Osma Harvilahti’s photographs stem from a wilful resolve to aestheticise the world to the point of abstraction, with his subjects – whether plant, person, or object – assessed and portrayed entirely on the level of colour, pattern, and form. Though based in Helsinki, the majority of Harvilahti’s work is documentary in nature: vivid shots of people and places captured during his frequent travels. In looking through his images, one is immediately struck by the sense that even as he finds himself in increasingly exotic locations, Harvilahti’s approach remains consistent in its discriminations, his only concern being the continuous refinement of his increasingly singular formal vocabulary. Responding in real time to the surrounding environment, he scans each scene that he encounters for points of pure visual interest, translating both the natural and man-made worlds into readymade arrangements of tone and shape that function primarily, if not entirely, as formal exercises.