Girl and hat
Original gelatin photograph by Mikael Siirilä. Processed in an old fashion way in darkroom. Toned silver gelatin photograph. Signed on the back side by Mikael. Size: 15 x 22 cm Edition: 25. Helsinki, 2021.
This photograph is handmade in the darkroom on fibre-based paper, treated for archival permanence, air-dried and heat-pressed. The image is checked for perfection, stamped, numbered, signed in verso and protected with an archival sleeve.
Note: There are small variations in the intensity of the toning of prints within the edition.
Each photograph is an authentic observation from his life shot with little or no interaction with the subjects. Mikael Siirilä (b. 1978, Finland) is a self-taught darkroom artist who approaches photography as a slow-paced reflective practice. He collects minute observations from his life and works in the darkroom to recontextualise them into recurring themes. Mikael Siirilä’s reductionist images build on details and fragments. His subjects appear lost in thought and disconnected from time and identifiable places. His visual style can be recognised by the pronounced film grain, dominating black elements and image edges as a source of poetic mystery. His works study themes such as outsiderhood, absence and presence.
Please read more on his web site: mikaelsiirila.fi