In her Season series, Karhu expands this composition by coloring the view to form what one season would look like as a single image. These images become far more abstract, yet still have the feeling and look of an impressionistic painting from another century. It’s as if she is painting with light. Her spring looks like Monet and her autumn contains the colors of Renoir and her tones are like those of Turner.
Unlike other photographers who use a similar process of photographic layering to appropriate an image, such as Idris Khan or Santeri Tuori, Karhu inserts herself within the act of taking the photo. We see her as an abstract blur, almost ghost-like, sometimes with color from her coat or hat, but nevertheless present. Her path is more than just a place, but rather is like a mental space that she travels through to find the beginning and closing of every day. Her photographs encapsulate the varying degrees of Finland’s seasonal light: sometimes soft and iridescent, but more often than not fleeting with a touch of gray and the hope for blue.
The opening of the exhibition Shadows Within
will include the presentation of the new publication by Eeva Karhu: Polku | Paths
, Parvs Publishing Ltd. 2020. For more information about Eeva Karhu's publication please click here