|Photographs by Maija
in Alvar Aalto Museum
"It seems to me that there are many situations in life
where the organization is too brutal; it is the architect's task to give
life a gentler structure".
In 1997 I toured Finland and abroad photographing Alvar Aalto's buildings for his 100th Anniversary Celebration Publication. The book was titled, "A Gentler Structure for Life", from which was born the exhibition of the same name. A more comprehensive version of the exhibition including 50 pictures is at present touring Latin America. A compact version of it containing 30 pictures will be held at the Alvar Aalto Museum from the 12th April till the 10th of June, 2001. In the Autumn it will tour the Canary Islands.
Photographing architecture for me means picturing a place and conveying the feeling of being present in it. Places are composed not only of architectural forms but also by the intercommunication of buildings with nature, the changing light patterns and the meeting of natural light with half-lit interior spaces.
Even though nature in itself is unsurpassably splendid
and complete, as a dwelling place for the mind a person needs something
human, something fallible, something incomplete and passing - architecture.
From the relationship between omniscient nature and the works of man's
inadequate hands, a place is created, where a person who is present can
feel a sense of belonging.
Museum is open from
Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Alvar Aalto Museum, Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä, Finland, tel. +358-14-624 809, www.alvaraalto.fi