Jakob Kopnov’s stripped and simplistic photos leave nothing and everything to the imagination. The viewer is both baffled by what’s left out and curious to fill in the blanks. Photography often dwells in the realm of capturing beauty, fleeting moments, making memory, and cataloging significant events. When viewed from this angle, we wonder why Kopnov chooses his subject matter. What are we missing? Nothing and everything.
The photos are narratives that do in fact “capture beauty” and “make memory” but only if you spend time with the photographs. Upon cursory glance, they look basic and impromptu, but this is merely the style. The content is where the story begins, and if (if?) the aim of art is to impact the viewer, so does Kopnov. What is he showing us or not showing us? What is or isn’t in the picture? Why does he want to highlight the woman who doesn’t fit into this dress, this floor, this almighty TV? It’s up to you, but Kopnov has given you a hint. Happy hunting.