Löyly | Text available in french only.
Released in press
Sélection Beaux livres 2013 - L'Humanité (December, 10th 2013)
Sélection Beaux livres 2013 Brigitte Ollier - Libération (December, 12th 2013)
Loyly par Cathia Engelbach - Blog Le Monde (January, 14th 2014)
Dorothée Smith par Lucie Etchebers - Nouvel observateur (February, 15th 2014)
Loyly par Raphmaj - WordPress (March, 28th 2014)
Dorothée Smith par Molly Benn - Our age is thirteen (December, 09th 2013)
"This led to Löyly, a Finnish term for the steam that rises from icy water when poured
onto burning stones, passing from a liquid to a gaseous state. But the term also means
ghosts – a taste of things to come – as I will explain…
Dorothée Smith never stages scenes or tells her friends and models how to pose:
with her modesty and discretion, most of them don’t even realize they’ve been
photographed. In the Löyly series, we see a dark rock rising up and blending into the
sky, undeniably bringing romantic painting to mind, along with a menacing tornadolike
double cloud and chilly frozen landscapes. But also many young people seen from
behind, often with tattooed bodies, daydreaming or withdrawn – somewhere else; a
very pale young man with glacier eyes and raven-black hair, like a recurring apparition
in the series, and the sublime face of an androgyne with a dreamy, melancholic look,
lost in an inner world, with a half-closed expression and a sensual mouth open for a
word or a kiss that won’t come. Tired and deliciously morbid, or rather morbido (soft,
gentle) since the Italian terms seems more fitting, the androyne delicately rests a
beautiful ephebian head on a velvet cushion with one arm tucked under, offered and
already withdrawn, disappearing like a fleeting, desirable apparition."
Extract text Dominique Baqué
Coproducer : Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy - The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki - Galerie Les filles du calvaire - Olympus France
Released : November, 14th 2013
Collection : Hors Collection
ISBN : 978-2-35046-296-7
Format : 215 x 290
192 pages
125 photos colors and Blanck and white
37 €

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