Finnish photographer Anni Hanén (b. 1981) began her work on Just Small Hiccups after moving back to her childhood home, together with the family she’d formed as an adult. With her camera, she points our attention to small details of their home life and the surrounding nature, as well as portraits of her young child. Altogether, Hanén’s images contribute to the notion of heritage and what it means to belong to land, as well as the innocence of youth and play.
The series is sensitive and slow, approached with a parent’s loving patience as she points to all the many things worth noticing, learning or cherishing, within the small radius of a child’s world. It is a romantic ode to the continuation of a family house over time.
Just Small Hiccups was featured in the books section of GUP#52, the Mirror issue.