KAIHO

  • Dates
    2021 - 2024
  • Author
  • Topics Daily Life, Documentary, Landscape, Nature & Environment, Photobooks, Street Photography
  • Location Oulu, Finland

Keijo Laitala's Kaiho (Longing) is based on the melancholic street and nature photography of the Northern winter. The black and white works depict the scarce light, wistful moods and quiet melancholy of Oulu’s winter.

Winter. The light is scarce. You can feel the cold on your face and the wind blows snow into your eyes. The frost covers the trees in an icy mantle and nature falls into hibernation. The objects are left to survive at the mercy of Jack Frost, waiting for the rays of the coming spring sun. 

Longing takes over the mind. 

Keijo Laitala’s Kaiho (Longing) is based on the melancholic street and nature photography of the Northern winter; the black and white works depict the scarce light, wistful moods and quiet melancholy of Oulu’s winter. In the series of work, man can be seen as a trace in the landscape – in some, man tries to control or use the power of landscape. The vividness and changing shape of the landscape tempt the viewer to look longer.

Series is photographed during the darkest time of the year, when sunlight can be seen only couple of hours per day. Project has been developed as a book draft and it achieved the finals at the Urban Photo Awards 2023 exhibition in Italy.

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