Mirka Laura Severa's 'Swallow' Series Offers a Glimpse into Her Past

By: Amanda Greer - Published: Jun 30, 2013 • References: mirkalaurasevera and lifelounge.au
Mirka Laura Severa's nostalgic photography series, titled 'Swallow,' is a highly personalized series offering an intimate glimpse into Severa's German childhood. Each photograph was taken in locations pertinent to her childhood, such as her old kitchen and the forest near her childhood home. Using a bit of overexposure, Severa's photos take on a vintage, home video quality that adds authenticity to the journey through her past.

By showcasing everyday occurrences, such as a grungy coffeemaker shooting coffee into a styrofoam cup, or a cat squeezing through a narrow opening between two cabinets, Severa shows viewers that events that might seem commonplace are actually quite artistic and emotionally moving.

'Swallow' takes viewers on a private journey through the childhood of an absolute stranger. However, the photo series' intimacy and honesty make viewers feel as if they've known Severa for their entire lives, once again proving that Severa is a master at creating emotionally stimulating photographs.