Last weeks have been busiest ever by far. There have been no time for my friends, family or even for proper sleep. There has been only Work work work in very different dimensions. The biggest reason for that madness was a last stage of my project called "The Miner".
It was two years ago when I entered first time to the functional underground mine and the seed of an idea started to sprout. Now two years later, after countless hours of work it's done and I can say it was a great success! First time in my life it really worked out the way I saw it as a imaginary picture in my head.
...Heroes from the dark and deep depths of the earth, of whom the dwellers on top don’t know much about. These are the portraits of men, whose task has remained unchanged for hundreds (,if not thousands,) of years.
The very first time that I ended up in a mine, I knew at once that this place deserved my attention. The feeling you get while standing in a dark tunnel with mind-boggling (measureless) tons of earth, of the plant’s crust above you, is emotionally comparable with diving or flying. However those underground temples (tunnels) are nothing without the men burrowing them. Thus it was clear that I wished to create a project portraying those men and through their portraits maybe, just maybe, transfer an inkling of that feeling to the wider audience.
I pondered long
about the format or way best suited for capturing all that down
there. The pure form of documenting
was not really possible due to the difficult conditions and staged
photographs lose the sincerity and serve another purpose. Thus I
chose a method that I prefer to call controlled documenting.
For me it was very important that the men were aware of my presence
and that there was a principled agreement from them. At the same time
I didn’t want to change anything about their daily routines(, as
far as it was possible). My aim was for them to halt for a moment and
look into the camera as if gazing into the eyes of a friend...
My biggest thanks goes to:
The Miners, VKG, Jõhvi Cocert Hall, Art Print, Andres Toodo, Roman Purga, Kristian Saks, Andreas Jupits, Caspar Lootsmann, and to everyone who helped!
Here is little photo documentation of this installation.