“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”―David Lynch
There may be many truths in life depending on one’s perspective. I have noticed that the way I see my life and accept temporary circumstances dictates the quality of my whole life. In this project, I remind myself of this as I build an image concept and choose a point of view.
Small Escapes is a mix of real experiences, imagination, daytime dreams and notes about life. These stories just happen – first in my mind and then in front of my camera. If the story requires I might also combine some digital manipulation with it. I can use many kind of places, often hidden or completely unobtrusive because they are so ordinary. The stories are adventured by unknown characters, at different stages of life, in the middle of nowhere. But what these characters do, experience or feel is significant to me.
Small Escapes is a staged and conceptual photography project. It is a project for seeing meaningful things in ordinary everyday life and understanding the beauty of places even if you can’t go anywhere. I want my characters to follow their own instincts, seize moments, believe in themselves and have the courage to make changes. While a cynical attitude in life is safer and perhaps an intellectual choice, seeing possibilities makes you happier.