Mikko Kerttula: Transcendence

In his debut book Transcendence Mikko Kerttula observes the everyday events at a bus terminal of a small Swedish city of Sundsvall. By using reflections, bouncing harsh light and stains in glass surfaces Kerttula creates abstract and mirage-like portraits. Whether rushing by the station or patiently waiting for their bus to arrive, the people are portrayed almost as apparitions, captured in midst of transformation.

Publisher: Kult Books

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© Mikko Kerttula by courtesy of Kult Books

At the time, it had to be that exact place and space – no other. As one of key crossroads for the residents in the city of Sundsvall, its main bus station attracted me like a moth to a flame. I photographed and photographed and photographed. I searched for a tangible story, but kept falling into spontaneous shooting streaks and walked in small circles until my head was spinning. It all felt so random back then. While investigating the material later, I realised it was a personal experience beyond the normal. I became part of the scenery by photographing what I felt like.

Mikko Kerttula

Mikko Kerttula - Transcendence - Bildersturm Blog
© Mikko Kerttula by courtesy of Kult Books
Mikko Kerttula - Transcendence - Bildersturm Blog
© Mikko Kerttula by courtesy of Kult Books

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Mikko Kerttula - Transcendence - Bildersturm Blog
© Mikko Kerttula by courtesy of Kult Books
Mikko Kerttula - Transcendence - Bildersturm Blog
© Mikko Kerttula by courtesy of Kult Books
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Spreads from the book “Transcendence“ © Mikko Kerttula and Kult Books

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Book Specs: Transcendence by Mikko Kerttula published in July 2021 by Kult Books | Staple-bound book in a loose, screen printed board covers | 64 pages | 38 black and white photographs | 80g recycled paper | Digital printing | 22,5 x 28 cm | Limited edition of 100 copies, all signed and numbered by the artist | ISBN 978-91-984059-6-5. Available here.

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Mikko Kerttula (b.1984) is a Finnish visual artist, photojournalist and educator who has a passion for experimental documentary projects.

Kerttula holds an MA in photojournalism from the Mid Sweden University and a B.A.A in photography from the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts.

Artist: https://www.mikkokerttula.com/

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Kult Books is an independent publishing project run by Janne Riikonen in Stockholm, Sweden. Kult Books publishes photography books and other lens based visual arts in monographs and artists’ books. Kult embraces personal artistic approach and visual language.