I’ve written about this multimedia piece couple of times earlier. But please bear with me one more time.
Today I had the honor of receiving the Multimedia of the Year 2013 Award (Suomen Lehtikuvaajat / Finnish Pressphotographers Association) together with Heli Kaskinen in Helsinki for DocImages.
My role in this production was simply to act as a mentor and a producer – the actual hard work was done by Heli.
It’s her story, her honesty – and especially her courage which makes this piece what it is.
If you have seen it, you know what I am talking about. And if you haven’t, it’s about the time you do (click here).
I don’t know if it is the fact that one is older – or is it the teacher in me… but hearing the applause for a work of a student you have pushed forward really touches you. Maybe more than awards you have received alone by yourself in the past.
Because I can say: “We did this”. We. Not the “I”. Not the “me, myself, I…” what we photographers tend fall into sometimes. But: “We”.
All the merits of this work are Heli’s. I cannot emphasize that enough. You could say that technically it leaves a lot to hope for (and I totally I agree) and I take full blame for that. And I add: that was a conscious choice.
But with all it’s flaws it yet again proves the point my students have heard me saying more times than they care to remember:
“The three most important things in multimedia? The story, the story… and the story”.
Congratulations Heli. It is a true honor to work with an artist like you.