine our lenses and we would get a wider, clearer view.
We humans are usually keen to think that everything is much worse than it really is. We have a bad habit of fighting against trivial problems and pretty much ignore the more pressing problems like climate change. Even it doesn’t feel like it, our view of reality is many times based on expired and biased information. This is something that is good to remember the next time you think of something.
We are living in a period of time where our habitat is changing faster and more comprehensively it has ever changed in human history. Project Muutos, a multiyear photography series documents this global change and observes its unpredictable paths.
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“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”