A car was rusting away in the forest near my childhood home. The other boys and myself used to kick at it, I alone tried to fix it. In my mind, I brought it to life. Since then, I have returned to those feelings with my camera. I photograph in the dark or twilight scrap cars that I've found. I use long exposure times, during which I move around the field of view, lighting the car and the forest with coloured lights. I create stages that would not exist without me. The camera remembers what it sees with a logic of its own. The finished image is the sum of experience and coincidence, a two-dimensional surface, which I can, nevertheless, dive into and discover my long-lost fantasy playgrounds. I photograph the fringes of industrial society and the ruins of modern life. Nature receives the offering of a metal cow in her tender bosom and rocks it to sleep. Goliath Hansa and Elite Deluxe. There they lie, silent witnesses to man’s dreams.
Sami Perttilä studied photography at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and graduated with an M.A. in 2006. During his studies, he participated in numerous projects. His photographs have been exhibited in Finland, Japan and Lithuania. His final thesis work, Immobile, has toured several towns as an exhibition and Multikustannus Oy published a book of the same name in autumn 2006. Perttilä is currently a freelance photographer and works on new books for Multikustannus.
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