Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden

Come as you are

Workshop led by Vesa Aaltonen
December 2012
Location: Bolderāja Art and Music School, Senior Social Centre Ābeļzieds, Youth Centre Čiekurs

A mobile photography studio was set up in various neighbourhood community centres. The workshop offered participants the opportunity to explore the concept of self-image: “How do I see myself and how do I want others to see me?” A picture of oneself may be surprising and differ from one’s own conception. The participants photographed themselves as if looking in a mirror, deciding what their self-portraits will be like at the moment the pictures are taken.

Vesa Aaltonen is a freelance photographer and educator living and working in Turku, Finland. He has carried out community art projects and self-portrait workshops in Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Latvia.