Look what the sun brought me – Shadow Studies Pt.1

As a lover of patterns it’s no surprise that I’ve developed an interest in taking abstract photographs. It’s usually images of textures and patterns taken in spur of the moment with my phone before they end up on instagram. That’s why I’ve come to associate the abstract photos with spontaneity, I can rarely plan a photoshoot in advance. Maybe that will change as I experiment more and take more images.

These images were taken with my dslr but the process was spontaneous non the less. They were taken on an unusually sunny March morning when the sun was so strong it was creating really sharp shadows. I happened to have some glass items on the table and the morning free to experiment. I love how from some angles the images look like ink or charcoal drawings. Do you agree? Or what do you see?

I have a lot of glass items at home (more on that in another post) and I really liked playing with shadows, so I think I’ll explore this theme a little bit more. I’m also tempted to manipulate experiment with these images in photoshop. Stay tuned for part 2 of the Shadow Studies.

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Mood Board Love – Antique Lemons

Category : Inspiration, Works
Date : 04/04/2017
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Mood Board Love – Antique Lemons

Image credits : The Met Rijksmuseum

I love making mood boards. So much so I’ve sometimes wondered if mood board maker could be a full time job. I would maybe get tired of it though. I usually prefer making my mood boards like my collages, by hand from old magazines. But lately I’ve been testing doing them in photoshop and I thought I’d share some of them with you. I still haven’t settled for one layout, I want to try out different ones for a while. I hope you find them inspiring.





The accidental wedding crasher

Category : Inspiration, Travel
Date : 06/02/2017
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The accidental wedding crasher

Ok, so I didn’t actually crash any weddings per se, I just happened to be among the tourists outside the shrines when these weddings took place. I was so intrigued by the couples’ wedding attire that I couldn’t help taking some pictures, I really hope they don’t mind! I would like to learn more about these garments so if you know about a good book or documentary on the subject, please let me know.

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I just love the pattern and colours of this kimono.

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Funny story, at some point this groom was waving some kind of device in the air as the wedding photographer was telling the family where to stand. I asked my friend what he was doing and while she was telling me that it was some kind of 360 degree camera, he made eye contact. He nodded in our direction and smiled like he was saying “I know you’re talking about this cool gadget of mine”

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This couple seemed very relaxed when they were getting their picture taken. The other weddings parties we saw felt much more formal somehow.

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I really like the shape of this bride’s headdress.

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Every bride and groom should have an umbrella carrier at their wedding!

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How odd it must be to be surrounded by so many tourists on your wedding day.

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I hope one day I might be able to attend a wedding like this in its entirety.



In a galaxy very very near

Date : 26/01/2017
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In a galaxy very very near

I have thing for fireworks. I love watching them and in the past few years I’ve been very keen on photographing them as well. This has not always been the case. There was a time when fireworks made me incredibly tense as the sound reminded me of bombs. It took a while but eventually I was able to go outside and enjoy the explosion of colours.

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As for photographing fireworks, it started with my previous camera that had a fireworks setting. I don’t think I was using that setting properly but I loved the messy abstract images I got. Now that I’ve gotten better acquainted with my dslr I know I should use a tripod to get the proper shots. I however find that it is the random experimental images that speak to me. You know the ones, that look like someone put a laser in a blender or nebulas and galaxies far far away. I do plan to buy a tripod and then I’ll try the more professional way of photographing fireworks.

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After I watched the fireworks marking the beginning of Finland’s centenary anniversary and the euphoria of that experience had worn off, I started thinking how I’d just basically watched tens of thousands (maybe even hundreds of thousands) of euros being blown up. Don’t get me wrong, everything costs money and anniversaries should be celebrated but it’s still a a lot of money for a few minutes. There’s also an environmental aspect to consider. But if we were to get rid of fireworks what would replace them? Lazer light shows? I don’t know, it wouldn’t be quit the same but I’m open to the possibilities the future holds.

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