Marjaana Kella | Marjaana Kella
So what advantage does photography give us? As Kella writes: A photograph is mute and silent. That is why we can observe what is exhibited in a very special way. The immobile stillness of photography is a vital factor, allowing us to scrutinize a suspended moment with great intensity. Furthermore, concentration on the surface leaves room for our interpretive imagination to function. And yet the quality of stasis in a photograph is not always the same, as Kella's fascinating book demonstrates. She shows two bodies of work here, one series of neck studies, the other, portraits of people in hypnotic trance.ico.
The difference is instructive. The portraits of the back of the head are totally immobile, frozen, almost totally non-gestural. We are obliged to observe the shape and texture in the smallest detail. Hypnosis portraits are also immobile, but not frozen in the same way. There is still a sense of movement, facial expression and body gesture. However, the gestures are not normal and leave us looking for clues on the surface to formulate our reading. What emerges is an erudite and compelling demonstration of the enigma that photography is. Text from A History, Volume II "II)"