Notes of (on) my life

Dusty, untouched piano, and dead tunes, somewhere so far north that the world should be preserved only for wild-life, not humans.

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The painting of my soul, the meandering of water shaping the environment, spreading the colors, disturbed by straight lines drawn by humans.

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These photographs (taken last summer in Svalbard) capture my sadness at the moment, the underlying change and strenght behind the primary expression of stillness and solitude.

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Snow, chocolate, dogs = Easter

IMG_1614Still no update on my travels, but it is on my to-do-list! Just after I returned home, and just before Easter, a new Vyborg dog arrived, a brother to the previous one, as she was so lovely.  And he is too.

I don’t mind the snow like other people seem to, but I’m a bit worried about the birds coming here.

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Remember the darkness

I have been busy with travels and work – I will update something on those later, now just a quick one to keep this going before I give up again. This is to remember and acknowledge the darkness within me, and everyone else, and especially the beauty in it. Darkness brings peace and condolence. Now another summer with its harsh light is approaching and I will surely miss the embracing darkness. This is my home street since December 2016, a bit over one year now. The picture is taken in October 2017.

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Supercomputing Gaudi

Last summer I also visited Barcelona for work. I didn’t have time to see Gaudi buildings but managed to take a few shitty photographs that I manipulated to look… photoshopped? Maybe I didn’t get the feeling of the city, but it was way too loud and crowded for me – even further away of the city center where my hotel and the Super Computing Center were.

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I walked (yes: I WALKED. And yes, I know now that Barcelona is too big and way too crowded with cars to have a relaxing walk) to The Church straight from the airport, afraid that there wouldn’t be a chance after that. The church reminded me of a giant nest of ants, with ants replaced by humans.

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A fragment of the statue of Columbus, if I remember correctly. The huge one by the harbor.

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The impact of nature on nature through the human eyes

I was going through my old photographs – or ”old” as they were from last summer, only 6 months ago – and found myself surprised of how much I traveled and how much I forgot of these travels. First of all, I was on R/V Aranda for a few days. The trip was quite extraordinary as we stayed really close to the shore, in very shallow waters, placing some cages filled with sea shells in the vicinity of the mines from WWII in order to study how the deteriorating mines influence the life in the sea. So many of the  CTD casts I took were only 6(!) meters in depth. In addition, there were not as many photos of the sea as usually, but pictures of land!

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This is an island on which all the trees are dead due to the shit loads from great cormorants (merimetso) that the people blame on destroying the nature. But guess what…

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…the humans have a much greater impact on the view! This picture is taken from the same spot as the previous, just a bit different direction.

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At the same spot there was also a nest of an osprey (sääksi) and the habitant of the nest him/herself circling around (only seagulls captured in this photograph).

Because this time Aranda travelled from Helsinki to Vaasa, where part of the crew (me too) was exchanged, I visited my two cousins living there.

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With the other one we visited Merenkurkku archipelago where the land uplift is still influencing the environment.

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There were swans everywhere! This is from the Söderfjärden crater.

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My other cousin is a judge and he showed me around the Royal Court (Hovioikeus).

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In the company of a Dog

This week I was again a lazy photographer: I went for a walk in the Hietaniemi cemetery with my friend and as I’m pretty shy in taking pictures and like to enjoy company when I have some, I decided not to take my camera. We went to see the graves of the deceased presidents Koivisto, Kekkonen, Relander, Ryti, Mannerheim… I had not visited those before (actually, I hadn’t visited the cemetery after my blog post in October 2012), so I could say it was time, although there were other more interesting things that would have inspired me to take photos if I had had my camera with me.

Instead I tried to take pictures of a rescue dog that I have been taking care of for six weeks now. She is way too black for photographs! In addition she moves way too quickly for the current light to be sufficient for capturing her.

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Stealing my mitten, finding a stick and showing her teeth – pretty much all you can distinguish in the blackness against the white ground.

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Almost still for a moment between the jumps, just the tail and ears are out of focus :D.

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Year of the owl

I had forgotten that I had this ”photography blog” but as I stumbled across it in December, I kind of made a New Year’s resolution to post something once a week. Well, now more than week has passed, but I will give it a try anyway. (I planned to take my camera to the outdoor light festival LUX Helsinki last week, but as I was leaving, I noticed the battery had died and thus I wasn’t able to take photos.)

Today I went to see the great gray owl (lapinpöllö) that has come to visit this southern city since this winter the amount of voles and other rodents has collapsed.

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Fortunately we saw him catch food!

