'Some Kind of Heavenly Fire' is Maria Lax’s first monograph. Inspired by her grandfather’s book she combines her own photography with family archive and newspaper cuttings. Using these elements the book weaves together a delicate and ambiguous narrative, about a small town with a big secret.
“I’m from a small town in Northern Finland surrounded by a vast, sparsely populated wilderness. Most pass through the town on their way someplace else without ever knowing it was a hotspot for UFO sightings in the 1960’s.
Unaware of this history myself, it wasn’t until I read my grandfather’s book that I learnt of the incredible stories of supernatural events, bravery and struggle against hardship in what is a largely barren land. Already suffering from dementia, he was unable to answer any of the questions I had so I went looking for the answers. I turned to the people who had seen the mysterious lights, to newspaper archives and my family’s photo albums from the era.
The UFO sightings coincided with a time of great struggle for Northern Finland. People flooded from the countryside to the cities in search of jobs leaving abandoned houses scattered across this beautiful but harsh landscape. It’s no wonder that the UFO sightings embodied a fear of the future, the unknown and the inexorable shift in lifestyles and livelihoods going on around them. Some reacted to the mysterious lights with fear, some took them as a sign they were not alone.”
– Maria Lax
About - Maria Lax is a Finnish-born, London-based photographer and a winner of Female in Focus 2019 (Single Image category, femaleinfocus.com). In the last year, Lax has signed with Stem Agency and published her first photobook, Some Kind of Heavenly Fire, with Setanta Books. GoSee:
setantabooks.com//some-kind-of-heavenly-fire & maria-lax.com
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