Anja Niemi is a Norwegian photographer with quite an artistic spirit. Her favorite subjects seem to be women in dreamy, slightly retro surroundings.
Her latest series, called Darlene & Me, adds to its beauty a compelling story. “Darlene & Me started with the content of a suitcase from 1959, that left me thinking about the relationship we have with ourselves”, writes Niemi. The case in question belonged to a woman called Darlene, and it contained the proof of a short career as a beauty sales representative: a few lipsticks and hairsprays, receipts addressed to herself. “After that she made no more sales. The case left me with a feeling of a woman’s failed attempt at success, and a strong sense of who got in her way.
“Isolated in a rented house in the Californian desert, I took on the part of Darlene to tell the story of my fictional characters intricate relationship to herself.” The photographer impersonates both figures in the series, which, of course, are the same woman. A sad but somehow romantic story explained better in photographs than words.
photos via Anja Niemi