I decided to arrange a Print Giveaway once again and this time it was only held on my Facebook photography page. I gave out two high quality Hahnemühle fine art prints. After a lottery pick out of almost hundred people, the winners turned out to be from Finland and Canada. So, here we have the two pictures that the winners selected and I set out to post them.
I just created a new project called "r o a d" on my Behance portfolio. The theme itself and the post-processing touch are a bit different from most of my work. I took all these photos in Iceland and came up with the idea immediately when we started driving around the country.
Even though my trip to awesome New Zealand was back in late 2011, I'm still going through and also re-doing post-processing with New Zealand photo material. Here's some of the latest pieces I've managed to put out.
As I've done the last two years before, I've collected my favourite photographs from this ending year of 2012. It includes more colour than before, but also some black and white photography as I've started to find my own style in fine art direction of photography. In this collection, I have photos from Australia, Indonesia, Italy, Paris and Finland.
So, even though it feels like I had relatively little time for shooting this year compared to last year, I still managed to visit a few amazing locations and get some new material.
I also had my first two photography exhibitions here in Helsinki ('A Glimpse Of The World' and 'Shades'), so that was
a big challenge as well as a place of learning for me. I'm happy I managed to do the exhibitions and we'll see what happens next year in that regard.
Hopefully I still continue to learn and develop next year. There's some new shooting locations already in plans. One of my dream places is becoming true when I get to visit Iceland next July. Really, really looking forward to that!
Happy new year everyone! Here's my chosen photos.
December in Paris could be windy, rainy and chilly, but it's also very atmospheric and beautiful, even if the sun is nowhere to be seen. Clouds and dark shades make the city even more appealing. As I many times find out with my photography, clouds and scarce light creates a unique setting for capturing moody and mysterious scenes. So, here's some urban and cityscape photography from winter days in Paris.
I was kindly asked by two friends (and café owners) to bring in some of my photography and hang them on their café's walls. I named the exhibition 'Shades' and it includes five colour landscapes and four black & white square prints. These landscapes are, yes, from New Zealand, but also one from Bavaria, Germany and one from Australia.
So, from 16.11. onwards you can see some of my photos framed on Kahvila Sävy's walls in Helsinki. It's an awesome, cosy coffeehouse. You are guaranteed to get the best special coffees (double cappuccino being my favourite from them), tasty and fresh croissants and hear some nice tunes from vinyl records. I would definitely recommend visiting, even if not for my photos. Here's three of the nine photos that I got printed in Sävy.
I've created a new slideshow collection 'Weddings' about the wedding photography I've done during 2011 and 2012. I added this new section in the navigation menu where the collection can be found.
I want to thank these beautiful now-happily-married couples for letting me to show these photos. You can also click any of the photos to see more.
I've ended up seeing some amazing places around the world already and I've tried to capture it in my own way and style. I consider this only the beginning, however, and there's so many more great and mind-provoking destinations yet to see.
There will be some selected photographs on display at the cosy Cafe Talo in Hakaniemi from the beginning of June onwards. I also have reserved the upstairs of Cafe Talo on June 1st for my friends and friends of the friends and just all the people that would like to have a look at my photos.
If you like what you see and even wish to get one for yourself, some of the prints are for sale. I will put 5€ from every sold picture into a Kiva Loan (http://www.kiva.org/about/) which I think is a sustainable way of creating new opportunities around the world - the people that might not have the same support system around them that I've had, for example. The buying is not the main point, though, and I just want to welcome you all to join me and have a glimpse of the world.
So, 1.6. there will be a get-together and after that you can visit Cafe Talo (http://www.cafetalo.fi/) and check out some of the photos.
Welcome you all!
More info and updates will follow...Here's the Facebook invitation.
I ended up shooting couple of weddings during the past year, and although wedding photography isn't my main forté (I'd like to think), I have to say the shooting experience that I could gain from that kind of events is invaluable.
Every wedding is different with its locations, lighting conditions, amount of guests etc. and you also have to be sharp with the changing situations and the schedule that fills wedding days. For the wedding couple, this could be the most important day of their lives, so you definitely want to deliver when it comes to photographs. Here's some of the wedding shots from the past year.
I started this photoblog about a year ago and one of the first blog posts was a look back to the year 2010 with sort of a 'Best of' photo selection. So, I thought about doing the same this year as well, and although I feel very hesitant about making any kinds of 'Best of' lists, I think I could look at this as a flashback or a quick coverage for the past year of 2011. I love visiting new places and countries, so even just by those standards, the last year was amazing.
I got to see a very very snowy winter and a hot summer (by our standards, that is) in my homeland, Finland, but I also had the chance to see The Alps in Engelberg, Switzerland, as well as the Bavarian region and German Alps in Garmich-Partenkirchen, Germany. I ended shooting some weddings, too, which added different kind of experience to my photography. On top of everything, I ended up moving to Sydney, Australia and also fulfilled one of my travelling dreams by touring a bit around New Zealand. So all in all, amazing places and amazing opportunities for improving my photography and I think I ended up getting couple of nice shots here and there. I don't want to view these images as the top selections for the year, but rather as a photography collection that I see covering my year of 2011 pretty well and the way I personally see it.
All I can say is: The World Is Beautiful.
Here we go, the chosen 11 photos from the year 2011. Let this be a great start for the photo-rich year of 2012.