Santeri Tuori is a multifaceted artist who has been engaging with the properties of nature and its power of change over the past two decades. Forests, skies, lilies, and wind are only some of the basic elements you might find in any Nordic landscape, and all become items of Tuori’s interest and observation. After finding a specific location, he photographs it from the same position, season after season, over many years. He then layers the images one on top of the other, sometimes superimposing a black-and-white negative with the colored ones to create his own unique compositions of "time being.”
With his Lilies-series, Tuori combines a limited set of photographs that are taken during different stages of the same season. Assembled together, they inspire a surreal sensation, as if the lilies are hovering on the surface of the water. Yet, there’s a depth within the photographs that seemingly entices the viewer to dive in. Tuori’s time-based images become visual portals that encapsulate nature’s metamorphosis from one frame to another, rendering the photogenic quality more graphic, like a color pencil drawing. His subjects have their roots in traditional landscape painting and drawing, as seen in the watercolors of William Turner or the biblical paintings of El Greco. Tuori’s photographs abstract from the real, creating his own time-scapes.