Markus Henttonen

[Letters from the Series and Book Paral-lel City]

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Photographs from the Series Paral-lel City, 2003

lambda-prints, framed, Dimensions Variable

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My first real art project started on March 2001, when I was working in Barcelona for six weeks. The pulse of the city instantly took hold of me. I wanted to photograph personally meaningful places, and subjects that are not easily distinguished from their surroundings. Instead of looking for the hub of action, I wanted to find something that was in the shade. The photos are small details of everyday life or broader perceptions of the interaction be-tween people and their environment. I looked for visual suspense to emphasise the personal experience of place.

I believe that what is important for experiencing a place are the people that spend time in that place. There is an interactive relationship between urban spaces and people. This relationship presents itself in different ways. The behaviour of people defines both place and space. The people in my photographs re-flect what I felt in those environments where I encountered them. Perceptions of the peoples gestures and expressions make the people recognisable. It is easy to identify with them.

With the name of the series “Paral-lel City” I wanted to point to the multiformity of urban environments, to the appearance of various parallel phenomena in metropolises. And there is an underground stop called Paral-lel in Barcelona.

Paral-lel City exhibition has been shown in various cities in Finland. Some of the pictures were showed at Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden. Pictures of the project have also been published as portfolios in many Finnish and international magazines. In 2004 finnish art book publishing house Musta Taide published the 104 p. Book Paral-lel City.

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