“The last night he was here in this home he held me in his arms and wispered ‘Oh my dear little friend'”
The number of people who are over 80 years old has increased fivefold during the past 40 years in Finland. A majority of 174 707 people living alone are women. These numbers are not surprising and in Finland today we are used to see people living a life of loneliness.
I wanted to understand this captivating world of solitude, where the daily routine becomes a bond and the beloved ones become a lively adventure. Inga-Britt was born in 1936 and her husband Mats-Edvin passed away five years ago. Ever since she has lived alone in their house in Isokyrö in Western Finland. The world moves on, the flowers keep growing and the season changes. After a while Inga-Britt learned that life doesn’t stop just because a part of hers did. I got invited into her atmosphere where everything and especially the little things matters. A mouse in her garden keeps avoiding its traps, the patterns on the knitting projects become a story that varies from blue to grey. When the stormy world kept spinning she found herself calm and joyful once again.