Ghosts Watching Over Me // Aki-Pekka Sinikoski, Photographer from Helsinki, Finland
AKI & ASTRID SINIKOSKI
GHOSTS WATCHING OVER ME – WORK IN PROGRESS
As kids our fears are often easy to name or recognise. We are afraid of monsters, ghosts, or the shadows behind the curtains. As we get older our fears often get more abstract.
Ghosts Watching Over Me is a photo series we have been working on together with my daughter since 2011, when she was four.
By working together we kind of open up, write out and reconstruct our fears. By photographing the fears we can tame these faceless creatures and ghosts. They are no longer our enemies, but our servants who are ready to support us and make us feel stronger. Together we splash light into the darkness and get to know the unknown.
This series started by an accident when my daughter Astrid was four. At the time we were in the outer archipelago in the middle of a storm with no electricity nor running water. As the storm escalated and the waves hit over our small hut my daughter started to be really scared. She asked me whether the moster storm was generated by the storm monster. We talked awhile around the thought and ended up making a photo of my daughter as the storm monster; the way she imagined it. If for no other reason but to make sure I would recognised the monster if I met it.
When I showed Astrid the picture of the monster, wrapped in a felt and with a cardboard head, she didn’t find it scary anymore. On the contrary a bit familiar, more like a new friend or relative who would take care of us in the middle of the storm.
Our co-operation accidentally became a way for us to spend time together and share thoughts, fears, and dreams. We soon noticed there were more creatures beside the storm monster born out of our joint subconscious taking care of our family.
I think these photos are dealing with the relationship between father and daughter and our fears and dreams.