Jorma Puranen

Icy Prospects 58, 2007

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C-Print in folder, with book Sheet size 40,00 x 50 ,00 cm Image size 34,00 x 42,60 cm Signed and numbered Edition of 25 + 3 AP

Jorma Puranen is one of Finland’s most well-known photographers. His work is conceptual. In his last series, he used archival visual material on Nordic themes as his point of departure, creating alternatives to the objectification and coding it contained in his own photographs.
His latest series, Icy Prospects, was inspired by the ways the great explorers as well as today’s tourists to the North Pole are fascinated by the arctic landscape. Puranen painted a board with black, high-gloss acrylic and then took long exposures of the icy landscapes mirrored in this wooden surface. The results are extremely painterly, highly aesthetic, fragmented impressions of nature in which the ground, the brushstroke, and the reflection are inseparably superimposed. In this way, the photographer creates a relationship between the philosophical concept of the “sublime terror” of the forces of nature and his own experience of life in these regions, typifying the north as a projection surface for fantasies and the imagination.
Our Collector’s Edition is taken from the series Icy Prospects, and shows the silhouette of a wintry tree in front of an enormous, brilliantly illuminated sky. Although it is a meditative, gentle image, it nonetheless creates a dramatic effect.