Joakim Eskildsen / Home # III (Denmark 2008-09)
Joakim Eskildsen is a Danish photographic artist and one of the most prominent figures of the Helsinki School. He has a particular interest in nature, and social and political themes. From the age of 14, Eskildsen began photographing the fields and forests around his home. In retrospective he describes how, even at a young age, it was a certain light or weather condition that inspired him. Since then, he has traveled through Europe, Africa, India, North and South America for projects, often spending extended periods of time in a place to document the life of the Roma, Cuba, or poverty in the US. Coinciding with the birth of his son, Eskildsen’s interest and focus has returned to that of his childhood. He describes a certain relief in photographing his immediate surroundings again, rediscovering what first drew him to photography – an artistic homecoming. As soon as his son and later his daughter learnt to walk, they would appear in the images. The children became an essential part of “Home Works” from which this image is taken – an ongoing project that is in its 15th year, the age of Eskildsen’s first child, and his seventh home. The series is divided into seven parts accordingly, starting from Finland, Denmark, and Germany, the last one being an old farm house South of Berlin.