Elina Bry

ELINA BRY. elinabry.com

I start my journey to understand the way my interest have been linked to what my parents interest are. Even today, every time I see a ladder, I think of my Dad.

Going up a ladder give us a different perspective, a way to look at the world differently. In my case, going up a ladder is my heritage, the one I have been given by my father. I never had problems with heights and enjoy stepping on the aluminium device, in contrary my father has vertigo. One time he stepped on both side of the ladder, which is a H&S issue. Of course, the one who designs the ladders don’t follow the rules, the cobbler’s children go barefoot. 

Climbing to reach down, it’s easier to see when you are challenged by opposed forces. Time and money are in opposition. When you earn more you have less time, when you have more time you earn less. Where shall we go? 
There is three physiological reaction in response to threat: Fight, Flight or Freeze. Which one will it be? There’s only so much we can do to get ready, but the body has the final word. I’ve had them all but the one I just can’t forget is the freeze. There’s no escape.
What happens to an object when the body isn’t there? Its purpose changes, it’s no more useful in the way it used to. It becomes architectural, an artefact. I never found ladders particularly majestic. It’s only after I took this picture for a client that I understood. The composition was on point, the shine, the thickness of the aluminium made the object stand in itself. Interesting fact, in the UK, ladders are thicker than in continental Europe. Because the buyer is more conscious about the aesthetic of the object than it’s fonction. The body is no more needed.

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