This exhibition took place in Toila parish, which is a small village on the coast of the Baltic sea and the place where I grew up. The project analysed my early photography which mostly consisted of scenic landscape photos of the Oru park and seashore of Toila. I began to experiment with photography in my adolescent years and the process of hiking and photographing became a necessary escapist act. The exhibition took place in two locations which were connected through a walk. These places proposed a possible narrative that had two approaches— phenomenological and social theoretical. The first approach, influenced by the writings of human geographer Yi-Fu Tuan focused on the geographical features of Toila parish. The second approach was a self-reflection which analysed different personal reasons and social influences that might have influenced my photography and its motifs, and took into account potential nostalgic reasons behind my interests in the subject matter of this exhibition. These two approaches were further developed in the following projects "Restorative Nostalgia of Photo Filters" and "Phonographic Composition of Toila Parish's Seashore".
The selection of images exhibited are part of my personal archive and frame a very decisive period of my life. The act of stepping into the park and taking images made it possible to experience time and space in a new way. These experiences took place in real environments but layered with escapism, influences from the society and nostalgia—gave this ritual a sense of otherness.
"First there are the utopias. Utopias are sites with no real place. They are sites that have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with the real space of Society. They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down, but in any case these utopias are fundamentally unreal spaces. There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places—places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society—which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality. Because these places are absolutely different from all the sites that they reflect and speak about, I shall call them, by way of contrast to utopias, heterotopias."
"Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias", 1984