Category: Photography

The Original Sin of Photography

The Original Sin of Photography

(Origi­nally published in MEDIUM) No. It was not Photoshop, nor going digital. Not iPhone, nor touch devices in general. And it was no apple from a tree someone ate a long time ago. But there was a definite, decisive moment. It was the moment we turned the camera from the world into ourselves. When we lost the curiosity …

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Arvokas Metsämme

Arvokas Metsämme

One aspect of being independent freelancer has always been a bit of a soft spot for me. It is working alone. Thus every oppor­tunity to work together with a profes­sional, solid team is a blessing which I enjoy very much. Some time ago, actually two years ago already, Petteri Saario – one of our most highly respected award winning nature documen­ta­rists …

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Princess Sophie Diaries

Princess Sophie Diaries

A project I started about ten years ago… and almost immediately abandoned as flash became obsolete and HTML5 was still in its infancy. But. Things have changed and I thought it would be a good time to rekindle this one. I was changing ISP the other day and on the server I found a folder full of panoramas I had shot years ago. …

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Vedenneito Revisited

Vedenneito Revisited

Three years ago my friend, documen­tarist Petteri Saario (DocArt) approached me with an idea. There was a pitching compe­tition by SES and AVEK (Finnish Film Foundation and Promotion Center for Audio­visual Culture) looking for new forms of visual story­telling for children and he suggested we work on it together. 26 pitches were presented and four approaches were selected for final …

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Teaching Sports Photography

Teaching Sports Photography

I stopped my own career as a sports photo­grapher in Sotchi about five years ago… reasons being many, but the most important one probably that I saw the end of profes­sional sports photo­graphy in the nearby horizon and I wanted to concentrate on the life and things coming after that. And it has been truly interesting a ride — …

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When it is time to lay down your paddle

When it is time to lay down your paddle

This is a project I have been working on for some time now. It is very personal and one of the most important – if not the most important piece of work I’ve ever done. I have enjoyed tremen­dously doing it and I am proud of the result, I think we did well. At the same time, happiness is not the …

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History revisited

History revisited

I have posted this image before, I just tumbled upon it by accident as a museum in Estonia was asking to use some of my images. One of my favourite images of all times, shot in Rock Summer 1988 in Tallinn, Estonia. Total rookie in serious photo­jour­nalism, but due to some strange coinci­dences I ended up there, amongst …

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La Mia Stanza

La Mia Stanza

I was teaching the other day in Lahti (Video and Sound 101), looking for a good example for my students and I came to think of this. It is a small, simple homework I assigned in Aalto University last year, where I asked the students to come up with a thema­tically coherent story of some kind, maybe tell something about themselves …

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By the Borderline

By the Borderline

The past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of teaching in the Aalto University a course titled Multi­media Story­telling. I think it is the fifth or so time I do it and everytime it has been different. This time it was spread over several weeks whereas last time it was a one week intensive. This time I gave quite …

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