Did everyone already see the spectacular series of photos taken by Norwegian photographer, Karolin Hjorth?
Working with the Finnish collaborator, Riitta Ikonen, the two created the Eyes as Big as Plates project. after being “inspired by the romantics’ belief that folklore is the clearest reflection of the soul of a people.”
Norwegian and Finnish elders from all walks of life posed as characters from folklore, and carry their outlandish headdresses with incredible poise and, well, soul. There’s little explanation of the particular stories behind each photo. I’m dying to know what each represents. But I’m also content to simply gaze and enjoy the peace and power from these images.
As midwinter approaches, the time for gathering with our families, for folklore, for storytelling, and for treasuring connections among generations and our past is definitely upon us. Maybe we should also dress up?