The sadness and boredom of being: photography co-project

This project was made together with Mike Ross.

We decided to make a project about everyday life, or in other words about life’s routine. One of us it seems fell in love with the name of the project, which was offered by another one of us, so we had to do it.

As the project was about everyday life it included our everyday life things and these things looked just like they look: with no organizing, no moving, no adding things, no cleaning background, no breaking into things happening, no entertaining ourselves, no trying to escape from routine but to embrace it.

Photographers often if not always try to escape from humdrum life, so we decided not to escape this time. In this sense the project was sort of photojournalistic work. We tried to embody monotony as something really sad and boring and still beautiful because all this is fleeting and temporary.

Mike: Rain I don’t mind
Alena: At work (about love and hate)

I work in a rehabilitation center as a psychologist, our center deals with people with movement disorders as well as with neurological and psychiatric patients and people with other problems.

I shot an equipment I see everyday at my work. I don’t deal with it but it makes me think anytime. About people and how they overcome restrictions that they have, about the work of body and mind behind it.

I love and hate my work at once. Hate because it’s exhausting and love because it’s one of those works that makes sense. I think I treat my work as some patients may treat their aids in movement.

Mike: Room of boredom and sadness
Alena: Saturday morning

I made a shot of my everyday on Saturday morning. I don’t see it in this angle but it’s one of the most ordinary things I do.

Mike: Boredom. Sadness. SouthPark.
Alena: Mess (teddy bears and death)

And little piggy taking a bath. And a badge for planting trees. And a singing bowl, a clay whistle and a small box with a gold coin.

I just entered the room in which I shoot pretty often, I looked to a cupboard and this mixture of things made me laugh. When I placed the skull I didn’t think about how ridiculous it will look.

I think this mess greatly illustrates my inner self.

Alena: A symbol of the stability of this world

Is my cat. I’ve been moving rather much in my life. And many things have changed. People have changed. Places have changed. I have changed… My cat lives with me more than 8 years and she was moving with me and changed 3 homes. I try to find in my mind another thing or alive creature, which existed with me for 8 years or more. And I can’t find it. It seems it’s only my cat. She is a symbol of the stability of this world for me. Also a defender against rats and a psychotherapist.

Mike: Night table
Mike: Dirty window
Alena: Short sight

This view I observe almost every evening, at least during that evenings when I look through the balcony windows. It’s one of main roads in Tallinn.

Alena: The back to hide behind

I see this back almost everyday when I fall asleep or when I wake up earlier. I like feeble light coming from closed curtains. Days are not brothers and I may experience different emotions but most of the time I like this back and I like to hide myself behind it. Hiding behind is safe.

Mike: Monday
Mike: Thinking about winter
Alena: Buy mice!

In my everyday life should be my mom in some presence. And here are these rabbits. My mom lives in Russia and I live in Estonia about 4 years. I guess she miss me and try to make me smile in every way she can. Once I was in a market and saw these rabbits, the one in pants made me laugh and I made a photo for my mom just to make her smile too. She decided that I want to buy it and she sent money to me for it. She accompanied the money order with the phrase: buy mice!

14 thoughts on “The sadness and boredom of being: photography co-project

  1. I like the outcome of the project very much. I find the top picture of the window by Mike beautiful and Alena’s picture of the back just as much. The words are a real addition. I had to smile reading the lines accompanying the last picture: Buy mice! 🙂

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  2. Hi Alena, I thoroughly enjoyed your collaboration with Mike. Both of your sets of images tell an evocative story of work, isolation and daily life. Beautifully conceived.

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  3. Great idea and great shots! Mike’s windows came out especially well. The “memento mori” frame is effective because the objects in it are connected to you and your past. I think we all have boxes of objects that were meaningful to us earlier in our lives, but we forget about them. Then we see them again and think, “Is this all that will be left after I’m gone?”

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  4. Hello, Brad!
    I didn’t think about that shot that deep as you, definitely 🙂 Though I do understand you in some sense. Sometimes it happens to me when I look at my old things and then I think: was it really me? I think I’m not old enough to think about what will left of me. Maybe I even feel now ok if nothing is left. I just got it from life. I can do everything I can trying to help someone or even to make this world better but when I’m gone nothing’s left of me. Even people not often remember. Sad but true. On one hand. The other thought is much better. I can do whatever I want! I may just enjoy this life.

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  5. I have been all afternoon watching in detail and attention his website, especially his interesting projects with Mike. I congratulate you both for your creativity and courage in tackling certain issues. In general, more than dialogues, they seem to me to be solitary monologues that seek a meeting point

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    1. Hello! Thank you for visiting the blog and commenting. I think everyone sees what he/she wants to see or needs or in other words finding anytime answers to his/her questions. So anything is possible 🙂
      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed our work. It’s great to know someone really looked at it with a certain attention.


  6. Indeed, H. D. Thoreau has already said that it is not what you look at that matters, but what you see. That’s why I’m so interested in your work. Thanks again for making it public.🙏

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