animation loop, 2008–2009
A photograph of an old midsummer morning shortly before the sunrise, re-photographed at every dawn from winter solstice 2008 to summer solstice 2009.
Midsummer, the longest day and the shortest night, is the greatest celebration in Latvia. All-night bonfires, songs and beer help waiting for the crucial sunrise. After it, all goes gradually back towards the long, dark winter sadness.
It struck me that the actual waiting starts already during Christmas, the shortest days of the year. So I put a picture of a yesteryear's Midsummer dawn on the wall, and took a photo of the photo every morning before sunrise. Each time the light was slightly different. It was easy at first, when the sun rose at 9 o'clock in winter. Getting up at 4:30 in summer was not so easy.
But the resulting 185 photographs, arranged in an animation, somewhat recreate the emotion of the original morning – so full of life, anticipation and doom.