Metsästä invites the viewer to meet with a suggested world vacillating between a common and extraordinary context related to Finnish culture and its connection to forest and nature. It is a work partly autobiographic, fictional and documentary, a story both chilling and amazing, where men are hunting missing preys, devoting themselves to magic and decadent rituals, while female characters become fascinating and timeless icons.

Without any conclusive intention the photographs serve an emotional expression rather than a documentary process. They question the photographic genres with a central interest in the use of light as a powerful tool for dramatization and fictionalization.

Realized mainly in Finland this work became little by little the personnal exploration of my new territory. An initiation. While the context of the woods lost all rationalism with images that seem to have been dreamed rather than found. Eventually, this series is aimed at reconsidering fundamental and essential notions, such as the desire for authenticity towards an idealized and admire Nature - consumed, abused and dreamed of.

Anne Golaz

"Golaz’s collection impresses with its conceptual brilliance and clever storytelling. The images support each other to form an almost magical narrative, clearly arising from strong personal emotions. The artist demonstrates high technical capabilities as well as a wonderful aesthetic sense. In Golaz’s work, light not only illuminates objects in front of the camera and makes them visible to the viewer – it becomes an agent of its own right, pushing the narrative forward".

Jens Erdman Rasmussen, curator - The National Museum of Photography, Denmark.

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Read Joerg Colberg about Metsästä book:

CONSCIENTIOUS

"- This yawning abyss of freedom - that would be an apt description of the medium photography. It might not be that coincidental that as the sheer number of photographs made every day is exploding, photobooks are becoming morecomplex, combining photographs that previously would have been carefully kept apart. Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson provides a well-known and widely acknowledged example, and Metsästä falls into this same mold..." by J.Colberg

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Metsästä - From The Woods, part of the FIRST PHOTO BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST!

APERTURE Foundation - PARIS PHOTO Book Awards 2012

 

Kehrer Verlag 

ORDER from the publisher


From the Aperture Photo Book Review issue 003, fall 2012:

 

"Metsästä (From The Woods) is a simply but beautifully executed package for a fairytale-like

body of work by Finnish-educated, Swiss photographer Anne Golaz. The work lures the viewer 

into a world that vacillates between the everyday and the extraordinary and tilts towards the

primeval. This classic subject - the bloodlust of the hunt and the traditional tensions between 

humankind and nature - is treated with both drama and matter-of-factness."

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Photo-Eye best books of 2012

"The wintery woodlands of Finland provide the locations for a book dominated by shadows. Fact and fiction blur as the photographer explores the Finnish people's attachment to the psychology, rituals and notions that connect them to their landscape. A wonderfully sequenced and boldly edited photobook, that enchants with every emotive layout."By Tom Claxton, NYC

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September 2012 - Images Festival, Vevey, Switzerland