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31_riittaikonenhjorthvelkkari Photographers, Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen have come up with something truly peculiar and special, in their photo series Eyes As Big As Plates. Their subjects are old, super serious and Finnish, all while wearing ridiculous “organic” head pieces and attire…need I say more?

This image is based on Bulgarian Kukeri and Mummers, the traditions of pre-religious and pre-pagan shamanism. Image by Smultronstället: Wilder Mann, by Charles Fréger.

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Riitta Ikonen

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Karoline Hjorth (Norway) and Riitta Ikonen (Finland), Eyes as Big as Plates, first part, May 2011 —During a one month residency at the KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film in Norway, the two photographers collaborated with sailors, farmers, professors, artisans, psychologists, teachers, parachuters and senior citizens. Inspired by the romantics’ belief that folklore is the clearest reflection of the soul of a people, started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore.

Karoline Hjorth (Norway) and Riitta Ikonen (Finland), Eyes as Big as Plates, first part, May 2011 —During a one month residency at the KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film in Norway, the two photographers collaborated with sailors, farmers, professors, artisans, psychologists, teachers, parachuters and senior citizens. Inspired by the romantics’ belief that folklore is the clearest reflection of the soul of a people, started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore.

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Beautiful Finnish Folklore Photo Series "Eyes As Big As Plates"

Finnish folklore photo series Eyes as Big as Plates

The series started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore, featuring elderly subjects enveloped in organic material or swallowed by their natural surroundings. Transformed into mythical creatures, they reflect the return of the body to nature and personify a celebration of lives lived.

Photo Karoline Hjorth Eyes as Big as Plates started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore with the Norwegian photographer Karoline Hjorth. The series has since moved on to exploring the mental landscape of the neighborly and pragmatic Finns. In June 2012 Finnish senior citizens modelled in the wilderness of south and eastern Finland.