IT IS MONDAY. The shower room is the secret space where one’s deepest thoughts come without censor or witnesses. Water magically showers away our true feelings about how past choices have shaped our present lives. Is this how we really wanted our lives to be?
The duality of Monday is, for some, the beginning of the unbearable reality of the responsibilities at work or in the family that invariably hits every seven days. For others, it is the fresh and uplifting bright start of another week full of possibilities, new challenges and expectations.
Photographer Päivi Kos- kinen illustrates some of those feelings through the metaphor of showering away fear, uncertainty and frustration from the day. Taking risks, social pressure, making decisions about career and family life are some of the human conflicts Koskinen explores and presents to the viewer for evaluation. The project was born in Spain and continued in Finland through interviews and photo sessions.
Our reality, more than being directly chosen, sometimes seems to have been silently selected for us by society with the promise of happiness. “I am interested in the real context. I have looked for people to portray who have identified themselves with the project, helping me at the same time on my own personal identification,” Koskinen explains. Through this introspection, she tries to make people reflect on the realities and experiences currently shaping their lives. Would the wife with three kids like to fulfil her dream of being an independent professional? Would the successful photographer like to have a family instead of her career?
Sometimes we make ourselves too busy to stop and think about our daily routine. If we are not completely satisfied, do we dare to change the direction of our lives to pursue our dreams – instead of washing them away?
Until 30 May
SUSAN FOURTANÉ – HT
PÄIVI KOSKINEN – Image
First published in the Helsinki Times on May 6th, 2010.