About photography and authenticity
Benin was Miika's first independent filming trip for her own project.
“On a very practical level, there was a bit of tension, how to get the job done without a common language. The photographic equipment also had to be designed according to the field. ”
The use of fixed focal lengths actually led to a situation where contact with the photographers had to be made. This was beneficial in many ways. Photography situations can't get loose:
“The photographer stays sharp and the subjects can follow what is happening”.
Of course, such a description is more challenging, but in general, approaching and perpetuating people has been much easier in Benin than in Finland.
"Regardless of age, people are not in a constant hurry."
Social interaction situations are placed at the top of everything in order of importance.
“In addition to the physical presence, the subjects are genuinely present here with their thoughts. They don’t need to be guided either, but everything is so much more natural. People are more immediate and don’t pose. Perhaps they are not as accustomed to flirting with their mirror image as in Finland, where it is difficult to find people behind their masks and where authenticity is lost to constant self-observation and control. ”
In Finland today, it is difficult to take a contemporary photo of people on the street, when these people demand reasons for taking a photo.
“After ten minutes of introduction, there’s nothing left of spontaneity and it makes sense to put the camera back in the bag”.
According to Miikka it may happen that the future knees will not be left with such a catalog of our times. People are scared because of the internet, and caution is not in vain - your child’s face can soon be found on Facebook, or you know where else. Controlling the use of the image has also become more difficult than before for the photographer himself.
"With the merger of media houses, the agreements required of photographers and the spread of photographic rights, a picture taken for the people of Satakunta, for example, can be found years later on the cover of a book published by Alma Media."