Artist Statement — Annukka Kosonen
Everybody hates November around here.
In Helsinki, Finland it’s the beginning of a dark season that seems to last longer and longer every year. Being trapped
is the feeling you have when the days start becoming shorter and shorter in fall while endlessly waiting for the relief that snow brings with its light-reflecting properties. The same thing happens every winter but this time it never snowed. Then on top of it all, the news about the virus started pouring in.
The absence of snow made me see the winter from another perspective. I began to look more closely at the icy layers on the surface of the Baltic sea, in the frozen puddles and elsewhere. Moreover, I started to look at what was beneath it - trapped under the layer of ice.
"I’ll keep on drawing with light since that is what sets me free."
I started with leaves, twigs and various bits and pieces. I ended up with light — sometimes hidden under frozen puddles soon to be converted into water by the weak winter sun. Other times these artifacts were trapped under the iced layer on top of the sea, only to be released in April.
Looking back at the time I made these images that trapped light beneath the ice made me feel I too was held captive beneath the weight of the endless November. Some of us perhaps still are but I’ll keep drawing with light since that is what sets me free.
The word photography was originally created from Greek and means ‘drawing with light’.