Kaisa Sirén is a renowned photojournalist and a nature photographer known for her mastery of colour in her photographs capturing the wilderness of Lapland. Beautiful large-scale prints of her artwork add decorative detail to the interiors of all of the Design Hotel’s rooms and suites.
– I think Design Hotel Levi serves as a great venue for art because it brings the works to the public space, out of the confines of art galleries. I believe the hotel may also introduce my work to new audiences. This, I think, is a great opportunity, says photographer Kaisa Sirén.
How do Sirén’s painting-like photos find their form?
– I walk in the wilderness and, in a sense, paint using my camera as the brush, using long exposure, bringing out painting-like colourscapes and contrasts, Sirén continues.
– I get into a flow where my entire body follows the movements of the camera. I try to distinguish geometric lines and shapes from the environment, and then follow those lines and shapes with the movement of my camera, as if painting.
People sometimes ask Sirén whether it is possible that her artwork have been created using a camera.
– That is a moment when I feel I have succeeded. I aim to create painting-like photographs, so this question is a signal that my work may have achieved that elusive quality.