Emma Wieslander / Wish You Were Here
When I made these photographs I was interested in whether it was possible to construct a vastness within the confined space of the studio.
The images are built upon the idea of a faltering illusion. If the illusion works at all, it quickly falls apart when inspected closely. The means used for the construction confirms the flaw; a dirty floor, skirting board, and a cord with a light bulb.
The photographs are shot in my old studio. Previously it had been used by a painter and the floor was covered by a thick layer of paint. I always thought the layering of paint covering the floor resembled the sea. So, when standing in the studio the feeling was of a bird’s eye perspective. The horizon line is situated in the classical one-third part of the image and I used a set of light bulbs with varying colours and light temperatures. But, as I was shooting, the actual sun set and the studio gradually darkened, so there are in a way two parallel sunsets within each image.
This duality was somehow a way to create a space where I was at the actual moment, but which could have the possibility to transport or extend that same space into a desire or longing, perhaps deeply rooted in each one of us.
Photomonitor proudly presents the portfolio ‘Wish You Were Here’, five C-type prints from 2010 by Emma Wieslander www.emmawieslander.com