Saturday, April 28, 2012

Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus - Le Miroir, 2000
This series of the photographers reflection slowly appearing is really intriguing. At first I thought they were all the same photograph, but then realised the condensation on the mirror disappears. Alot of Elina's photographs explore female, and male form, and how they appear in their surroundings. 

Elina Brotherus - Nu Endormi, 2003
I think this is a really strong portrait, the way she is lying naked, natural, in the rolling natural landscape, although these things fit together, I feel as if there is still contrast, in her bold image at the bottom of the photo, then the landscape fading away behind her. To me it also shows how small we are compared with the massive world we live in, I get this from the amount of landscape you can see, and then Elina lying there, looking as if she's asleep, calm.
Elina Brotherus - Horizon 8, 2000
Elina Brotherus - Horizon 7, 2000

In the book there are then a series of landscape photographs, these ones are about half sky, some of them are only showing a small slither of land at the bottom on the frame. These photographs are pretty bleak, but the textures are really incredible. At first glance these two photos look of similar material, although the top one seems to be a soft mossy, grassy area, and the other a hard rocky, sandy beach. I really like how the second photo just fades off into the distance, I'm not sure if it's the sky or the see.

Photos: Scanned in from book: Elina Brotherus, The New Painting, Next Level & Creative Scape 2005

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