I can think of no better expression to characterize these similarities than “family resemblances”; for the various resemblances between members of a family: build, features, colour of eyes, gait, temperament, etc. etc. overlap and criss-cross in the same way. – And I shall say: “games” form a family.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1953, Philosophical Investigations, 67
Resemblances is a series of images taken in Arvidsjaur, a Swedish small town in the province of Lapland, where I was invited to photograph local families.
Together with posed family portraits, shot with a large format camera, I added some pictures in the form of snapshots, in order to give a deeper sense of the place.
The series as a whole puts one in mind of a familiar and homey atmosphere, characterized by wooden houses and domestic settings. However, in each image there is a certain degree of ambivalence, resemblances are elusive, indoor settings seem at times to be fake, wooden cabins evoke a surreal, deserted landscape, and one wonders if even the families are real… In a mixture of fiction and everyday life we look at the town suspending any definite opinion.
We often look for a common trait to represent the essence of a group, but no trait is really identical for all, whether it be things or people; correspondences and similarities are the ones that help us in making associations, connecting places with other places and beings with other beings.