Today, we have three photographs from Mikael Siirilä, shot on film, printed in the darkroom and then scanned. I’m always reminded of how much work is involved in digitising analogue work that exists just fine without it! It’s perhaps also ironic that we are here, on a digital platform, hearing about very personal work and the intimacy of the darkroom environment. I rather like that.
Mikael has requested critique, so please do!
Name & Online Presence: Mikael Siirilä <— I strongly suggest clicking on the link to see a wider range of work on his website!
About the Photographs: For some inexplicable reason I find myself making photos of hands. These three images present three generations of hands. The your girl’s hand rests on the table, posed, almost lifeless. The young woman’s hand is relaxed and mildly arrogant. The elderly hand, manly and experienced, is tense and full of focus. These hands belong to people I love.
About the Photographer: There is something about the darkroom that excites me on a deeper level. When I convert my small family bathroom into a darkroom it becomes a metaphysical space, an inner space. Like being inside my own body: warm, red and absolutely private. I can make images for my own pleasure, in my own pace and style. It has taken me a lifetime of photography and quite a few years of self-learning in the darkroom to finally start getting results that I find pleasure in. Now I can share them.
Equipment Used: Shot with a Leica MP and 50mm Leica Summilux ASPH lens using Kodak Tri-X 400. Printed on Ilford Multigrade IV and scanned.
Additional Information: Nothing to add.
Critique Requested: Yes