“In the morning you are the most naked, without even a single layer of protection forced to face the light and the memories you want to forget. I went to San Francisco to photograph young men working with selling their body and in the sex industry.
I usually start with a theme and but end up trying to present a mood, a state of mind. It is about waking up having bad memories, a feeling of loneliness and despair. This is all particularly evident on Sundays when you are supposed to be with your close ones.
The images are intended to convey a feeling that something bad has happened, recently or in the distant past, leaving a silent void behind. Portraits are mixed with images of empty natural settings, closed shops and Sunday picnics. Being with these men I got a feeling that every day involves waking up with a “Sunday depression”, which is then quickly “killed. The pale light is the threat in the pictures, it burns the skin. It is a history thru their skin and eyes, that not just is about where or who they are right now, more a reflection on what brought them here.
I am drawn to nature and skin that has been abandoned. I am interested in how the environment affects one, the heritage given to us and how hard it might be to break out from it. By repeating certain subjects in the series, I try to create a sense of emotional patterns that go into a continuous loop.”
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down
Publisher: Journal, 2012
Hannah Modigh website : http://hannahmodigh.se/
Gallery of Photography Ireland : https://www.galleryofphotography.ie/
Hannah Modigh’s exhibition Delta at the Gallery of Photography
Presenting an extensive series of small-format and intimate photographs, Delta is Hannah Modigh’s first solo show in Ireland. This is the second exhibition in our Contemporary Women’s Practice season, celebrating leading women photographers at work today. Although perhaps best known for immersing herself in unfamiliar situations, with this series she has turned instead to her immediate surroundings, in a search for traces representing the presence of an absence. The result is a series of emotionally charged photographic encounters, looking to Modigh’s own experiences, her family, and the everyday. Delta is extremely personal, but still touches on universal human experiences of birth, sexuality and death.
Born in Stockholm in 1980, Modigh spent her childhood in India and on Österlen in the south of Sweden. She studied photography in Copenhagen and Biskops Arnö from 2002-2007 and art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm from 2012 to 2013. Through family relationships, she has realised many of her photographic projects in the USA. Modigh lives and works in the USA and Stockholm.