Pictures of the Month / Jarno Vuorinen: Polaroidized Armenia
09.03.2020 - 05.04.2020
"May 2019. I am walking on the main street of the city of Sevan in Armenia. Elegantly dressed shop assistant salutes me at the door of a rather classy local store. I point my camera and tile wall in the store. We stand for a moment. I continue my walk to a side street. Tourists are not a common sight here, so I am noticed and catch a flying kiss from a small boutique. I enter the boutique and ask the ladies to stand outside where the mid-day sun throws a strong diagonal shadow on the wall. I am on my way back to my guesthouse in the city of Dilijan when I notice a jolly group of men sitting on a bus stop across the street calling me to come there. Take a photo of that man! I understand, even w edo not have a common language. Take a long, deep smoke from your cigarette! I say in Finnish and strengthen my words with gestures. I sit down for a quarter of an hour as usual to chitchat with the local people while the photos develop: Me in Finnish, they in Armenian. The joy fills the air. I give the other photo to the gentleman as memory and continue my journey.”
Polaroidized Armenia is both, a communicational project and a photography project. In his debut exhibition, Vuorinen represents the unglamorous beauty of Armenia that meets the human contacts. Exhibition is a view on situations where there is hardly no word in common.
Jarno Vuorinen (born 1979) is a professional photographer from Keminmaa. Artistic productions in photography counterbalance his professional photography works. In artistic productions, Vuorinen tends to seek beauty from nearby from the little details and using different photography techniques.
”I found my love to photography as an adult. I watched way too many movies due to my day job back then. The inspiration that movies gave me is still present in my work."