Aini Tolonen‘s abstract photographs threw me. When I first came across her images I assumed they were paintings, pictures marked with a brush, expressions in oil and acrylic, watercolour and ink. How wrong. How wrong. Instead these images are of detritus, a poem to the beauty found amidst the patterns and textures of modern life; rusting metals, decaying wood and peeling paint. She turns what we disregard into a beautiful picture that goes to the heart of urban society, our throwaway culture. In Tolonen’s world the spirit and beauty of ignored and abandoned objects are revealed in all their majestic glory.
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