Category: Photography

Why Syria is happening?

Why Syria is happening?

You cannot open TV or any media for that matter without stumbling to the the news and the grim images of the refugees from Syria. Refugees, how is EU dealing with this… this constant infor­mation overflow leaves me perso­nally totally puzzled. Anxiety and compassion are the first words which come to mind, but I am also quietly embar­rased because … 

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Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

I’ve been away from the screen and the keyboard for a long time. The whole of last year was definitely a turning point of some kind… ending of something which had become an essential part of my profes­sional life (i.e. high profile sports photo­graphy) and beginning of something else… (more about that later). And while busy trying to get that “something else” … 

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Art in a Toilet

Art in a Toilet

Sometimes it’s great fun to do some totally different. The culture office of Porvoo asked me, if I could come up with anything to their summer #URBCULT -project. They basically gave me a one square-meter “outdoor toilet” (in Finnish “huussi” or “hyyssikkä”) — and free hands to do “art”. And yes: without the actual seat-and-the-bucket . It just … 

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Anatomy of a Good Documentary

Anatomy of a Good Documentary

Spring for me means intensive teaching. Presently doing Video 101 for photo­graphers in LAMK (Lahti University of Applied Sciences). As always, enjoying it immensely. I asked the students in three words describe what they feel is essential in a good film / documentary. And to make things more interesting: one word had to be a noun, one an adjective and … 

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Kolme strategiaa medialle

Kolme strategiaa medialle

Janne Zareff kirjoittaa viimei­sessä Journa­listin kolum­nissaan, että verotus­pää­tökset eivät ratkaise ammat­ti­jour­na­lismin ongelmia. Ongelmat ratkaistaan sillä, että tarjotaan jotain sellaista, mistä jatkos­sakin yleisö on valmis maksamaan. Hän toteaa kylmän viileästi ja täysin oikein, että ammati­jour­na­lismin olemas­saolo ei ole itses­tään­selvyys, vaan että se on yksin­ker­tai­sesti ilmiö, joka on syntynyt tietyn­lai­sessa histo­rial­li­sessa tilan­teessa. Toisen­lai­sessa histo­rial­li­sessa tilan­teessa sen olemas­saolo voi loppua. … 

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Multimedia Workshop

Multimedia Workshop

I just finished an intensive of multi­media story­telling in Aalto last week. Doing it inten­sively (i.e. 6–8 hours close contact, every day) really wears you out. Trying to stay “fresh” yourself, i.e. not fall into routines, and all the time trying to find out what it is this time you really think students would appreciate and benefit … 

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Maintaining your Copyright

Maintaining your Copyright

Got a real nice surprise in the mail. Signed copy of John Lydon’s — aka Johnny Rotten — biography. With couple of my pics in it. I shot those images twenty some years ago. Last summer I got a phone call from the publisher in London asking if they could use some shots. They were real profes­sional about it … 

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Outcastes — a Multimedia

Outcastes — a Multimedia

My wife looked over my shoulder when I was doing the last bits of editing yesterday. “This is the most impressive thing you’ve done in multi­media”, she said. Now talk about a compliment. And not that I agree… but I have to admit, I am proud of it. Sure, the next thing will be better — as it always should be. But meanwhile: … 

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Workshops and teaching

Workshops and teaching

One of the reasons I have been quiet in this blog has been my rather serious commitment to teaching, which leaves very little time for anything else. Last semester I taught in Lahti University of Applied Sciences (photo­graphy / video editing / multi­media) and Aalto ARTS University in Helsinki (multi­media). In addition I was doing some one-on-one teaching and attended … 

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