landscape is Karkkila, Finland. the scene: a place of arrival and departure.
this vision presents an encounter with a space where apparently nothing
happens, but where familiar and unfamiliar events occur. certain feelings
of recognition incite the onlooker to identify with the scene, but not
interacting events conspire to disorientate. the realisation that lights
go on and off at set times enters the observer’s consciousness as
an expectation fulfilled. the ringing of a bell at the precise moment
one figure breaches the personal space of another remains paradoxical.
in the mind of the viewer, alien to the location, meaning or explanation
is sought, but not readily found. even the origin of the sound is impossible
feeling of calm, edged with apprehension, pervades. attempting to allay
the disquiet, identification with the space, or aspects of the experience
of the space, confirms the communality of human existence.
travel outside known locations generates countless new experiences, leaving
little chance or space for contemplation. nevertheless, for the onlooker,
the very experiences that invite contemplation are dependent on chance
happenings within the observed space. minute changes of colour and atmosphere
are enhanced when observed, quietly, over time. for the silent viewer,
such small mutations acquire a new and heightened significance. by repeated
experience of the unfamiliar, the outsider begins to promote a frail sense
of ownership. until the unfamiliar re-exerts itself, if by no other instrument,
then by the all-engulfing white of the snow-laden landscape.