Tuomas Koskialho, born in 1987 in Finland, now lives in Belgium doing his MFA degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

In my artistic work I go deep into reality and try to figure out what is real and what only looks real. By using photography as my tool I try to study my environments, people around me and myself. I will not reveal great truths, but tell little white lies of which behind each there’s a glimpse of something very real and delicate. I am interested in different kind of social communities and their collisions in a certain place at a certain time.

For me, photography is never about capturing the perfect shot, but exactly the opposite. It’s about dealing with the vulgar reality of actual experience. Unsuccessful moments will bring a whole range of emotions with them. And usually the perfect shot would kill the moment because it’s just too vulnerable to be captured that way.

The most important thing in my art works is the intense connection between me and my subjects and that way the connection remains strong also between the photographs and the viewer. I like to think that I’ve been influenced by such artists as Weegee, Larry Clark and Alec Soth.

I always work in series and consider my works as experimental investigations on the other side of documentary photography.

Read about the photographic project ‘After 100 Years in Finland'
Take a look at the series ‘After 100 Years in Morocco'