What started off as a spur-of-the-moment “wow, that light looks nice” – reaction on March 7th 2017 has become a work that eventually will include 360 photographs. Each depicting a different space with a different light. It shifts my perception from front to up, looking at the ceilings (and other new perspectives) in all the places I visit. Since this project is a an almost two year long journey, it inevitably also makes up some kind of visual diary of my movements in this world, and in Helsinki, my hometown in particular. When the last photograph has been taken the plan is to collect them all into a bigger installation where the images will fill up a large wall or ceiling sized approximately 3,5m x 12,5m or more. However the installation of the works is still very much in the making.
The work is inspired by the notion that Georges Perec makes in his book Espèces d’espaces (1974) that we no longer pay attention or care about ceilings, and the details in them. Simply we’ve stopped looking. It’s a practice of shifting focus to the unusual spaces and perspectives around us.
This thought has provocated me to lay down in public spaces, libraries, theatres and so on, just to experience the space from a new angle. As one result we have this series which focuses on the emitted light itself and how it illuminates me when I’m right underneath it. The series is also an homage to the circle and square, both magnificent forms that fascinates me a lot.
The piece is updated to the instagram account @Zalvesen where all images can be found with the hashtag #houselightseries