Published on December 12, 2014
Still lifes, scenes and landscapes of a kind of primeval place in Finland. During several stays at the Art Residency Mustarinda between 2010 and 2013, Debby Huysmans found herself surrounded by and brought into contact with the old-growth forests. Late Spring shows how the Belgian photographer uses the stories of different people to explore this magical place, this northern nature and its meanings. Each person with his own strategy, his own dream, philosophy or opinion, but all of them involved and engaged with these mystical surroundings. Walking, beholding, observing, telling and collecting, are just some of the methods used to clarify the mystery of this ancient woodland and the fables related to them. The result is a complex, yet poetical narrative about an ambiguous environment where nature, research and the spirits meet.