For me photographs are like fixed points in the process of change and alteration. They open up for observation and they allow the viewer to step closer. One can gather trust and confidence in recognising something in them, but simultaneously, photographs have another kind of nature – a side turning towards the invisible and the unidentified. What finally becomes recognised can be something "outside” the image, something out of sight – something imperceptible. In this momentary experience, something is revealed. It is not something "that-has-been”, but rather something that exists and is present here and now.
My works do not consist of separate series, but the recent images expand the already existing entity of works. This starting point also conducts the situation of photographing. I am looking for elements of the visible reality that could be recognised as conveyors of a certain experience or atmosphere and that also could create connections with the already existing images.
The connections between the images are essential to my work. How the images affect each other and what kind of relationships they create between each other. I try to trace this emerging "third image" between two or several images; the various combinations of images compose different interpretations; it is like an uncovering of new thoughts.
"Tracing can imply a narrative action of tracking down, investigating and unearthing something. Here the narrative dimension does not work that way. These photographs are not actions, properly speaking. They are, at best, fragile apparitions, undecided between action and passion. Here trace is a noun that must be heard as a verb, and then again as a noun. By way of alternation of attraction and repulsion the images nevertheless manage to take us to their own threshold, to the mouth of the burrow, or to the edge of an alluringly dark forest."
-Harri Laakso´s article The Very Last Image, Foam Magazine #25 Winter 2010Download Leppälä's Statement