Even though photography is, as they say, reality, even with no retouching we can generate new ways of looking at what surrounds us and distorting the world. That’s what Osma Harvilahti, Helsinki University Fashion Sociology and Art History and Aalto Arts University Visual Journalism and Graphic Design graduate, does (and you’re sitting there, happy with your master’s degree).
His first monographic, called “Polychromatic”, was published by Éditions du LIC last year. Harvihlati shows here an obsession for a voluntary aestheticization of the world, up to a point it all gets abstract. With his topics, either plants, people or objects, he achieves a tantalizing harmony and exotism.
This artist knows about colour, pattern and shape. Most of his work is documentary, in nature: vivid shots of people and places taken in his various travels, always visual and full of clichés, but… He who is without clichés among you, let him be the first to throw a stone. Polychromy Wednesdays are happiness Wednesdays.