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No food after this landing, just funny owl pose.

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Art photography. Not even sure if this was from the owl.

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There was also a quite exquisite view towards the city center with the cranes at the construction work cite of Kalasatama in front. The winter light is always so beautiful, dim and oblique – the summer light is too aggressive for my taste.

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Summer 2012: Gdynia and Gdansk

I have too many unorganized photos from last year, so maybe it is a good thing I don’t feel inspired to take more this year. Some memories, dating back almost exactly one year. My first stop on my trip to Poland. People told me that Gdynia is nothing special and I should go to Gdansk instead; somehow I still have several beautiful and interesting pictures from Gdynia and only the two last ones from Gdansk. Apparently I find the banality and dullness more inspiring.

Sun setting on the roofs of Gdynia.

Sun setting on the roofs of Gdynia.

My hotel in Gdynia.

My hotel in Gdynia.

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Blue skies and iron, part 1.

Blue sky and iron, part 1.

Blue sky and iron, part 2.

Blue sky and iron, part 2.

I found the market hall in Gdynia too late...

I found the market hall in Gdynia too late…

... but there was still someone!

… but there was still someone to sell me strawberries, putting some extra on top!

Sun playing with the guns in Gdynia.

Sun playing with the guns in Gdynia.

Sea side painter in Gdynia.

Sea side painter in Gdynia.

A cute and tired beggar in Gdansk.

A beggar in Gdansk.

Drinking coffee and eating charlotka in old Gdansk. Admiring the view through a spiderweb.

Drinking coffee and eating charlotka in old Gdansk. Admiring the view through a spiderweb (the spider didn’t need to be hungry either).

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Time passes and the seasons change faster and faster the older I get

I was almost hibernating for half a year, but some pictures from October, November and December 2012 prove that I still used my camera to document my life. I would like to add here that they are nothing special, but then it would sound like the rest of my pictures actually are special. And it sounds stupid to be sorry for oneself, so I try to ignore the banality of my everyday life and make the most of it. So here is my life as it was towards the end of year 2012.

I got a visitor in November. And yes, that is nettle on my window sill, I used to add it for bread, but past winter it died.

I got a visitor in October. And yes, that is nettle on my window sill, I used to add it for self-baked bread, but past winter it died.

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The unusually warm November woke up a butterfly in my parents house.

The unusually warm November woke up a butterfly in my parents house.

A proof of how warm and sunny and green it was in November! But the shadows were growing taller...

A proof of how warm and sunny and green it was in November! But the shadows were growing taller…

The green was eventually replaced by grayness.

The green was eventually replaced by grayness. Some might claim that the settings of my camera were off, but I kinda like the artificial brightness, because, damn, it was bright! That’s why I took these pictures.

The white speckle between the gray branches is a swan.

The white speckle between the gray branches is a swan.

The sun made soap bubbles out of air.

The sun made soap bubbles out of air.

Grayness and fog of the last November I spent in this flat.

Grayness and fog of the last November I spent in this flat. And I can admit it now: I love my plants, especially my yucca is so photogenic!

My new street in December.

My new street in December.

Exploring my new neighborhood and admiring the snow and how the city lights colored the sky.

Exploring my new neighborhood and admiring the snow and how the city lights colored the sky.

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Holiday pictures taken while working

A workshop in Italy, two main themes of pictures:

1) The sea. Always important for both holidays and for work. It looks quite similar wherever you are.

2) The colorful houses, with clothes drying on the balcony. Always interesting for a person living in a country with so many restrictions as Finland, where you are not allowed to spoil anyone’s view by hanging colorful things, such as clothes or flowers, on your balcony.

There were couple of occasions when I really wanted to take pictures of people, but unfortunately they were always facing me and I didn’t dare to.

The sun was sinking into the Mediterranean Sea around 7pm.

Another almost postcard picture, I waited forever to get one without people, but after all, I found the one with people more interesting.

Very organized and beautiful formation of different types of boats in the harbor.

Splash! A view down from the castle of Lerici.

Mediterranean Sea seen from Portovenere.

The castle in Portovenere.

Walking tour in the bushes of some island outside of Portovenere.

On that island, there was really nothing else to take pictures of than the plants (but I do like the brightness of the whiteness here).

Painted wall.

The picture I like the best from the trip: the cat of the hotel I was staying, I was in a hurry taking the picture because I thought the cat was running away, so I had no time to change any settings of my camera though it was already getting dark. I like the gray and foggy look of it, a stray cat wondering the abandoned streets by night.

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