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Category : Food for thought

18 Dec 2017

Art, life and everything

It’s early on Saturday morning. I had forgotten to switch off my alarm from Saturday last week, and it went off at 6.45am. Once I’m awake, I’m awake… there’s nothing to be done. So I figured, why not write something down for my blog, something that’s been on my mind lately. It all started with a discussion I had with a fellow artist. It had to do with the fact that when you’re an artist you have to face the […]

24 Jul 2017

Holy frustration

It’s windy today. I’m sitting at a dock in Eastern Finland listening to the sound of waves crashing into the pier. My hair is flying in the wind. There’s something about standing on the shore facing a brisk wind. It clears your mind. It makes room for new ideas. It gives new direction. These past months of blog silence have been filled with what I call holy frustration. The life of an artist is rarely smooth sailing. It’s highs and […]

06 Mar 2017

Things that complete me

Gosh, who stole February?! That short month just flew by without warning and without me getting a chance to put things down on paper (well, on screen) for my blog. But aren’t we thrilled to be in March?! Spring is just around the corner. A while back, I was watching an online course taught by a photographer called Karen Hutton. She has a truly interesting story and really amazing work. There was one thing that stuck with me. She was […]

16 Jan 2017

Can you feel it?

The other day I was listening to an interview of a French film director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. You know him, the one who directed Amélie and Alien, to mention a few. He was asked which of his films he liked the best. His answer took me by surprise. “It depends on the day,” he said. “Sometimes when I look at my films, all I can see are flaws.” I didn’t see that coming! Here’s a famous film director whose films are […]

14 Dec 2016

The rhythm inside you

The sleigh bells are ringing again as we get close to Christmas. One would think that, daylight being scarce, our pace would also drop, but the opposite seems to happen, every year. We turn into little busy bees and keep thinking there’s just not enough time. Is that why some people are so put off by Christmas? It’s hard not to be affected by the rhythm around you. Actually, that’s something that’s been on my mind lately: rhythm. You see, […]

29 Sep 2016

This thing about autumn

You know how different seasons have different characteristics? Winter is about being cozy in candlelight with something warm to drink. Spring is marked by anticipation: nature is waking up, and we are counting the signs of the beginning of summer. Summer, then, is about relaxing and enjoying the sunny days, playing and having fun. And autumn – what is autumn all about? You might feel differently, but to me autumn has always been about inspiration and excitement. It’s the time […]

21 Apr 2016

No more snapshots!

Springtime has stimulated my brain. My mind’s inquisitiveness is growing like the crocuses in your back yard. I’ve been led to basic questions such as: Why does suffering often make good artists? What makes a good photograph? And: Why does coffee taste so much better in fresh air? While I’m still pondering the “why” questions (let me know if you have the answers to these!), I have some interesting insights to share on the “what” question. At least I hope […]

02 Mar 2016

Dream a little dream

So February came and went – without a blog post. If ever there was a blogging 101, the number one no-no would be to let your blog sit without a post for a long time. So I can check that box now (good start, moving right along). The number two would be to apologise by explaining how busy life’s been. Not going to check that box 😉 Do you want to know what went down? Stick around, I’ll tell you all […]

21 Jan 2016

Strikes of inspiration

Along came January and brought lots of snow – at least here in Finland. The trees look as if they’ve been bombarded with cotton balls. I feel like I’m stuck in Christmas with “Dashing through the snow” and “Let it snow, let it snow…” ringing in my head. They should have more songs about snow in January! Something that’s been on my mind lately is inspiration, the very nature of it. Don’t you just love feeling inspired? Work emails practically […]

16 Nov 2015

Day trip to Fiskars

November is here (sigh) but this year it actually hasn’t been half bad! On many a morning I’ve been delighted by the clear, soft sunlight making everything so beautiful and enchanting. The sun going down at 4 p.m. is of course a different story.. Not ideal for shooting in natural light 😉 – but let’s not go into that. Four weeks ago (time flies!) we went on a day trip to an idyllic small village called Fiskars. It’s a village […]