Songs of Wit and Wisdom draws its subject matter from the mythologies of various people. The afterlife has its own topography, the gods live in the mountains, the elves in the forest or in the water. In fact, all the major mythical events and actors are localised in nature.
One general meaning of myth is an untrue fiction, a collective misunderstanding. Like a myth, a photograph can also tell a story that is not quite true. This series reflects on the interaction of man and nature. The images in the series have been made using the late 19th century wet plate collodion process as tintypes.
About the artist:
Jenni Haili (b. 1980, Finland) is a visual artist with an MA from the Aalto University School of Art and Design. In recent years, her area of interest has been the first steps of photography through aesthetics, subjects and methods. She also works as a part time teacher of photography in the Art University Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts.