Photography

Isabella Ståhl's “Finding Haze"

December 23, 2015

In Finding Haze, Isabella Ståhl mixes images of outdoor settings with portraits of people to create a delicate, light-filled dream world. 

In each image, light fills the frame. It illuminates the subjects, at times inadvertently tinting, silhouetting, or obscuring them. The variance within the images is in the textures present-- of hair, snow on a small branch, dewy spider webs, a cloud expanding outward, or the bottom of a pool. In one particular photograph, a point of sharp relief to the other more ethereal images, a trail of blood leads down an upward faced palm; the blur from a flash paints the left part of the image like light shooting through tall trees.

“haze”
noun
1. a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles.
synonyms: mist, fog, cloud

2. a state of mental obscurity or confusion.
synonyms:blur, daze, confusion, muddle, befuddlement

- Elicia Epstein