Per Daniel Håkansson
Is a native of Sweden who has lived and worked in New York since 1999.
This project was born out of the thought of how light shapes and creates space. The Enlightenment series strives to portray and highlight spaces in nature.
Shot in New York state and Sweden, this ongoing project began in 2010.
Travel In A Room Views of Space
Where does our fascination with the past originate?
What feelings come to us when we see an old image?
Is it possible to imagine ourselves into the past?
These questions suggest the nuances of this series – to investigate the desire to connect or reach a place in the past.
Is it possible to travel through “space” to a moment in the past? In other words, can we travel in a fixed space (a room, an image, a gallery) when “traveling” suggests movement?
Does the fascination with the past lie in the lack of knowledge about that place, the unknown moment? How and under what circumstance was the image of the particular place and moment eternalized?
By applying the photographic medium, the place changes from something ordinary into something remarkable, standing out in the river of time like a peak above the clouds.
When looking at photos of places, some observers experience loss and nostalgia while others may experience a sense of wonder that accompanies new places.
In 1861, John P. Charlton of Philadelphia patented the postcard.
These images were taken on noted locations between 2007-2010.
Travel In A Room is available as a hardcover photo book here:
Community murals in Manhattan and Brooklyn, 2008-2010.
I Might Be Stupid But I’m Not Blind
Inspired by the writings of Guy Debord, this series aims to illustrate the ideas in Debord’s Society of the Spectacle.
New York, New Jersey and Nevada, 2001-2003.