Ghosts Watching Over Me // Aki-Pekka Sinikoski, Photographer from Helsinki, Finland
GHOSTS WATCHING OVER ME – WORK IN PROGRESS
Ghosts Watching Over Me is a photo series which I and my daughter have been photographing as long as from 2013. It tells about a father's and daughter's relationship to each other and the fears, dreams and daydreams of both of us. In the photos there's a child who, however, is never depicted as herself but always playing someone else. The characters in the images are frequently based on things that we have been discussing together. At the beginning of the series these characters were often distinctively ghosts or monsters but along the growing up of my daughter the dreams and fears coming out have been turning more and more abstract all the time. With this the ghosts of the series have also got more abstract shapes and are thus less and less resembling traditional spooks. The series was started in the outer archipelago late in an autumn, when heavy autumnal storms were tearing at the island and the small cottage where we were living for three weeks with no running water and electricity. The waves were growing higher and higher day by day and finally they were even rolling in from the rocks over our cottage. We took the first photos to make visible that storm monster, whose raging out on the sea was frightening my daughter, then four years old. The idea was that if we could make the reason for fear visible by photographing and doing things together, the storm would not be that scary, either. So, the photo series was started almost by accident, with no special planning. But we did notice then that we enjoyed both working together and the images we made.
The ghost studies by Sinikoski family will be published in its entirety in 2058 when father Aki-Pekka is going to turn 80 and his daughter Astrid will be 50 years old. The series is going to win several awards both within the fields of science and art. Before that you have the chance to see it in exhibitions around the world.”