Bright Hours refers to something past – an uncertain place that does not exist, something fragile and indefinite. The project is based on Karl Henrik Edlund's journeys to the Arctic North, Kola Peninsula and Nenets Autonomous Okrug in northwest Russia in 2008–2013. The series also contains photographs from Edlund's everyday life in Saint Petersburg and the Åland islands.
The name of the exhibition refers to a sundial made by Edlund’s grandfather, located in the yard of a fisherman’s cottage in the Åland archipelago. On its side, the sundial bears the Latin motto “horas non numero nisi serenas”. This translates into English as “I only count the bright hours.
Bright Hours has also been published as a book (Journal, 2016). It was selected as one of five finalists shortlisted for The Finnish Photobook Award 2017.
Karl Henrik Edlund (b. 1987) is a photographer based in Helsinki, Finland. He has studied photo journalism in Sweden at Nordens Fotoskolan and film art at University of Göteborg's Akademin Valand.
The exhibition has been selected in the annual open call for exhibitions at Project Space. The Finnish Museum of Photography's Project Space is intended for exhibitions and projects that use photography or other lens-based media as tools for art or research. The space shows stimulating exhibitions by both fresh talents and more established artists.