Moving to a place with a completely different climate (from Finland to Morocco) changes a lot of things. First of all, every instinct I have about the seasons (the smell of one changing into another, the cloud patterns, the length of the day) is completely wrong: last week, I was convinced that it was June, but my calendar claimed that it was February. Second, the living creatures look different, behave strangely and keep growing throughout the year instead of hibernating. We keep buying locally produced vegetables no matter if it’s winter, summer or something else. It might sound like a complaint, but it really isn’t; it’s different, and beautiful.
Every morning, I take a walk around the farm where I live. A couple of days ago, I went into a greenhouse and saw that the magnificent papaya tree had lost one of its huge fruits. It wasn’t ripe yet, so I decided to take it with me so I could photograph and dissect it – crazy biologist mode kicking in. I’ve seen papayas in the shops in Finland, but this is the first place I’ve seen them grow.
And what better way to get to know someone/something, than by taking portraits of them?
The ageless papaya.
You might’ve already guessed that Essaouira is one of my favourite cities in Morocco. It’s also the default place to go when we have guests, which is why I visited this beautiful, old town for the second time in two months just last week. One would think that at some point, you run out of photos to take there. I don’t expect that will happen, because the sea and the people constantly change. Oh, and the cats and gulls and dogs, of course!
Here are some of my favourite shots from our recent vacation in this ancient, walled city. I hope you enjoy them!
It was very, VERY windy.
Removing the colour from things that are usually appreciated or valued precisely for that attribute can bring out new aspects of those objects – shapes, patterns, structures that are easily missed because of the overwhelming attention colours demand.
Here are five photos of such objects. You can probably figure out what they are – but if you let your mind wander and your thoughts run free, you might see almost anything. I hope you enjoy it.
So here we are again – another year is over and we’re all wiser! Photographically, this has been a great year for me. I’ve taken a huge amount of photos, both for work and for pleasure (not that those two are in any way separate), I’ve had two very nice exhibitions and I’ve been employed as a photographer for the first time ever!
To make this year’s “summary” a bit easier, I decided to choose one photograph per month. I hope this helps me show the variety of photography I’ve done during this very intense year – and a glimpse into my life as a photographer.
Here we go – a flash-back into the year 2013. I hope you’ve all had a great one and the next one will be even better! Thanks for all your views, comments and likes, they warm my heart.
In January, I experimented with colours and fungi.
It’s been a while! Since the last time I made a post on here, I’ve had two photo exhibitions and a move to Morocco – events that made it hard to keep up a regular blogging schedule. Now that I’m back, I hope to change that. There’s so much to photograph here! I also post a lot of photos on my personal blog. The photos are quite different from the ones on here, and the writing is in Swedish, but you’re of course welcome to have a look if you want.
Last week, I visited Essaouira (again), a port city in southern Morocco. It’s one of my favourite places in the world – it’s so colourful and full of life. The closeness to the Atlantic is also stunning. Everyone who stays there, tourists and residents alike, seem to be drawn to it, to walk on the sandy shore and swim or surf among the waves. I swam on christmas eve!
It’s such a marvellous place that it’s difficult not to share some views from there. I tried to not only be overwhelmed by the place, but also have some plans for my photographic endevours. I really wanted to catch the light before sunrise, and I hoped to do some long-exposure photography. I managed both, and some more. Here are some of the photos I really enjoyed – I hope you like them too. Feel free to comment if you do, but also if you don’t!
Where sea meets land.
Today, for the first time ever, we’re officially celebrating the Day of Finnish Nature! It’s a day for appreciation and maybe a bit of reflection, too – what does nature mean to us, and why are we destroying it? I also hope this day will raise awareness of the natural catastrophes that take place in Finland every year, caused both by companies and individuals. Money comes first far too often.
Here, I want to share some photos of people enjoying the natural world around them. Nature is extremely important to me in every possible way – I hope that will always be the case. Maybe you’ll take some time today to go out and enjoy the natural beauty around you? Appreciation has no political boundaries.
In the outer archipelago.
No matter how far and wide we travel, there’s always more to find just around the corner from where we’ve spent all our lives. That was the thought passing through my mind as I was slowly gliding through the shallow water on a sunny, hot, July day. The cranes were singing their duets as they flew over our heads, or standing in the reeds, looking majestic, as always. The fish were jumping and the terns were fishing. Otherwise, it was quiet – it wasn’t yet weekend, so people hadn’t arrived at their summer cottages; and anyway, the water was so shallow that you couldn’t possibly find our secluded part of the archipelago unless you had a kayak.
The world looks different from a kayak. Sometimes, I forget that I’m actually sitting in a boat of sorts – it starts feeling like a part of my own body. Being so close to the surface of the water gives a different perspective, and the shape of the kayak means that you can go places that are otherwise hard to reach. To me, it’s also a good lesson in learning not to always think, “This would be such a great photo!”, but to enjoy an experience for what it is – while kayaking, I keep my camera packed away safely in a waterproof bag.
Kayaking once a year is almost a tradition now. Me and my wonderful friend Ika started it in 2009, continued in 2010, then took a 2-year break, and started again this year. Despite mostly keeping the camera hidden while kayaking, I managed to take enough photos to share with you. After all, we spent the nights in beautiful places and enjoyed ourselves as much as possible. So here’s a peek into our little adventure in the Replot archipelago (part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) – just around the corner from where both me and Ika grew up.
A calm evening at our first sleeping site. Thanks to the “every man’s rights“, it’s relatively easy to find a beautiful place to stay.