22 June 2009

The looking glass photos

Amusement park

Bedroom with searchlights

Full moon and fire alarm

Girl blocking door

Girl with cat t-shirt


Mother in church room

Photo album dreaming

Photographing each other

Planet hollywood

Plastic boy and real girl

In my work I often take interest in the relations between memory, photography and autobiography and how those subjects interfere with each other and their balance between fiction and reality. Photography is to me a way of telling and constructing more or less autobiographical stories. I present these stories as photograpchic series that deals with the borders between the documentary and the staged, the real and the unreal and the past and the present. This series is titled The looking glass photos. In this work I have been inspired by the photographs in an old family photo album and followed the assocations they gave me.
Photo and text: Helga Härenstam

-invited by Jan Buse